Study Guide

The Wanting Seed Part 2, Chapter 9

By Anthony Burgess

Part 2, Chapter 9

  • Beatrice-Joanna arrives at her sister's home, where her brother-in-law Shonny welcomes her happily.
  • As Shonny, Mavis, and Beatrice-Joanna catch up, Shonny reveals that the family is part of an underground religious revival. This sounds ominous.
  • Beatrice-Joanna reveals that she's pregnant, and that she has nowhere else to go.
  • Shonny and Mavis agree to let Beatrice-Joanna stay with them, but Mavis is obviously less enthusiastic than her husband. They have two children of their own already, and she's nervous about bringing unwanted attention (and punishment) their way. So much for sisterly love.