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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina Crowne?

Gamma or Beta, but likely Beta. In Chapter 4, Lenina expresses her disgust for the Gammas as she passes by Gammas boarding monorails after work: "My word," said Lenina, "I'm glad I'm ...
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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina Crowne?

My speculation is Beta This is an excerpt from the Director's conversation with Bernard: "I had the same idea as you," the Director was saying. "Wanted to have a look at the savages. ...
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Who are The Sixteen Sexophonists in Brave New World?

Possibly the more important word play is the part of the band name which you missed out. The full name is 'Calvin Stopes and his Sixteen Sexophonists'. In 1918 and 1919 Marie Stopes published two ...
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In Brave New World, If Lenina is a beta, why does she wear green?

There are a couple of possibilities, some of which are also touched on in the answers to In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina Crowne? I'm listing them in what I think is decreasing order of ...
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In Huxley's Island, what is a "bass thurible?"

The (1976) second reprint on archive.org refers to it as a brass thurible. Given that the word brass is notched, it's possible that your version was OCR'd from the archive version.
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In Brave New World, why are some people not sterile?

It's explained in the first chapter. Some women are left fertile so the state can take their ovaries and use the eggs to create the next generation. Still leaning against the incubators he gave ...
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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina Crowne?

I suspect, as stated in the above answers, that she is a beta. Another good reason is that it's made quite clear that fraternizing between castes is frowned upon. It's unlikely that a gamma girl would ...
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What do “Háni" and “Sons éso tse-ná” mean in Brave New World?

Both phrases are borrowed from Frank Hamilton Cushing's Zuñi Folk Tales (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1901). Below is a passage that uses the word "háni" (in Átahsaia, the cannibal demon): One ...
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What does Aldous Huxley mean by 'death control is achieved very easily'?

‘Birth control’ means ‘prevention of births’. Huxley gives as examples, “chemical or mechanical means of contraception”. So if ‘death control’ is to be understood analogously, it must mean ‘...
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In Huxley's "Brave New World", are there female Alphas?

I don't think there is any explicit statement in the book to prove one way or another, but I do think there are several pieces of evidence which can indicate the possibility of female Alphas. When ...
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In Brave New World, If Lenina is a beta, why does she wear green?

I think it is unlikely that the author made a mistake, as Lenina's green clothes and green being the color of Gammas are both emphasized multiple times. However, Lenina is only shown with green ...
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How Did Aldous Huxley Know So Much About Music?

References to Huxley and his views on music are easy to find. E.g. this article "Aldous Huxley and Music in the 1920s", Music & Letters 64 (1/2), 25-36, 1983, hosted at Jstor where I can ...
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What does "All the air of the fourteenth floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative" mean?

This is a joke! The loudspeakers are calling for silence, but this does not lead to silence, but to noise—the noise of the loudspeakers calling for silence. This is self-defeating: if you want silence ...
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How Did Aldous Huxley Know So Much About Music?

Russian folk music (and other Slavik folk music, as well) has lots of strange rhythms in it. Tchaikovsky, probably taking his cue from folk music, wrote the second movement of his 1893 Symphony ...
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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina Crowne?

Delta, Gamma, and Epsilon are eliminated fairly explicitly. On one of her outings with Henry: "My word," said Lenina, "I'm glad I'm not a Gamma." Similarly, in conversation with ...
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Symbolism of Marx and Lenina's names in Huxley's Brave New World?

Bernard also means “Hardy” which is ironic because s he is weak and feeble. Since his first name is ironic then it’s rational to believe that his last name is as well. Therefore, Marx could be a use ...
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İn what context did Lord of the Flies get mentioned in "Ape and Essence"?

TL;DR: Burgess was probably relying on his memory of Ape and Essence when writing the introduction to 1985, so that not all the details are correct. The reason that I think Burgess was relying on his ...
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What does "All the air of the fourteenth floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative" mean?

The word "silence" begins and ends with a sssss sound. That's what sibilant refers to. The word is usually a noun, but when you say "Silence!" to someone you are issuing an ...
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What does "All the air of the fourteenth floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative" mean?

Kant’s categorical imperative is “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.” Considering the restraints on personal will in the ...
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What does "All the air of the fourteenth floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative" mean?

What you say is one thing you might take from the sentence; I think the combination of all the air and sibilant captures those qualities of 'silence, silence' fine, though. Categorical imperative does ...
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How Did Aldous Huxley Know So Much About Music?

Traditional folk dances in 5/4 time were common in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and elsewhere. So were 7/8 folk dances, especially in South-Eastern Europe (Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia). ...
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