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Part II, Chapter 8: By Our Love

Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part II, Chapter 7, of Atlas Shrugged: “By Our Love.” 

  • Question 1: What is Dagny trying to accomplish during her time at Woodstock, and why does she find it impossible?
  • Question 2: How is Francisco’s attitude toward Dagny's quitting Taggart Transcontinental different from Dagny’s? From their conversation, what can we tell about the causes of these differences?
  • Question 3: In which previous scenes have we seen any of the ideas Francisco expresses in his conversation with Dagny? Are there other ways in which this conversation is reminiscent of earlier scenes?
  • Question 4: Dagny and Rearden both say that they have “given in”—he by signing the Gift Certificate, she by returning to work. How is each of them different after giving in?
  • Question 5: In what ways do various characters react to the tunnel disaster, both before and after Dagny’s return to Taggart Transcontinental? Why do they react in those ways?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part II, Chapter 8?

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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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