Study Guide

The Fountainhead Part 2, Chapter 2

By Ayn Rand

Part 2, Chapter 2

  • Dominique continues obsessing over Roark, but she prides herself on her ability to resist him.
  • Except not so much...Dominique then deliberately scratches up her fireplace in order to have an excuse to ask Roark over.
  • She tells Roark she'll pay him to fix her fireplace, and he says okay.
  • Roark comes over, and Dominique checks him out while he's working.
  • He pretty much ignores her.
  • Later Roark sends some random dude in his place to finish the work on the fireplace.
  • Dominique is frustrated.
  • Roark comes over a few nights later and rapes Dominique.
  • Okay, quick interruption—this scene is extremely controversial. This scene reads like rape, but Dominique feels satisfied afterwards. Yeah, extremely controversial: Dominique is upset and humiliated but also notes that she wanted Roark to dominate her. To read more about it and to see what various critics have said about it, head on over to the "Sex Rating" section.
  • Roark thinks about Dominique too the next day and acknowledges that he has feelings for her.
  • Roark lands a job with an industrialist named Roger Enright, and he takes off quickly.
  • Dominique discovers he's gone and feels upset.