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Part II, Chapter 2: The Aristocracy of Pull

Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part II, Chapter 2, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Aristocracy of Pull.” 

  • Question 1: What events in the novel and which of Francisco’s own actions illustrate the themes of his speech about money?
  • Question 2: What can we tell about why Taggart has proposed marriage to Cherryl?
  • Question 3: What signs are there in this chapter that Rearden and Francisco have become important to one another? Why is Francisco so important to Rearden?
  • Question 4: What new developments are there in Rearden's relationships with Lillian and with Dagny? What can we tell about the motives of all three?
  • Question 5: What new examples of evading or naming truths do we see in this chapter, and do we get any further clues about the significance of this issue?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part II, Chapter 2?

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Gregory Salmieri
Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri is an Anthem Foundation Fellow in philosophy. He teaches philosophy at Rutgers University, and has previously held teaching and research positions at Boston University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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