There, in a loud and cheerful company, they ate an excellent meal. Lenina took two half-gramme tablets and Henry three. At twenty past nine they walked across the street to the newly opened Westminster Abbey Cabaret.
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At first you hear the sound of humming, a warped Gregorian chant, then dancers leap into a circle, dancing frantically round and round, while two large men whip a young, topless man, bowed over in the centre, the sinews of his back exposed, flinching yet defiant. The whips hit flesh in time with the beat of a drum. When the young man falls to the ground in pain the others lift him up in exaltation, celebrating as the drums and strings build to a climax. In a break between rehearsals, James Dacre and Jack Barnett are in the same room where they met a year ago to discuss how a collaboration on Brave New World might work. Meeting so early on in the process meant that the music was as much a part of the development of the play as the visual effects or the acting. It is telling that for the very first radio production of Brave New World , Huxley had a full orchestra.
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This chapter opens with Lenina and Henry taking off in their helicopter when the Obstacle Golf Course closes. They pass over Burnham Beeches — a satirical allusion to Shakespeare — and then the Slough Crematorium. As they discuss death and "phosphorus recovery" — "we can go on being socially useful even after we're dead" — Lenina reveals her class prejudices, especially against Epsilons. Despite the soma they consume, Lenina remembers her contraception in preparation for a night of pneumatic sex. There he participates — without really believing — in a kind of religious service that includes such rituals as the sign of the T, blessed soma , and solidarity hymns. Under the influence of the sacramental soma , the ceremony dissolves into an "orgy-porgy" of sex. But while the others find the "calm ecstasy of achieved consummation," Bernard feels only more isolated in his "separateness" — "much more alone, indeed, more hopelessly himself than he had ever been in his life before. Henry and Lenina's dinner and dancing evening emphasizes the artificiality of their world. The night is clear and starry, but they are unaware of the stars at all because of the overpowering electric sky-signs that light up London.
In he published the novel Brave New World in which he tries to prove this thesis. All these institutions and means have been developed for the society to satisfy basic, human needs. Soma causes a feeling of content and helps to prevent negative emotions, the community sing substitutes religion, different sports are there for the sake of fitness and feelings of success, the feelies are a substitute for a variety of feelings and the desire for sex is satisfied by frequent sexual encounters. In the following text these different possibilities of entertainment are explained. In the brave new world soma is one of the most important scientific inventions.