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The Wanting Seed Part 1, Chapter 11

By Anthony Burgess

Part 1, Chapter 11

  • Beatrice-Joanna and Derek lie in bed together, and Beatrice-Joanna wonders to herself if she meant to forget to use birth control.
  • Derek tells Beatrice-Joanna that education and propaganda aren't doing a good enough job of preventing population growth. He insinuates that things are about to take a very dark turn.
  • As Derek gets ready to leave, he alters his inflections and mannerisms so as to seem gay. No one but Beatrice-Joanne knows the truth about his heterosexuality—or so he thinks.