Brant Gaede Posted September 21, 2014 Share Posted September 21, 2014 I told her that I liked The Fountainhead and she asked what I thought about the philosophy, the theories in the novel. I said that I didn't know there was any philosophy in it, and she said, then how can you say that you liked it. I said, because I loved the story. It was fascinating. She got mad and she left, and I never heard from her after that. It was her philosophy that she was so proud of.Did you disagree with some of her philosophy?Oh yes, I did. I just disagreed with the fact that philosophy was the most important element. She stood there leaning on the mantelpiece giving me the evil eye. She really disliked me when I said it. She was very proud.Is that what Howard Roark would do? Would he get so upset about what someone else thought that he'd give them the stink eye, leave the event in a huff, and never contact the offender again? It sounds like the behavior of someone to whom others' opinions are very important.She complained to Nathaniel Branden that John Galt would know what to do, but she didn't. This was about her depression, I think. Or her critics which savaged her great novel in their reviews.Of course others' opinions were very important to her. (That is, whom she considered important people.) She wanted an affair hidden from the view of all but the four principals. NB said she seemed much more conventional in her personal life than the radicalism of her philosophy. By keeping the affair private but sharing explicit knowledge of it with the principals she could live the lie it reflected her great integrity. The opposite was true and Barbara Branden said it would have been better if they had hidden it from everybody for the effect it had on her and Frank at least, if not Ayn and Nathaniel. (All after "everybody for the effect it had" is my supposition, not Barbara's as stated by her.)--Brant Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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