Aldous Huxley, New Edition (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom

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Well, you know; while he wouldn’t change any. 28 James H. Quina Jr. And once you get over the first shock . . well, they look like they were having a pretty good time. I mean in their own way of course. In Huxley’s system, an identification with the temporal world is considered evil because once the individual has grounded his identity in an object which is impermanent, the personality of the individual begins to decay. We have seen that in Huxley’s world man will destroy himself by placing ultimate value on his own identity.

19):1 ‘One, two, three, four—counting each movement of his hand, he began to caress her. The gesture was magical, would transport him, if repeated sufficiently often, beyond the past and the future’, is very similar to another sentence he reads soon after (Chapter 4, p. 20): ‘“Thirty-one . . thirty-two”, the boy said The Yearbook of English Studies, Volume 2 (1972): pp. 212–224. Copyright © 1972 Maney Publishing on behalf of Modern Humanities Research Association. ’ What is made clear in the context is (roughly) that the mechanical activity of counting was for the boy in 1903 an instinctive way of escaping from unpleasantness and grief (at his mother’s funeral), and has become for the mature man of 1933 a conscious and systematic device to limit his consciousness to the palpable present.

Some sort of justification will be immediately apparent. If he is at all responsive, he cannot fail to notice that the sentence (Chapter 3, p. 19):1 ‘One, two, three, four—counting each movement of his hand, he began to caress her. The gesture was magical, would transport him, if repeated sufficiently often, beyond the past and the future’, is very similar to another sentence he reads soon after (Chapter 4, p. 20): ‘“Thirty-one . . thirty-two”, the boy said The Yearbook of English Studies, Volume 2 (1972): pp.

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