Study Guide

The Fountainhead Part 1, Chapter 9

By Ayn Rand

Part 1, Chapter 9

  • Roark goes to work for a guy named John Erik Snyte. Hee hee. Snyte. We bet he's not going to be a good dude with a name like that.
  • Snyte runs a collective ensemble of architects. He has one of each type and has them all operate like some sort of Borg hivemind. Roark becomes the group's resident "modernist" guy.
  • Roark really hates this job.
  • Meanwhile the building trade unions go on strike, and Toohey quietly supports them.
  • Keating gets frustrated that Katie is ignoring him for her uncle (Ellsworth Toohey, remember?), who is putting her to work as a sort of secretary.
  • Keating finds Katie at one of her uncle's rallies, and they are both hypnotized by Toohey and his awesome speaking skills.
  • They then leave and discuss their non-starter of a relationship some more. It's kind of sad. Those crazy kids really seemed to like each other.