Darkness at Noon Summary and Analysis: Part 2—The Second Hearing—Chapter 7

Arthur Koestler

Summary and Analysis: Part 2—The Second Hearing—Chapter 7

Summary
Rubashov is awoken the next morning when the light in his cell is turned on, and after briefly dreaming that he is free rather than in prison, he sees Ivanov standing at his bedside. Ivanov has a bottle of brandy brought in and points out that Rubashov has a badly swollen right cheek. Rubashov's toothache is worsening. Rubashov scorns the offer of brandy but begins to talk, asking Ivanov to put away his scheme of gaining a confession from Rubashov and leave his cell. However, when Ivanov protests that this is not his intent and asks to talk for five minutes, Rubashov agrees.

Ivanov confirms the shooting of Bogrov and says that Gletkin deliberately had Bogrov dragged past Rubashov's cell....

(The entire section is 768 words.)