Study Guide

The Fountainhead Part 2, Chapter 9

By Ayn Rand

Part 2, Chapter 9

  • It's flashback time!
  • We get a chapter dedicated to the life story of Ellsworth Toohey.
  • In a nutshell, we find out that Toohey was a wimpy kid who developed a lot of resentment for kids who were bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, or richer than him.
  • Basically Toohey hated anything that was distinctive.
  • He decided that he liked ideas of humility and submission, and he started embracing and preaching that as he grew older.
  • At college and beyond, he gained a following with his ability to say nice sounding things and manipulate people.
  • Toohey worked as the world's worst career advisor for a while and encouraged mediocrity and conformity.
  • He then started writing and became a celebrity after he started publishing.
  • And that catches us up to the present day.