Study Guide

The Fountainhead Part 2, Chapter 3

By Ayn Rand

Part 2, Chapter 3

  • Ellsworth Toohey writes an article praising Keating to the heavens.
  • He sends it along to Keating before it's published.
  • Keating flips out with excitement.
  • But then a dude named Stephen Mallory tries to assassinate Toohey.
  • Toohey is unharmed.
  • Keating's first thought is that his article won't be published on time.
  • He is seriously the most selfish person alive. Rand isn't big on subtlety or character nuances here. Think of this as Rand shouting in a caveman voice: Keating bad! Keating bad!
  • Keating then goes to visit Toohey.
  • Toohey is a little man who wears glasses and looks like he couldn't hurt a fly.
  • They talk in circles around each other and act all political and crafty.
  • Toohey invites Keating to be part of an architecture club he's putting together.
  • He also asks Keating about his relationship with Katie and says that he approves.