Darkness at Noon Summary and Analysis: Part 1—The First Hearing—Chapters 13-14

Arthur Koestler

Summary and Analysis: Part 1—The First Hearing—Chapters 13-14

New Characters
Ivanov: Rubashov's old friend and colleague in the Party

Arlova: Rubashov's former secretary

Summary
On the first night of his incarceration, Rubashov sleeps poorly and is hounded by thoughts of Richard and Little Loewy. He awakens in the morning to a bugle's blare and is escorted to the prison doctor, who examines his teeth. The doctor sees that Rubashov has no upper left teeth, and "the root of the right eye-tooth is broken off and has remained in the jaw." The doctor offers to remove the root, but Rubashov rejects the offer, demanding proper treatment. He is put under examination three days later.

On that day, the warder leads him to...

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