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The Wanting Seed Part 3, Chapter 4

By Anthony Burgess

Part 3, Chapter 4

  • Captain Loosley comes to visit Tristram in prison, and tells him that he knows where Beatrice-Joanna is. He wants to know when her child is likely to be born.
  • Tristram tells Captain Loosley to leave his wife alone, and insists that the child she's carrying is his. Although it's clear that his sanity has started to fray, it's also clear that to him, the child has become a symbol of defiance against state repression.