Study Guide

The Wanting Seed Part 4, Chapter 3

By Anthony Burgess

Part 4, Chapter 3

  • Tristram continues to walk/hitchhike north, and he eventually makes it out of the Greater London area and into the country.
  • Tristram takes a nap behind a country gate, and when he wakes up he hears singing coming from the fields. When he looks out, he sees pairs of women and men having sex in the open fields.
  • Tristram instinctively understands the point of all this, and thinks to himself that the crop blight "had been man's refusal to breed" (4.3.2).