Study Guide

The Wanting Seed Part 1, Chapter 13

By Anthony Burgess

Part 1, Chapter 13

  • Although Tristram and Beatrice-Joanna don't see the broadcast, that night, Prime Minister Starling announces that stronger, more punitive measures are going to be taken on those who fail to abide by the laws of population control.
  • Tristram and Beatrice-Joanna also miss the news coverage of a strike at the National Synthelac Works, where striking workers are being clubbed and shot by the police. People are calling the police "greyboys," because of the color of their uniforms.
  • They also miss the announcement of a whole new force, called the Population Police. As they learn later, Derek is its new Metropolitan Commissioner.