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Summarize John's and Lenina's date in Chapter 11 of Brave New World.

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Lenina is excited to be asked to take John to a feely. He has never attended one, and she shows him how to hold the knobs on the arms of his seat to fully feel all the sensations on offer. Lenina loves the soft porn movie they watch about a black man who hits his head in a fall and spends three weeks hovering in a helicopter having sex with his blonde girlfriend until she is rescued by three Alpha males, all of whom become her lovers. After the film, Lenina feels good:

Even after the lights had gone up, while they were shuffling slowly along with the crowd towards the lifts, its ghost still fluttered against her lips, still traced fine shuddering roads of anxiety and pleasure across her skin. Her cheeks were flushed. She caught hold of the Savage’s arm and pressed it, limp, against her side.

John, however, is appalled by the movie, calling it "base" and "ignoble." He advises her not to watch such films. She is startled by how odd he is. Nevertheless, she still very much wants to have sex with him, which in her culture would be the normal end to the evening.

John, to her surprise, says goodnight and leaves her, returning home to read Othello. Lenina returns home to cry and comfort herself with a larger than usual dose of soma.

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When John the Savage and Lenina Crowne go on a date, the main thing they do is go to "feelie."  The one they attend is a particularly sexualized feelie.  It features a black man who essentially kidnaps a blonde girl and keeps her in his helicopter for a long time.  The audience gets to feel what is going on in the movie, not just see it.

Because of this, John is revolted.  He has what we would think of as pretty normal sexual morality, which is totally against the morality of the Brave New World.  The date ends badly -- he won't hardly even look at her and definitely does not come into her apartment.  Depressed, she takes a bunch of soma.

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