Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part II, Chapter 7, of Atlas Shrugged: “By Our Love.”

  • Question 1: What is Dagny trying to accomplish during her time at Woodstock, and why does she find it impossible?
  • Question 2: How is Francisco’s attitude toward Dagny’s quitting Taggart Transcontinental different from Dagny’s? From their conversation, what can we tell about the causes of these differences?
  • Question 3: In which previous scenes have we seen any of the ideas Francisco expresses in his conversation with Dagny? Are there other ways in which this conversation is reminiscent of earlier scenes?
  • Question 4: Dagny and Rearden both say that they have “given in”—he by signing the Gift Certificate, she by returning to work. How is each of them different after giving in?
  • Question 5: In what ways do various characters react to the tunnel disaster, both before and after Dagny’s return to Taggart Transcontinental? Why do they react in those ways?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part II, Chapter 8?


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