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by Ayn Rand
Hank Rearden Timeline and Summary
Hank pours the first batch of his great invention, Rearden Metal. That same evening, he must put up with his horrible family, which ruins the occasion. He agrees to help Dagny fix the Rio Norte Line and she becomes his first customer. He endures an awful anniversary party at his house. He meets Francisco d'Anconia at the party. He meets up with Dagny in Colorado and shows her plans for a Rearden Metal bridge. The Equalization of Opportunity Bill passes, which harms Hank's business. He is forced to sell some of his businesses to other people. He rides with Dagny on the first John Galt Line train. With some hesitancy, he begins a romantic relationship with Dagny. The two go on vacation, and Hank joins Dagny in her hunt for the inventor of the motor. He attends James Taggart's wedding with his wife and has another conversation with Francisco. Lillian confronts him about his adultery. Dr. Ferris invites him to join the looters, and Hank refuses. During a crisis at the mills, he ends up saving Francisco's life. His friend Ken Danagger goes on strike. He ditches his family at Thanksgiving to be with Dagny. He goes on trial for illegal business activity and makes a big speech. The phony charges against him are mostly dropped. Despite Francisco's warnings, he deals with d'Anconia Copper and loses out on a huge shipment. He is furious with Francisco. He is blackmailed into signing over the rights to his Rearden Metal because of his affair with Dagny. He realizes that he loves Dagny. He has an angry and jealous confrontation with Francisco and hits him. He desperately searches for Dagny when her plane crashes and she disappears. When Dagny returns from Atlantis, the two end their relationship but remain friends. Hank confesses his love for Dagny. He gets divorced from Lillian. After a riot at his mills, he finally goes on strike. He reconciles with Francisco. He returns to help Dagny free John Galt from capture. At the end, he returns safely to Atlantis.