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In Ch. 6/2, what does Helmholtz think about Bernard?

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During the part of Brave New World to which you are referring, Bernard has had a confrontation with the Director in which the latter threatens to send him to Iceland. Bernard is elated by the encounter, thinking of himself as a rebel. He regales Helmholtz with this story, embellishing it here and there. Helmholtz listens dutifully but says nothing. He enjoys the conversations that he has with his friend, but thinks his tendencies to boast and self-pity are pathetic to say the least.

Bernard Marx is an oddity in the world state. Due to alcohol being introduced in his hatching process, he is short for his class, something almost unheard of. Bernard allows insecurity to eat away at him and drive him to hate the world state. Though Helmholtz hates it too, it is for an existential reason, whereas Bernard's is entirely personal.


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At the end of this passage, Helmholtz Watson is pretty disgusted with Bernard Marx.

Helmholtz and Bernard are good friends.  They are both slightly out of place in their society -- a little bit of misfits.  Helmholtz, in general, likes Bernard, but dislikes a couple of Bernard's habits.  He especially hates how Bernard alternates between bragging and feeling sorry for himself.

In the passage you mention, Bernard has been bragging.  He's been claiming that he really told the Director off when the Director threatened to send him to Iceland.  So Helmholtz doesn't respond -- he just kind of looks at Bernard, Bernard becomes embarassed and leaves.

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