Darkness at Noon Summary and Analysis: Part 1—The First Hearing—Chapters 8-9

Arthur Koestler

Summary and Analysis: Part 1—The First Hearing—Chapters 8-9

New Characters
No. 402: the man who is being held in the cell next to Rubashov's

Richard: a Party leader in a south German town who was expelled from the Party by Rubashov

Summary
Rubashov returns to pacing his cell and thinks about what the officer thinks of him. He looks out the window at the prison yard, which except for its path is covered with slightly frozen snow. Then he hears tapping from No. 402. Rubashov and No. 402 begin using the quadratic alphabet to talk to each other. Rubashov tells No. 402 his identity and receives a contemptuous reply. No. 402 refuses to say who he is, but Rubashov guesses that he is a counter-revolutionary officer from his...

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