Atlas Shrugged Summary and Analysis of Part II, Chapters IX and X


Francisco returns to Dagny’s house in Chapter IX, “The Face Without Discomfort or Fear or Guilt” to attempt to charm her way of considering the looter government. They are having an intense discussion when Hank, who has an essential to Dagny’s home and spends the night with her whenever he can manage it, walks in and sees them together. He is angry, and in the beginning thinks that perhaps Francisco has styles on Dagny. He is likewise still angered about what Francisco has actually done to his delivery of d’Anconia copper. Hank strikes Francisco, and learns that Dagny is the lady that Francisco has actually liked all these years.

The three talk, and Francisco leaves when Hank lastly recognizes that there is nothing going on between Dagny and Francisco right now, however Francisco was Dagny’s very first lover. During this discussion Dagny gains from Francisco that there is a “destroyer loose in the world” (637 ), and that Francisco is not he. The male, however, is understood to Francisco, and was the person who seduced Ken Danagger away, in addition to lots of other captains of industry.

Dagny gets a letter from Quentin Daniels, stating that he is going to give up working on the fixed electrical energy motor. He can not work under Directive 10-289, because, if he succeeds in reassembling it and making it work, he refuses to give it to the looter federal government to utilize for their functions. This causes Dagny to right away leave to discover him, and try to convince him to keep working on the motor. She calls Eddie to her home to offer him directions on business for when she is gone, and while he is there Eddie sees Hank Rearden’s dressing dress hanging in Dagny’s closet. Eddie had as soon as breakfasted with Hank in his suite in the Wayne-Falkland hotel, and he recognizes it. Eddie at once understands that Dagny is having an affair with Hank, information that upsets him in such a way that surprises him.

After Dagny leaves, Eddie goes to the Terminal snack bar and has a conversation with the mysterious train worker. Their relationship has turned into one of frank confession on Eddie’s side, and client listening on the employee’s. Eddie lets slip not only that Dagny is going to Utah to try to win back Quentin Daniels to the motor task, however also that she is sleeping with Hank Rearden. This causes the employee to instantly start up and leave, unexpected Eddie.

In her personal vehicle on the Comet going west, in Chapter X “The Indication of the Dollar” Dagny encounters a tramp attempting to drawback a ride. She calls him into her car, and feeds him and asks him concerns. She lets him stay for the night, and listens as this man, Jeff Allan, tell her a tale about the deterioration at the Twentieth-Century Motor Company. This is of interest to her since that is the business at which the innovator of the motor was working prior to he disappeared. The tale of the collectivist policies voted into action by the workers, and the venal and misdirected practices of the Starnes heirs (particularly Ivy Starnes, whom Dagny has satisfied while on her look for the innovator of the motor) who ran the company into the ground, is the story of the economy of America under the collectivist government in mini.

The train winds up frozen one night on the prairie, as many trains have actually begun to be, when the whole crew leaves at the same time, in the middle of the night. Dagny takes charge, and the guests do nothing but complain to her. Owen Kellogg, the employee Dagny as soon as wanted to promote, is discovered on the train traveling west to his yearly month-long vacation in Colorado “with buddies” and Dagny presses him into service to stroll with her to the next track telephone to call for aid. They need to stroll to the 2nd one since the first one is out of order– a distance of well over 5 miles in the dark of night. When they finally reach the phone and call for assistance, Dagny chooses to leave the train and fly west by renting an airplane at a little close-by airfield. She is in a fantastic hurry to reach Quentin Daniels prior to he is eliminated by the “destroyer”. Prior to she leaves she instructs Owen Kellogg to inform Hank Rearden what has occurred, and to tell Eddie Willers to offer Jeff Allan a task. Owen provides her a cigarette, and she notices that it is stamped with the gold indication of the dollar. It is much like the one she obtained from Hugh Akston in the restaurant in the Rockies.

Dagny flies her airplane to Afton Utah, and tries to get a vehicle to take her to the Utah Institute of Technology where Quentin works. However the airfield attendant tells here that there is “no one there” (693 ), and Quentin Daniels has actually simply left with a man who flew off with him in a lovely aircraft. Dagny immediately returns in her aircraft and follows them, up through a high challenging pass in the Rockies. She is baffled due to the fact that the aircraft she is pursuing starts to descend into a rift in the mountains that seems to just have a rocky ledge at the bottom however, fearlessly, she follows it. She handles in some way to crash-land her plane on a lawn landing field that appears unexpectedly where there must have been none, and she says “Oh hell! Who is John Galt!” (697) before she is knocked unconscious.


Francisco mentions a “Second Renaissance” (637) of America, for which he prepares to wait. This would seek the total destruction of the looter federal government, a time for which Francisco, Ragnar, and their friends are planning to rebuild the world with men like Hank Rearden, for whom they have been hoarding gold. This is the second mention (Ragnar’s was the very first) of a time in the future, after a horrible fall of civilization, when there will be a world of unbiased worths and the power of money returned to the “producers”, who would be the successors and reconstructors of civilization. Ragnar and Francisco want nothing less than the remaking of the world; at present, they are trying to accelerate its destruction in furtherance of this objective. The scope of this job is international, although it is fixated the financial engine of the world, the United States. The conceit and confidence of these guys, who presume that they can control the entire world and remake it in the image that they pick, is staggering. The 3rd male, who has been described obliquely many times which the reader by now has deduced must be a real person named John Galt, is apparently the leader and the mastermind of the motion. He should be a formidable character, certainly.

Quentin Daniels defection was not unexpected; Instruction 10-289 has actually managed to draw the desire for work out of all however the most devoted, such as Dagny and Hank. Quentin, isolated in Utah and working just on a project of uncertain outcome, would be particularly prone to the destroyer, because no lives currently depend on his work as lives depend on Hank and Dagny’s.

The mentally charged scene in between Hank, Francisco, and Dagny reveals the depth of sensation that both Hank and Francisco have for Dagny. She is not in a situation where she needs to pick in between them, but the history of her relationship with Francisco is bound to injure Hank. When Eddie learns that Dagny is having an affair with Hank, he, too, is amazed by the depth of feeling he has for her. The men around her all appear to be in love with Dagny, and while she is kind and certainly passionate and fair-dealing, she does not appear to be in love with any of them. As described numerous times in the novel, Dagny is still searching for the guy that she can really like, and no matter how much she admires Francisco and Hank she does not love them the way that they enjoy her.

There have been a number of hints that the mystical railway employee has been interested in Dagny for more than her service acumen, but when he finds out that she is having an affair with Hank Rearden it is clear that he has some sort of stake in her. It is no coincidence that the train employee leaves right when Dagny goes to obtain Quentin Daniels; he is pursuing the same individual.

The last chapter of this part ends with the cliffhanger of Dagny crash-landing on an inexplicably concealed airfield in a remote valley in the Rockies. The similarity to a lost city, civilization, or a Shangri-La is apparent; the trials it has taken her to arrive also look like the high and difficult climb to paradise. The title of Part II, “Either-Or” is an assertion of Rand’s idea that there is objective morality and truth, as the titles of the other the other Parts are (“Non-Contradiction” and “A is A”). This is a tenet of Rand’s philosophy; contradictions do not exist, and if they appear to, it is essential to inspect your premises. Dagny, in the tail end of this book, will fulfill the human personification of this idea.

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