Brave New World

by

Aldous Huxley

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The Director (Thomas) Character Analysis

The Director is a pedantic, charmless, pretentious, and thoroughly conventional Alpha male who runs the Central London Hatchery. He takes exception to Bernard's unconventional behavior and prepares to punish Bernard. However, Bernard discovers and reveals that the Director abandoned Linda in the Reservation and unknowingly fathered a child: John. This revelation ruins the director, and protects Bernard.

The Director (Thomas) Quotes in Brave New World

The Brave New World quotes below are all either spoken by The Director (Thomas) or refer to The Director (Thomas). 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 1  Quotes

“And that...is the secret of happiness and virtue—liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.”

Related Characters: The Director (Thomas) (speaker)
Page Number: 16
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Chapter 2  Quotes

“Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too—all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides—made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions... Suggestions from the State.”

Related Characters: The Director (Thomas) (speaker)
Page Number: 28
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many should be corrupted. Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual—and, after all, what is an individual?”

Related Characters: The Director (Thomas) (speaker), Bernard Marx, Henry Foster
Page Number: 148
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Director (Thomas) Character Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the character The Director (Thomas) appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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In the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, a dreary, 34-story building, the Director of Hatcheries leads new students on a tour of the facilities. They pass beneath the... (full context)
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The students meekly follow along and scribble notes as the Director explains the fertilization process. Surgically removed human ovaries (voluntarily extracted) produce ova for artificial insemination.... (full context)
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...the Bokanovsky Process allows the average ovary to produce around 11,000 brothers and sisters. The Director tells the students that this process is “one of the major instruments of social stability.” (full context)
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The Director introduces a young employee named Henry Foster, who happily tells the students that the record... (full context)
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...a six-year-old Epsilon who is already equipped to work). However, they have achieved what the Director calls “the secret of happiness and virtue,” ensuring that people enjoy their preconditioned destiny. (full context)
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...tells Lenina to meet him on the roof later that afternoon, as usual. Then the Director hurries the group upstairs to watch some interesting conditioning in the nurseries. (full context)
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In the nurseries, the group finds nurses setting out big bowls filled with roses. The Director instructs them to set out brightly colored children’s books, also. Soon a group of eight-month-old... (full context)
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The Director explains that Deltas are conditioned to hate nature and books, but to love complicated outdoor... (full context)
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Next, the Director explains the origins of hypnopaedia (sleep-teaching). In the days when “Our Ford” was still alive,... (full context)
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The Director explains that hypnopaedia was found to be ineffective for instilling scientific information, because it is... (full context)
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The Director leads the students into a dormitory of napping Betas. From speakers under every pillow, the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...The group watches some children playing a complicated game called Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy. With wonder, the Director recalls that, in Ford’s day, games were played with minimal equipment, like balls and sticks,... (full context)
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The Director points out a "charming" boy and girl of about seven or eight, who are playing... (full context)
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...the outskirts of the group speaks up, repeating that such old-fashioned policies were terrible. The Director eagerly introduces “his fordship,” Mustapha Mond, one of the State’s 10 World Controllers. (full context)
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The students are awed that Mustapha Mond is speaking to them. The Director becomes nervous when Mond indicates that he’s going to speak to them about history, but... (full context)
Chapter 6
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A few days later, Bernard asks the Director to sign the permit needed to visit the Savage Reservation in New Mexico. The Director... (full context)
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...they enter, Bernard calls Helmholtz, and to his horror and astonishment, he learns that the Director actually is planning to transfer him to Iceland. Now Bernard realizes he only enjoyed facing... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...unwashed stench, and her tearful greeting. Bernard, meanwhile, is excited, realizing that “Tomakin” is the Director, Thomas. (full context)
Chapter 8
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...he would like to return to London with him, while secretly strategizing to embarrass the Director, whom he’s realized must be John’s father. He says he will take Linda with them,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...hypnopaedic teaching, and older children engage in erotic play. All the workers are cheerful. The Director, however, looks grim. (full context)
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The Director tells Henry Foster that Bernard is meeting him in this room shortly, because there are... (full context)
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When a nervous Bernard arrives, the Director announces to the assembled workers that Bernard has betrayed and imperiled Society with his heretical... (full context)
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...the perpetually youthful workers are horrified by her sagging, middle-aged appearance. Linda embraces the humiliated Director, and soon the room’s laughter turns to embarrassed silence as Linda tells him that he’s... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The Director, humiliated, quickly resigns his position. Meanwhile, all of upper-caste London is eager to see John,... (full context)