Brave New World

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A Beta-minus woman, who is separated from the Director in storm during a visit to the Reservation. Though she had taken all the proper precautions, she was pregnant with John when separated from the Director, and was so embarrassed at giving birth that she didn't try to leave the Reservation. Her World State belief in promiscuous sex and drug-taking make her and John outcasts in the Reservation. Once she returns to the World State she drugs herself into a permanent soma-stupor until she dies.
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Linda Character Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the character Linda appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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The man brings Bernard and Lenina to his mother's house. Her name is Linda. She's overweight, looks horribly old, and stinks of alcohol. But she's overjoyed to see people... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Outside Linda's house, Bernard and John talk. John recalls events in his life in a series of... (full context)
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...to take John back to the World State if he can get permission. Realizing that Linda will discredit the Director, Bernard agrees to take her too. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...contacts Mustapha Mond, who agrees that there would be "scientific interest" in bringing John and Linda back to the World State. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...appear. The Director publicly scolds Bernard. But Bernard says he has a response: he calls Linda and John into the room. Linda rushes to the Director and hugs and kisses him... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Meanwhile, all upper-caste London is wild to see John, whom they call the Savage. Because Linda is old, ugly, and a mother, no one wants to see her. Linda doesn't care,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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John rushes into the Park Lane Hospital for the Dying, where Linda is staying. The nurse matter-of-factly says there's no hope of recovery. When John says Linda... (full context)
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Linda is so drugged on soma she barely notices John. As John weeps, the nurse leads... (full context)
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John returns to Linda, who thinks he's Popé. It's too much for John: he shakes his mother, who stops... (full context)
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John sobs, "God, god, god..." Five twins ask what he's saying, and ask if Linda is dead. John pushes them out of the way and leaves the room. (full context)
Chapter 15
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...is soma distribution time. John is suddenly overwhelmed with anger, and thinks that soma caused Linda's death. He shouts that soma is poison, and tells the Deltas to throw it away.... (full context)