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: 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
Chapter 8 Quotes
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.
...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)
...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)
...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)