Study Guide

Anthem Chapter 4

By Ayn Rand

Chapter 4

  • Many days pass before Equality 7-2521 can speak to Liberty 5-3000 again.
  • Then, on "the day when the sky turned white" (4.1), Equality 7-2521 finds her alone by the hedge.
  • Equality 7-2521 tells her he's decided to call her "the Golden One." In the privacy of his head, of course.
  • Liberty 5-3000 has a name for him too: "the Unconquered."
  • Equality 7-2521 says thoughts like these are forbidden. But he likes them anyway.
  • He calls Liberty 5-3000 "dearest one," and she likes it so much she asks him to do it again.
  • Liberty 5-3000 asks Equality 7-2521 if he could use anything to drink, and Equality 7-2521 says he's thirsty.
  • Liberty 5-3000 stoops down to the moat and gathers water in her hands. She holds her hands up to Equality 7-2521's lips, and he drinks.
  • Equality 7-2521 is in sheer ecstasy.
  • They each step away from each other "in wonder" (4.30). Liberty 5-3000 walks away, stepping backwards and keeping her eyes fixed on Equality 7-2521.