Anthem

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A former farm worker whose infatuation with Equality 7-2521 prompts her to follow him into exile. “The Golden One” is the name she allows him to call her instead of her given name, Liberty 5-3000. Like Equality 7-2521, she is arrogant and self-centered, and she respects her mate because he lacks the weakness she sees in her peers. She settles in the forest with Equality 7-2521 and seems willing to function as his subordinate, both by letting him rename her “Gaea” and by telling him “Thy will be done.”

The Golden One Quotes in Anthem

The Anthem quotes below are all either spoken by The Golden One or refer to The Golden One . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of Anthem published in 2014.
Chapter 2 Quotes

We do not wonder at this new sin of ours. It is our second Transgression of Preference, for we do not think of all our brothers, as we must, but only of one, and their name is Liberty 5-3000. We do not know why we think of them. We do not know why, when we think of them, we feel of a sudden that the earth is good and that it is not a burden to live.

Related Characters: The Golden One
Page Number: 25
Explanation and Analysis:

Almost right away, Equality becomes interested in a woman named Liberty 5-3000. Although Equality lacks the proper terminology to describe his own emotions, we can tell that he's falling in love with Liberty.

The passage defines Rand's most basic critique of the collectivist society. A society that celebrates unity and group identity violates mankind's most basic emotion--love--by substituted a bland, vanilla "love for one's fellow man" for genuine interpersonal love. In spite of society's prohibitions on love, Equality continues to feel attracted to Liberty, suggesting that ultimately, the human spirit and basic instincts are stronger than society's clumsy attempts to censor freedom and individual identity.

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Chapter 4 Quotes

"Our dearest one," we whispered. Never have men said this to women.

Related Characters: The Golden One
Page Number: 40
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, Equality tells Liberty--whom he calls "The Golden One"--that she's dear to him. Equality is frightened to say these words to the Golden One, because they express love and a personal ego, both of which are forbidden in his society.

The passage is important because it illustrates the power of the forces of love and the power of individualism. Even though Equality knows that he could be executed for daring to express his love to The Golden One he does so, anyway--his desire for individual happiness is far stronger than his fear of a collectivist society. And notice that the passage mentions both men and women (seemingly for the first time in the entire book!). Rand reminds us that Equality's forbidden love for The Golden One is rooted in the fact that he is a man and she is a woman; in other words, in the basic facts of (heteronormative) biology. Equality's society tries to prevent love, but it can't fight human nature.

Chapter 9 Quotes

We shall follow you wherever you go. If danger threatens you, we shall face it also. If it be death, we shall die with you. You are damned, and we wish to share your damnation.

Related Characters: The Golden One (speaker), Equality 7-2521
Page Number: 66
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Equality reunites with The Golden One, the love of his life. Equality, who'd feared that he'd never see The Golden One again, is overjoyed to be with his love. In this scene, The Golden One tells Equality that she'll be with him forever--even if staying with him endangers her own life. In short, Equality and the Golden One love each other--they're willing to sacrifice their own happiness for each other's sake.

The passage is crucial because it responds to the most common criticism of Rand's style of individualism--that such individualism is incompatible with love and cooperation. As Rand argues here, true love is only possible with Randian individualism. It's perfectly possible to be a rugged individualist and also love someone completely. Indeed, love becomes more valuable when it's reserved for a handful of other people, rather than being doled out to everyone. In short, Rand implies, the man who loves people in general loves no one in particular.

We looked into each other's eyes and we knew that the breath of a miracle had touched us, and fled, and left us groping vainly. And we felt torn, torn for some word we could not find.

Related Characters: Equality 7-2521 (speaker), The Golden One
Related Symbols: “We”
Page Number: 71
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Equality and The Golden One confess their love for one another--they say, "We love you," but notice that their words sound wrong. Equality and the Golden One feel that they have yet to become true individuals--they're still thinking in terms of the group, as evidenced by their use of the word "we."

In spite of the fact that Equality and The Golden One aren't yet complete individuals, the passage gives a vivid, almost religious account of the "miracle" of individualism. As Rand sees it, Equality has been blessed with an incredible gift--the gift to think for himself and pursue his own interests. Equality's story is a coming-of-age tale, in which he discovers his gift (the gift of individualism) and then proceeds to develop his gift to the point where he can utter the "sacred word" ("I") and become a true individual.

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The Golden One Character Timeline in Anthem

The timeline below shows where the character The Golden One appears in Anthem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Equality 7-2521 is captivated by a woman named Liberty 5-3000 , even though it is forbidden to take notice of women in this way. Liberty... (full context)
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...though it is a sin to give others distinctive names, Equality 7-2521 now thinks of Liberty 5-3000 as “The Golden One.” He thinks of her often, even though men are only permitted... (full context)
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One day, Equality 7-2521 speaks to the Golden One . He tells her that she is beautiful, and they confide in one another that... (full context)
Chapter 4
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After many days, Equality 7-2521 finds the Golden One again and speaks to her near her fields. He tells her that he has given... (full context)
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The Golden One then offers Equality 7-2521 some water to drink. Because he cannot cross the hedge, she... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...imminent death. Finally, he comes to the painful realization that he will never see the Golden One again. Equality 7-2521 is distressed by this thought, but concludes that it will be for... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...sees someone clad in a tunic and leaps out to confront them. It is the Golden One ; she rushes towards him. (full context)
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Equality 7-2521 asks the Golden One what she is doing in the forest, but she answers only by saying that she... (full context)
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The Golden One continues to speak, with “bitterness and triumph” in her voice. Equality 7-2521, she says, is... (full context)
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Equality 7-2521 tells the Golden One that she has nothing to fear about the solitude of the forest. Their comrades and... (full context)
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...and arrow, which he uses to hunt birds for food. At night, he and the Golden One set up camp in a clearing and surround themselves with fires to prevent the wild... (full context)
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...previous one. He reveres the beauty that surrounds him—both of nature itself and of the Golden One . He ponders how the solitude he has found could possible be considered a sinful,... (full context)
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The Golden One tells Equality 7-2521, “we love you.” But something sounds wrong about that phrase, and she... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...that is thousands of years old. He is in a house that he and the Golden One found at sunrise that very morning. It is nestled in a beautiful, uncharted mountain range—very... (full context)
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Before entering the house, Equality 7-2521 asks the Golden One if she is scared, and she says no, so the two enter the house together.... (full context)
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After inspecting the house, Equality 7-2521 tells the Golden One that they will inhabit the house until the end of their days. She replies, “your... (full context)
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At nightfall, the Golden One falls asleep, and Equality 7-2521 carries her to bed. He stays up reading the manuscripts... (full context)
Chapter 12
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After reading for days, Equality 7-2521 summons the Golden One and tells her what he has learned. The first words she says to him are... (full context)
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Equality 7-2521 has also read about Gaea, the mythological earth-mother. He gives the Golden One this name, saying that she will be... (full context)
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Gaea is pregnant with a child, and Prometheus says he will teach his son to live... (full context)