This chapter starts with a description of the four thousand clocks in the Bloomsbury Centre and overall “hive of activity”. In the Fertilising Room, the Director is telling Henry Foster about how he will set a public example of Bernard upon his return. In front of such a large concentration of high-caste workers, he will announce that Bernard is to be sent to Iceland because "Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself." Bernard enters the room as a crowd is gathered. The Director announces, among other things, that he has "betrayed the trust imposed in him. By his heretical views on sport and soma,.." Bernard says indeed there is a reason why he shouldn't be so dismissed and in comes overweight Linda, recognising Tomakin at once. The Director is astonished and red-faced as the crowd laughs and jeers. Linda screams above the din "You made me have a baby!” and the crowd immediately hushes. John then enters and claims his father whereupon the Director rushes from the room in disgrace, hands over his ears.