At the age of five, he moved to the Home of the Students, where he lived until he was fifteen. Friendship's evil too, since everyone is supposed to love everyone else equally. The sleeping halls there were white and clean and bare of all things save one hundred beds. Then he starts talking about the Unspeakable Word, that once said is punishable by death. Equality 7-2521 describes his childhood at the Home for Infants, where he lived with all the other boys of his age , in a white room with a hundred beds and nothing else.
In the tunnel, Equality 7-2521 records in his journal how he had lived at the Home of the Street Sweepers for 4 years. The Teachers told us so, and they frowned when they looked upon us. Every night after that when Equality reached the Theater for the evening performance, he would sneak out and go to his tunnel. He snuck back to his tunnel where he writes all this and waits for tomorrow to come. They are a tall, strong youth and their eyes are like fireflies, for there is laughter in their eyes.
He thinks about the possible uses of his discovery, and decides that he must present his light to the World Council of Scholars. He knows what he is doing is wrong, and he believes no one in his memory has ever committed crimes so evil. Like he does with himself, by the way, he refers to each of them in the plural. There don't seem to be any social relationships, because one cannot prefer one man over another. But this is not the only sin upon us. We would accept our Life Mandate, and we would work for our brothers, gladly and willingly, and we would erase our sin against them, which they did not know, but we knew. Alternate character names: This character is also referred to as the Transgressor.
The evil of our crime is not for the human mind to probe. They live in the Home of the Peasants. The Council of vacations tells each person what his job will be. Both have suffered because the Council of Vocations deemed them too capable for their true vocations, but International 4-8818 is afraid of punishment and refuses to explore the tunnel with Equality 7-2521. Two years prior to the writing of his journal, Equality 7-2521 is working beside International 4-8818 because Union 5-3992 is sick with convulsions, and the two discover the iron grill entrance to a tunnel among the weeds next to the City Theatre. It is as if there isn't even any knowledge of the words 'I' and 'me. GradeSaver, 31 July 2009 Web.
The Council of Vocations decided that Equality 7-2521's life mandate would be a street sweeper, so Equality 7-2521 said he felt happy about that. He wanted to be a Scholar. He tells Internationl4-8818 his friend to promise not to tell anyone about the tunnel. He was a troublesome child because he often fought with the other boys who lived there. However, he believes in the Teachers because they have been appointed by the just and powerful Council, and he feels guilty because he wants a specific job after the end of his schooling, although he should accept the wisdom of the Council of Vocations. When the children turn fifteen, they are sorted by the Council of Vocations, which is made up of elders who assign each child a vocation. So we turned and we crawled back, our hand on the iron line.
Equality 7-2521 explains that all children begin in the Home of Infants where they stay until they are five years old. Men aren't supposed to notice women. Then he gets hungry and kills a bird with an arrow he made out of a rock, he cooks and eats it, then feels gook about killing and eating the bird. Then visiting Leaders mount the pulpit and they read to us the speeches which were made in the City Council that day, for the City Council represents all men and all men must know. It whispers to us that there are great things on this earth of ours, and that we can know them if we try, and that we must know them. At forty, they are worn out. All the wile Golden One stays in front of the mirror and falls asleep there.
Never, not in the memory of the Ancient Ones' Ancients, never have men done that which we are doing. But we loved the Science of Things. They sat before us and they did not move. The House of Street Sweepers appears to act as a repository for two categories of men -- those such as Union 5-3992 who are too weak or dull for any other job, and those such as Equality 7-2521 and International 4-8818 who are too talented to risk having a more powerful niche in society. They have no friends or family, they all receive the same food and clothing, they can't even choose their own jobs. That sounds great to us, but in this society, curiosity and intelligence are considered very bad. Chapter 2- Equality7-2521 falls in love with a girl he sees working in a field for the House of.
And when we cleaned the yard of the Home of the Scholars, we gathered the glass vials, the pieces of metal, the dried bones which they had discarded. But he'd rather do evil with Equality 7-2521 than good with everyone else. It was that the learning was too easy. So he ran until he fell. Equality 7-2521 recounts his childhood in the Home of the Infants, where he was disciplined for fighting with his brethren. To speak the Unspeakable Word is the only crime punished by death. As a Street Sweeper, Equality 7-2521 lives by a strict daily schedule, and, before their daily visits to the City Theatre to watch plays about work and duty, the Street Sweepers meet with other men at a Social Meeting in the City Hall, where the Leaders give speeches and the men sing hymns about equality and collectivism.
He works in a three-person brigade with Union 5-3992 and , the latter of whom is too full of laughter and thus was assigned to the Street Sweepers instead of the Artists. We alone, of the thousands who walk this earth, we alone in this hour are doing a work which has no purpose save that we wish to do it. Nothing matters save the work, our secret, our evil, our precious work. But he, assuming it's a he, doesn't care. Only they are wise enough to know.