Alex wanders into the record shop he used to frequent. It looks the same, but without the old customer rep, Andy.
Instead, some teenager runs the store now.
Alex wants to listen to a bit of the Mozart Number Forty in the listening booth.
The teenager makes fun of him.
Alex feels his temper get hot, but quickly tries to forget about it, instead smiling at the flippant teenager.
The music being piped over in the booth is not the Mozart Symphony Number Forty in G Minor, but the Mozart Prague. Usually, this would have enraged Alex, but before he can get angry, he feels sick to his stomach.
He realizes he has forgotten how Ludovico's Technique has ruined all classical music for him.
Crawling out of the booth sick and in pain, Alex staggers into the Korova Milkbar around the corner.
The place is rather empty, since it's early morning. Alex orders some laced milk, size large.
The hallucinogens work on Alex. He starts to trip.
He starts to make funny noises.
He talks about God and his Angels and Saints…and sees them standing in front of him in a sea of statues.
He feels light, almost like he's in Heaven.
He grows warm and cold, and collapses…
Alex starts to cry, feeling like death is the only answer to his sorrows.
He doesn't know how he could kill himself without getting sick, though, as the thought of himself bloodied by his own sword makes him sick.
Alex walks to the public library to research other methods that enable him to die by drifting off into a dreamless sleep.
This is an old public library, one that Alex hasn't been in since he was six years old.
There are a lot of books and Alex, bewildered, goes from one to another.
He flips through a medical book, but its descriptions and drawings of wounds and diseases only make him sicker.
Then he takes down the Bible, thinking that it might give him comfort, like in his Staja days.
Wrong; he starts to cry about Jews fighting with one another.
An old man asks him what the matter is.
The two converse.
A second old man—named Jack—yells out that he recognizes Alex—Alex beat him up once.
Alex responds that he's been punished for his crimes.
Punishment? How about extermination, said the old man.
Jack screams out for other ninety-year-olds to take hold of Alex so they can all teach him a lesson.
They push and claw at Alex when a library attendant comes along.
Alex pleads with the attendant to protect him, and to call the police.
The old guys continue beating him up until the police arrive.