Brave New World

Chapter 11;

"To say one was a mother-that was past a joke: it was an obscenity. Moreover, she wasn't a real savage, had been hatched out of a bottle and conditioned like any one else: so couldn't have really quaint ideas."

A. What does this imply about Linda's placement in society?

B. Why does the doctor agree to give Linda as much soma as she wants? What concern does John raise? How does the doctor respond?

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Linda was hatched, she would have been a low ranking caste or level in society. The Doctor thinks that, although the soma will shorten her life, she is experiencing "eternity" with each pill. She is happier on the soma holiday rather than experiencing reality. John is concerned the doctor doesn't care about Linda's health. Really the doctor believes the euphoric holiday beats her sad existence in reality.