Darkness at Noon Summary and Analysis: Part 2—The Second Hearing—Chapters 1-3

Arthur Koestler

Summary and Analysis: Part 2—The Second Hearing—Chapters 1-3

New Characters
Gletkin: the Party official who takes over the interrogation of Rubashov from Ivanov

Summary
On the fifth day of his imprisonment, Rubashov makes a diary entry. In it, he looks back on the Party's neo-Machiavellian nature and the fact that it is "sailing without ballast." Its morality brings No. 1 to kill some agriculturalists because they disagreed with No. 1 on the issue of proper manure. In this atmosphere, mistakes are paid with death, and lies are often better than truth. However, Party members cannot discern the truth, and so Rubashov says they rely on "faith in one's self" instead.

Ivanov and Gletkin had discussed the...

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