Darkness at Noon Summary and Analysis: Part 2—The Second Hearing—Chapters 4-6

Arthur Koestler

Summary and Analysis: Part 2—The Second Hearing—Chapters 4-6

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No. 406 (also known as "Rip van Winkle"): a Party follower who was held in prison for twenty years before coming to Rubashov's prison

No. 380 or Bogrov: Rubashov's old close friend and a distinguished Party official

Summary
On the morning of the tenth day after Rubashov's arrest, the inmate of cell No. 406 began regularly tapping out the message, "ARIE, YE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH." Meanwhile, Rubashov and No. 402 have developed a small friendship, with No. 402 telling tales from his officer days. No. 402 responds to Rubashov's query by saying that No. 406 is "RIP VAN WINKLE." He explains that Rip van Winkle was arrested in a foreign country for...

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