Helmholtz Watson, an Alpha plus, is, in the words of his superiors, a "little too able." While he and Bernard Marx are in many ways opposites, Marx being short and dark for an Alpha while Watson is powerfully built and handsome, they share a rare trait. Both are individuals in a society in which conformity is the hallmark: "What the two men shared was the knowledge that they were individuals."
While Marx has been painfully aware of his difference for a long time, Watson has only recently become cognizant of his situation. He realizes that sports, women and communal activities are not satisfying him in a deep way, and he begins to question what more he should be looking for. This is profoundly subversive in a society devoted to superficiality.
Because his excessive intelligence leads him to be far too interested in beauty, Watson is banished to an island. The Controller tells him that this is "paying for" being too interested in beauty, although the Controller had earlier suggested that Marx's banishment to an island was a reward rather than a punishment. The Controller asks Watson whether he would prefer a tropical or a more "bracing" island, and Watson asks to be somewhere cold, windy and rainy, as this will help his writing. Such a mindset is a repudiation of his society's emphasis on comfort, underscoring that Watson is a person apart. The agreement is that he will be sent to the Falklands.