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In Brave New World, why does John refuse to come to the party? What effect does this have on Bernard?

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The party occurs after John's date to the feelies with Lenina. The pornographic feely has upset him—he is dealing with a mix of love and sexual desire for Lenina—and he has become disillusioned with life in the World State.

When Bernard comes to his door to find out why he won't come to the party, John offers several reasons: first, Bernard should have asked if he wanted to come. Second, when Bernard says he's always come before, John says that is why he won't come now. Finally, he tells Bernard to go to hell. We can surmise that John is tired of being shown off like a circus freak and derives no pleasure from these events.

People are disappointed that John is not going to appear at the party. The Arch-Songster accuses Bernard of playing a "joke" on him. Lenina, who had hoped to see John, feels sick and wonders if his absence is due to disliking her. The women call it an outrage. The men feel cheated. Everyone piles on Bernard, who is termed a "wretched little man." All of this...

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