Onlookers and journalists who arrive that evening discover John dead, having hanged himself. The recital of a corrupted nursery rhyme is a successful climax for this kind of pseudo-religious service: it is sheer irony.
A new bitterness, and a new bewilderment, ran through all social life, and was reflected in all literature and art.
Onto each was dumped swiftly the regulation lunch-a meal pannikin of pinkish-grey stew, a hink of bread, a cube of cheese, a mug of Victory coffee and one tablet of saccharine. Stability, finally, as the third motto substitutes for liberty and grants the existence of the Community.
It shows the resignation of the people, the norm, the settling and abandonment.
Adapted for radio by William Froug. Mood-boosting psychostimulants are likely to heighten awareness. But however great the intellectual ferment of ecstatic existence, the nastiness of Darwinian life will have passed into oblivion with the molecular machinery that sustained it.
Admittedly, this argument isn't decisive. But the attributes of power, status and money, for instance, however obviously nice they seem today, aren't inherently pleasurable.