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by Ayn Rand
Dagny Taggart Timeline and Summary
Dagny hears Richard Halley's mysterious Fifth Concerto on a train. She struggles to get Taggart Transcontinental's Rio Norte Line running. She goes on a quest to save the state of Colorado after their main railroad is shut down. She confronts her ex-lover Francisco d'Anconia over his recent bad behavior. She attends Hank Rearden's anniversary party. It's very awkward. She causes a minor scene when she demands that Hank's wife trade bracelets with her. (Hank's wife has a bracelet made from Rearden Metal.) Hank Rearden helps Dagny with the Rio Norte Line. She asks Francisco for a loan and he refuses. They have a painful confrontation. She forms the John Galt Line in order to make the work go faster. She takes a temporary leave of absence from Taggart Transcontinental. The John Galt Line opens and it's a huge success. She begins an affair with Hank Rearden. On vacation with Hank, she discovers a mysterious motor in an abandoned factory. She and Hank team up to search for the motor's inventor. She is horrified when laws pass that doom Colorado's industries. Her friend Ellis Wyatt disappears, and others soon follow. Dagny is convinced that a "destroyer" is causing these disappearances. After the restrictive Directive 10-289 passes, she quits her job. She goes to a cabin to think. Francisco comes to see her and reveals he's somehow involved with the "destroyer." She learns of a huge disaster at the railroad and returns to work. She has a confrontation with Hank and Francisco over her past relationship with Francisco. She goes after Quentin Daniels to prevent him from disappearing. After her train is delayed, she takes a plane to find Quentin. She chases after the destroyer and Quentin in her plane. She crashes in "Atlantis" and learns the truth about John Galt and the strike. She falls in love with Galt. She decides to return to the real world to keep fighting. After her return, she's blackmailed into giving a radio speech and admits her affair with Hank on the air. She and Hank break up but remain friends. She finds John Galt in New York and the two begin a romantic relationship. Dagny goes to see John after his radio address, worried for his safety When John is arrested, she goes undercover with the looters. She teams up with Hank, Francisco, and Ragnar to rescue John from torture. She escapes with all of them back to Atlantis.