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A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange Part 3, Chapter 4 Summary
Alex stumbles upon a gate with HOME written on it. He swears he's seen this before. He knocks on the door, it opens. He tells the man he's been beaten up by the police and left to die on the road. The man leads Alex in to a warm fire. Alex knows right then what's so familiar about HOME. The man, who is middle-aged, offers Alex some whiskey for warming up. On the table rests a typewriter and a bunch of papers. Alex recalls the manuscript, A Clockwork Orange, that he had torn up in a past life. The writer makes Alex a nice bath and offers him a full supper. Alex swells up with tears. Alex bathes, gets in some pajamas already laid out for him, and has supper with the writer. He speaks of repayment. The writer interrupts him, stating that he knows who he is. Suspense! He's seen Alex's picture in the papers earlier this morning. Yes! It's Alex, alright. The man tries to give Alex his sympathies in his struggle against the government and the police. The man urges Alex to tell his story. Alex treads carefully, giving little detail about his crimes. But he does not hold back on the juicy bits about Ludovico's Technique. The writer is enraged about it! Cruel and unusual punishment, he cries. Alex is no longer a human being, lacking the power of choice, he utters. Could Burgess have chosen a more convenient mouthpiece? The writer wants Alex to help dislodge the current overbearing Government, one that is content to turn a decent person into a piece of repressed clockwork. Alex agrees with the writer, but seems to be more concerned with how fervently he's been wiping the same dinner plate. The writer launches into a huge speech about how ever since his wife has gone, he's been having a hard time doing the chores around the house by himself. He goes into detail about his wife's rape and murder. Alex recalls the vivid details of that unfortunate night he participated in. He starts to get sick. The writer orders Alex to bed.
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