The color-coded boxes under "Analysis & Themes" below (which look like this: ) make it easy to track the themes throughout the work. Each color corresponds to one of the themes explained in the Themes section of this LitChart.
Analysis & Themes
Lenina gets into an elevator to go to the roof. She spots Bernard standing behind her former lover Benito Hoover. She accepts Bernard's invitation to go to the Savage Reservation, but Bernard asks if they can talk about it in private. Lenina finds this request odd.
The Epsilon elevator operator joyfully says, "Roof!" and opens the door. Lenina runs off for her date with Henry Foster.
Benito Hoover comes up to Bernard and remarks how pretty and "pneumatic" Lenina is. He offers the gloomy Bernard some soma. Bernard walks off in a huff. Benito wonders if it's true that alcohol was accidentally put into Bernard's blood-surrogate.
Bernard is ashamed of his behavior. Because of his small size he feels like an outsider, which makes him act like an outsider, which makes him more of an outsider.
Bernard flies off to see his friend Helmholtz Watson. Helmholtz is the perfect Alpha-plus. He's stellar at his job, desired by women, and always welcome everywhere. But he's too perfect. Everything comes so easily to him that he finds himself wanting more.
Helmholtz and Bernard discuss the dilemma of their individuality (though Bernard doesn't mention his jealousy of Helmholtz's success with women). Helmholtz says that though he's good at writing propaganda, he has the feeling that he could write something more piercing, more powerful. Bernard motions for silence. He thinks someone is listening at the door. No one is. Helmholtz wishes Bernard had a little more self-respect.