Brave New World

Lenina Crowne Character Analysis

A beautiful Beta woman. She is slightly unconventional in that she has a tendency to date only one man at a time, but otherwise she never challenges her conditioning. During the novel she dates Henry Foster and Bernard Marx, but ultimately becomes obsessed with John because he does not immediately sleep with her.

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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Brave New World published in 2006.
Chapter 6 Quotes
A gramme in time saves nine.
Related Characters: Lenina Crowne (speaker)
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, Helmholtz Watson, Lenina Crowne
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 139
Explanation and Analysis:

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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)
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 comes upon a nurse named Lenina Crowne as she inoculates future tropical workers against disease. Foster tells Lenina to meet him... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...this moment, the work shift ends at the Center. Workers head to the changing rooms. Lenina talks to her friend Fanny, who chastises her for exclusively dating Henry Foster for so... (full context)
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In the men's changing room, Bernard listens as Henry and another man talk about "having" Lenina. Though this way of talking is normal for World State society, it angers Bernard. (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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The Epsilon elevator operator joyfully says, "Roof!" and opens the door. Lenina runs off for her date with Henry Foster. (full context)
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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... (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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...the World State was full of intellectual adults and emotional children who want instant gratification. Lenina couldn't understand why Bernard would think this was bad. (full context)
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Bernard and Lenina travel to the Reservation, which is surrounded by an electric fence so no one can... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Lenina is shocked by the poverty and lack of modern convenience in the Reservation. The pueblo... (full context)
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At an Indian dance, Lenina at first likes the drums, but is appalled when a young man comes out and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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John asks if Bernard is married to Lenina. Bernard bursts out laughing. John is overjoyed, and quotes a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest:... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Lenina, exhausted, takes six soma tablets to knock herself out for eighteen hours. (full context)
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Meanwhile, John goes to see Bernard and Lenina. There's no answer, and he's terrified they've left without him. He peeks through a window,... (full context)
Chapter 11
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One night Bernard asks Lenina to take the Savage to the Feelies (movies where all the senses are involved). Fanny... (full context)
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...de-conditioned in an accident. It contains a lot of gratuitous sex. The Savage is appalled. Lenina doesn't understand why. Lenina tries to invite the Savage to her apartment, but he says... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Lenina leaves with the Songster. She thinks the Savage refused to come out because he doesn't... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Henry Foster thinks Lenina is acting strangely and advises her to get a V.P.S. treatment (Violent Passion Surrogate). Lenina... (full context)
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The doorbell rings at the Savage's rooms. It's Lenina. Stunned, he lets her in. She observes he doesn't seem happy to see her. He... (full context)
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The Savage says he loves her. Lenina is overjoyed. But when he mentions marriage, she doesn't understand and starts kissing him. (full context)
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As the Savage mentally steels himself against giving into lust, Lenina begins taking off her clothes. He is horrified. When she's naked but for her hat... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...and soon is left in peace. But one day the Savage has lustful thoughts for Lenina. He whips himself more viciously than ever, and a Feelie photographer who had been hiding... (full context)
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Lenina steps from a helicopter behind the crowd. The Savage rushes at her, screaming "Strumpet!" He... (full context)