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The Great Escape

Atlas Shrugged – Day 103 – pp. 1150-1159 Now we get a little hokey. Francisco grills the subdued guards. How many guards are there? Where? What are these rooms? It’s military precision. (You wonder, when you’re an expert at one thing, it would seem, in Rand’s universe, you’re an expert at everything.
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The “Passion” of John Galt (or the end of Jim Taggart)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 102 – pp. 1140-1149 No it ain’t. “Long coils of wire, like the twisted arms of an octopus, stretched forward across the stone floor, from the machine to a leather mattress spread under a cone of violent light. John Galt lay strapped to the mattress, He as naked; the small metal […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 4

Atlas Shrugged – Day 093 – pp. 992-1001 “Listen, kid,” said Rearden sternly, “I want you to do me a favor. …make up your mind that you want to live — just as you did down there on that slag heap…” Time for a quick comment.
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 3

Atlas Shrugged – Day 092 – pp. 982-991 Hank has a solution. “If it’s production hat you want, the get out of the way, junk all of your damn regulations, let Orren Boyle go broke, let me buy the plant of Associated Steel — and it will be pouring a thousand tons a day from […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 2

Atlas Shrugged – Day 091 – pp. 972-981 “You can accept our repentance,” said Lillian in a voice glassy with caution. “I only want you to know that whatever I’ve done, I’ve done it because I loved you.” Hank ain’t listening to that. Mother Rearden is approaching panic mode. “What’s happened to you? What’s changed […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 1

Atlas Shrugged – Day 090 – pp. 962-971 D’ja ever read something so good that you couldn’t stop? That’d be Chapter VI – The Concerto of Deliverance. Rand’s finally got it going. Far as I’m concerned, this has been the best chapter in the book so far. Made the 962 pages leading up to it […]
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Soybeans and wheat

Atlas Shrugged – Day 087 – pp. 932-941 I have a question. Why hasn’t JG come after Eddie Willers yet? He’s got to be a candidate for the gulch. And his disappearance would most likely hasten Dagny’s decision.. Anyway, just before Phillip leaves, he tells Hank he’s never had any concern for his feelings. Hanks […]
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Francisco’s farewell… and trouble for Hank?

Atlas Shrugged – Day 086 – pp. 922-931 Hank’s feeling a little melancholy about it all. Like he betrayed Francisco, who was sacrificing for him. Dagny tells him Francisco did it for them. For them all. (So what the hell are you two doing???) What is it with these two? What is the drive not […]
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A September 2 surprise!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 085 – pp. 909-921 Somehow destroying a company like d’Anconia Copper or Rearden Steel is one thing. But destroying an innocent like Cherryl sinks the whole bunch to a new level of moral depravity.  (Not that I’m sentimental, but that bit pissed me off.) That said, the drama is starting to […]
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Revelations all ’round

Atlas Shrugged – Day 079 – pp. 852-861 You know, I’m thinking. Wasn’t Hank Rearden’s motive one of self-interest too? I mean he made a choice. And he chose what he wanted to do. He knows he can re-build Rearden Metal. Maybe he was protecting a higher ideal too — Dagny. She’s the last remnant […]
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Dagny’s return from paradise

Atlas Shrugged – Day 077 – pp. 832-841 “The buildings seemed worn by weeks of summer heat, but the people seemed worm by centuries of anguish.” Dagny’s back in the Big Apple. Apparently things have gone down hill in just the last month. These ten pages are more or less catch up so I’m just […]
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Romantic revelations (and more rough sex)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 058 – pp. 639-648 The romantic moment of truth has finally arrived! Hank demands to know what Francisco’s doing there. Francisco’s seen the key in Hank’s hand. He knows what he’s doing there.
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Pirate bookkeepers and out-of-town legislators

Atlas Shrugged – Day 052 – pp. 579-588 I’m going to try something a little different starting this evening. Rather than narrate the story like I’ve been doing, I’m going to try to recap a little less and think out loud a little more. A little more color, and a little less play-by-play. I’ll still […]
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Two new faces enter the fray

Atlas Shrugged – Day 058 – pp. 569-578 Eddie continues with his description of the follies. (I’ll condense.)
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Beating yourself with the blackjack

Atlas Shrugged – Day 057 – pp. 559-568 To climb into Hank’s head for the moment, I’d guess that he thinks they have some evidence about his black market dealings or over-pouring Rearden Metal or something like that. Dr F pulls a stack of copies out of his brief case. Hotel registries with the name […]
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Resignations and blackjacks…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 056 – pp. 549-558 Taggart says he can deliver Hank. That’s some valuable information according to Wesley Mouch. I should think so. And immediately on the tail of that nugget, Taggart has another idea. . .
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The climax of the decline (???)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 054 – pp. 529-538 “You know, of course, I won’t allow this to continue. . . I won’t permit you to have her. Not her. Anyone but her. . . . I won’t permit it! You’ll give it up!. . . You’ll give it up, you’ll leave her, you’ll never see […]
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Secrets revealed

Atlas Shrugged – Day 053 – pp. 519-528 My God! How long have I been gone! Well the move is about done. Pictures to hang and a few more things to organize, but for the most part, I’m all in. I think I set a world record for how much crap one guy can have. […]
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The beginning of the end?

Atlas Shrugged – Day 051 – pp. 499-508 All hell has broken loose. The apocalypse is at hand. And the G is still screwing things up.
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Sex and the city (Ayn Rand style)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 050 – pp. 489-498 Just as an aside, I happened across an article in an open tab I was reading about the death of Tony Curtis. A beautiful man if there ever was one.  It read: “As a performer, Mr. Curtis drew on his startlingly good looks. With his dark, curly […]
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