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636–641. Copyright © 1962 National Council of Teachers of English. 23 24 James H. Quina Jr. and a great deal more longlived than the revolving standards of the modern psychologists; it is simply inner peace. It is difficult to discover a Huxleyan character who does not demonstrate in his actions a search for peace. Inner peace is secured only by abolishing the illusion of the identity. The identity must be annihilated by transcending time and by losing itself, so to speak, in the permanence of absolute reality—a reality which Huxley calls the Divine Ground.
Escape is cowardly; to be comforted by what is untrue or what is irrelevant to the world in which we live is stupid. 2 The world in which we live, Huxley’s world, belongs to Lord Edward Tantamount and Old Quarles of Point Counter Point (1928). The first tries to graft a tail onto the leg of a newt, the second wants to write the biggest book ever written on democracy. 4 Only three feet, four inches tall, Hercules panics at the sight of normal-size dogs and suffers humiliation when the woman he asks to marry him picks him up and shakes him for his impertinence.
Rampion is seen both as Huxley presents him and as Quarles describes him. And Quarles exposes his own limitations while writing about the other characters. The abrupt transitions (as many as five or six a chapter) from one set of characters to another allow us to see all the parallels in operation even when they are not gathered at the same table. Though the characters cannot penetrate each other’s private world, Huxley’s technique can. In so doing, Huxley uses “multiplicity” to expose eccentricity.