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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


by Anthony Burgess

F. Alexander Timeline and Summary

  • Alex and co. barge into F. Alexander's home. At this point, F. Alexander is an anonymous writer.
  • He's got the look, too, as he's wearing horn-rimmed glasses.
  • The writer protests.
  • Alex, picking up a pile of typewriter paper, starts to mock him. A Clockwork Orange is the title of the manuscript; Alex tears it up.
  • At this, F. Alexander lashes out at Alex. Dim starts to beat up F. Alexander.
  • Dim holds F. Alexander's wife down, while Alex begins to rip off her clothes.
  • Alex rapes F. Alexander's wife. F. Alexander witnesses this, and howls the dirtiest of words at him.
  • More beating by Alex and gang.
  • A few years pass by…
  • One night, F. Alexander opens the door to an unrecognizable Alex, who has been beaten up by the police and left to die in the countryside.
  • He leads Alex in to a warm fire.
  • He offers Alex some whiskey to warm up.
  • He makes Alex a nice bath, and offers him a full supper.
  • He recognizes Alex from his picture in the papers earlier in the morning.
  • He tries to give Alex his sympathies against the government and the police.
  • He urges Alex to tell his story.
  • Upon hearing how Alex underwent Ludovico's Technique, F. Alexander is enraged.
  • He wants Alex to join him in trying to dislodge the current overbearing Government.
  • He launches into a huge speech about how ever since his wife has died, he's been having a hard time doing the chores around the house himself.
  • He goes into detail about his wife's rape and murder.
  • Alex starts to get sick upon hearing it, and F. Alexander orders him to bed.
  • F. Alexander calls Alex to breakfast from downstairs and hands him some boiled eggs and black toast.
  • He informs Alex that he's been making phone calls all morning to people who might be interested in his case, as Alex is a "very potent weapon" against the Government in this sensitive time just before the election.
  • He characterizes the Government as a brutal totalitarian regime, and says he's defending liberty, or at least the tradition of it.
  • F. Alexander shows Alex an article he's written for him, soon to be published in The Weekly Trumpet. He wants Alex to sign his name on it.
  • It's a long, weepy piece, but Alex is kind enough to call it "real horrorshow" to F. Alexander.
  • Horrorshow is nadsat speak for all modern youth, Alex explains.
  • F. Alexander hurries off to do the dishes.
  • F. Alexander becomes suspicious because Alex's speech reminds him of someone else's speech pattern in a former life…uh oh!
  • Alex says dim. Dim? F. Alexander raises an eyebrow.
  • F. Alexander goes mad, shouting out loud that if this is the same coincidence that raped and killed his wife he'll tear Alex up and split him apart real good.
  • D. B. da Silva tries to calm F. Alexander down.
  • F. Alexander looks like a lunatic at this point, and keeps chanting Dim…dim dim dim.
  • After jumping from the window of the tall building, Alex passes out on the ground, but before he does so, it becomes clear to him that F. Alexander and associates were trying to force his suicide to suit their own political agenda against the Government.
  • After less than a month or so, the Minister of the Interior reveals that F. Alexander has been jailed by the Government for bordering on lunacy and for wanting to take Alex's life.