Brave New World

Lenina Crowne Character Analysis

Lenina is a beautiful Beta woman who works as a nurse in the Hatchery. Her closest friend there is Fanny. Lenina is slightly unconventional in that she has a tendency to date only one man at a time, but otherwise she never challenges her conditioning. In fact, she’s disturbed by unorthodox behaviors like avoidance of sex, crowds, or soma, all of which she vastly enjoys. Over the course of the novel, she dates Henry Foster and Bernard Marx, but she ultimately becomes obsessed with John because he refuses to sleep with her. She finds him at the lighthouse at the end of the story, but he attacks her with cries of “strumpet!” before she can speak to him.

Lenina Crowne Quotes in Brave New World

The Brave New World quotes below are all either spoken by Lenina Crowne or refer to Lenina Crowne. 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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Chapter 6 Quotes

“A gramme in time saves nine.”

Related Characters: Lenina Crowne (speaker), Bernard Marx
Page Number: 89
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Chapter 8 Quotes

"O brave new world," he repeated. "O brave new world that has such people in it. Let's start at once."

Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Bernard Marx, Lenina Crowne
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 139
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“Put your arms around me...Hug me till you drug me, honey...Kiss me till I'm in a coma. Hug me honey, snuggly...”

Related Characters: Lenina Crowne (speaker), John (the Savage)
Page Number: 193
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Lenina Crowne Character Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the character Lenina Crowne appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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The group meets a pretty young nurse named Lenina Crowne as she is inoculating future tropical workers against diseases. Foster tells Lenina to meet... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Meanwhile, the day shift has ended. In the changing room, Lenina Crowne talks with her friend, Fanny, about their respective plans for the evening. Fanny has... (full context)
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...night, while pointedly ignoring Bernard Marx. When Bernard hears the two men talking about “having” Lenina Crowne, he is furious, hating the way they describe Lenina as if she’s a piece... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Lenina gets into an elevator to go to the roof. She spots Bernard standing behind her... (full context)
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Benito Hoover comes up to Bernard and remarks how pretty Lenina is. He offers the gloomy Bernard some soma. Bernard walks off in a huff. Benito... (full context)
Chapter 5
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On their date, after Obstacle Golf, Lenina and Henry fly past the Crematorium and discuss how nice it is that the elements... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Lenina thinks about how strange Bernard is. For instance, he prefers talking in private to playing... (full context)
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In the end, Lenina and Bernard ended their date by going back to his apartment and sleeping together. But... (full context)
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Bernard and Lenina travel to the Reservation in New Mexico, staying first in a luxurious Santa Fe hotel.... (full context)
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...only enjoyed facing the Director's threat because he didn't think it would be carried out. Lenina convinces him to take soma. Though he’d resisted earlier, he finally relents, and soon his... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Lenina is shocked by the poverty and lack of modern conveniences in the Reservation. The pueblo... (full context)
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Their Indian guide leads Bernard and Lenina onto a terrace. At first, the loud ritual drumming and even the harsh singing soothes... (full context)
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After the dance, Bernard and Lenina meet a pale-skinned, blue-eyed young man in Indian dress. He says in peculiar (Shakespearean) English... (full context)
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The young man explains to Bernard and Lenina that his mother, Linda, came from the Other Place long ago, with “Tomakin,” the man... (full context)
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Linda continues to weep, telling Lenina how much she’s missed her former life in civilization, where she worked in the Fertilizing... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Back at the rest-house, Lenina takes six half-gramme soma tablets, which will knock her out for the next 18 hours.... (full context)
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Back at Malpais, John briefly weeps when he thinks that Bernard and Lenina have left without him. Eventually, though, he peeks inside the rest-house and sees Lenina’s things... (full context)
Chapter 11
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In the Hatchery changing room, Lenina tells Fanny that she’s enjoying the benefits of association with Bernard’s fame. However, everyone keeps... (full context)
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Lenina and the Savage go on a date to watch a popular “feely,” accompanied by a... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...of seeing the Savage. The Arch-Community-Songster, an important guest, warns Bernard to "mend his ways." Lenina, who’s also shown up to the party, is confused by the rush of emotions she... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Henry Foster invites Lenina to a feely, but she refuses him, feeling irritable, sad, and preoccupied with John. She’s... (full context)
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The Savage, having expected Helmholtz, is stunned when Lenina shows up at his apartment. He finally falls to his knees before her, praising her... (full context)
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The Savage finally declares his love for Lenina, explaining to her that in Malpais, people get married. Lenina is delighted by his declaration,... (full context)
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The Savage suddenly shouts at Lenina, calling her “Whore!” and “Impudent strumpet!” He pushes her away forcefully, and Lenina grows frightened,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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At one point, resting, John has a vivid, arousing daydream of Lenina. He rushes from the lighthouse and flings himself into the juniper bushes, trying to think... (full context)