Re: Part Three, Chapters III–IV (3 - 4)
Part 3 Ch3
Well, when Dagny went on Scudders show, what a show that was:
If you would like to know more about Rand’s view on romantic love, this book I recently read, does a great job of applying Rand‘s Objectivism to relationships, The Selfish Path to Romance: How to Love with Passion and Reason
by Drs. Ellen Kenner and Edwin Locke. Rand also wrote about relationships, see her “On a Woman President”, Peikoff’s book Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
the chapter on sex.
Her views on love/sex can be found:http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/love.htmlhttp://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/sex.html
This is the best part of Dagny’s speech:
Part 3 Ch. 4
This is a chapter that largely deals with Cherryl.
Recall her hero worship of Taggart. But, as the marriage went on… that vision of him, eroded…
“I must learn everything that Mrs. James Taggart is expected to know and to be,” was the way she explained her purpose to a teacher of etiquette. She set out to learn with the devotion, the discipline, the drive of a military cadet or a religious novice. It was the only way, she thought, of earning the height which her husband had granted her on trust, of living up to his vision of her, which it was now her duty to achieve. And, not wishing to confess it to herself, she felt also that at the end of the long task she would recapture her vision of him, that knowledge would bring back to her the man she had seen on the night of his railroad’s triumph.
Knowledge did not seem to bring her a clearer vision of Jim’s world, but to make the mystery greater. She could not believe that she was supposed to feel respect for the dreary senselessness of the art shows which his friends attended, of the novels they read, of the political magazines they discussed— the art shows, where she saw the kind of drawings she had seen chalked on any pavement of her childhood’s slums— the novels, that purported to prove the futility of science, industry, civilization and love, using language that her father would not have used in his drunkenest moments— the magazines, that propounded cowardly generalities, less clear and more stale than the sermons for which she had condemned the preacher of the slum mission as a mealy-mouthed old fraud. She could not believe that these things were the culture she had so reverently looked up to and so eagerly waited to discover. She felt as if she had climbed a mountain toward a jagged shape that had looked like a castle and had found it to be the crumbling ruin of a gutted warehouse.
With how many times she mentioned phony in the following here, I thought I was reading J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye
for a minute…
This is a revealing passage about the nature of Taggart:
Now things are coming together for her, once she talked to Eddie Willers. The very thing that attracted her to James Taggart, her thinking of him as being a real hero, he in fact was not…
Then after much convo, she just had to get out of there, and she ends up going to see Dagny of all people.
This is a striking description for Dagny to think to herself of Cherryl, after just having talked to her:
Just after talking to Dagny when she got home, the wind started to blow, when she realized Jim was with another woman there and:
After a convo with him then, he ends up hitting her. The plant with a broken stem, broke completely. Soon afterwards when she left:
What is most striking about that, is she committed suicide as a means of self-preservation. What a tragic ending to such a wonderful girl.