What is the Savage’s (John) reaction to the sight of work being done by single Bokanovsky groups? Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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After being in the New World for a while, John the Savage begins to find that many of his childhood memories have been delusional.  As John is taken on tours of this place that his mother called home, he is taken to a small factory of lighting-sets for helicopters.  As he is taken into the factory, John is told that each process is performed by one Bokanovsky Group.  He observes eighty-three "almost noseless black brachycephalic Deltas" who perform a task called cold-pressing.  Then, John observes "aquiline and ginger Gammas" working on chucking and turning machines.  Later, there are thirty-three Delta females and Gamma-Plus dwarfs working on various tasks.

At the sight of all these groups of identical creatures who work mindlessly on machines, John is sickened.  With irony and "some malice of his memory," the Savage repeats the words from The Tempest that he originally uttered with wonder when he first arrived.  He races from the sight and retches violently, absolutely sickened at the dehumanizing manufacture of such creatures.

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