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Wimbush has taken his guests to view the home farm. Six of them are viewing the pigsty when Mr. Wimbush announces proudly that his sow had a litter of 14. He continues that the sow next to it 27 ALDOUS HUXLEY AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING only delivered five. If she is not successful, given one more chance at greater productivity, she will be fattened and killed. Pointing to the boar and indicating that he may see the same fate since he is beyond his prime, these proclamations incite horror, delight and amazement among those assembled.

Antic Hay: A Novel of Social Criticism The angst of a lost generation is posited on three distinct but related levels in Antic Hay: loathing for the past, blindness to potential in the present, and an illusory trust in the inevitability of a happier future. On the first level is the dehumanizing and destructive aftermath of modern mechanized war that has left the younger generation cynical and shorn of ideals. Alexander Henderson sums up the mood of the novel as a reflection of the times: Of certain sides of London during those years it gives an unsurpassed picture.

Wimbush. Each person is given a role: Anne is to man the tea tent; Mary will look after the children’s sports; Gombauld will be painting portraits in five minutes for a shilling; and Mr. Scogan volunteers to tell fortunes, a role he takes on with gusto as he comically dresses as a woman and provides outrageous auguries to the unlearned and gullible townspeople. Denis is to write a poem — one that only sells three copies — and is to act as a steward to the event, a function that allows the reader to see much along with him.

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