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by Ayn Rand
James Taggart Timeline and Summary
James has a series of confrontations with Dagny and Eddie. He has an affair with Betty Pope. He meets with Orren Boyle and Wesley Mouch. He freaks out over the San Sebastián Mine disaster. He tries to con Dagny into participating in a radio debate about Rearden Metal, but she refuses. He becomes upset with Dagny over the plan for the John Galt Line, but he takes credit for the plan when it succeeds. He meets Cherryl Brooks. He marries Cherryl. At the reception, he bonds with Lillian. He is present at the meeting where Directive 10-289 is discussed. He furiously confronts Dagny after the Taggart Tunnel disaster. He is less than thrilled to learn that his sister survived her plane crash. He has several violent arguments with Cherryl. He sleeps with Lillian Rearden. He hits Cherryl during a fight. Later that night, she commits suicide. He tries to grow closer to Dagny after Cherryl's suicide. He is present when John Galt is tortured, which results in his mental breakdown.