Tender is the Night

Stranger in a Strange Land – Chapters VI–VIII

Summary Chapter VI At dinner, Ben and Jill watch a “stereo tank”—a television-like device. Douglas appears on the screen delivering a speech and then interviewing the Man from Mars. Smith answers Douglas questions articulately and uncontroversially. Ben is upset after the interview, thinking that Douglas has enlisted Smith to say whatever Douglas chooses. Jill tells …

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Stranger in a Strange Land – Chapters IX–XI

Summary Note: These chapters begin Part Two, entitled “His Preposterous Heritage.” Chapter IX The narrator describes occurrences all over Earth, in politics, fashion, commerce, migration, and other subjects. Douglas has breakfast with his domineering wife, Agnes, who can sense that he is worried about something. She bullies him into admitting that Smith has gone missing, …

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Stranger in a Strange Land – Chapters XX–XXI

Summary Chapter XX Jubal signals Mike to stand, along with everyone else, for Douglass entrance into the hall. The “Martian anthem” that Jubal has demanded is played, and everyone stands except for Mike; Jubal believes that this gesture sends the political message that Mike represents a sovereign nation. Douglas delivers greetings to Mike, and Mike …

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Stranger in a Strange Land – Chapters XXII–XXIII

Summary Note: These chapters begin Part Three, entitled “His Eccentric Education.” Chapter XXII The narrator tells us of cosmic developments in the galaxy. The Martian elders discuss the implications of an important piece of Martian artwork. The narrator tells of recent developments in Earth culture. Most of the media frenzy surrounding Mike has abated, but …

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Stranger in a Strange Land – Chapters XXIV–XXVI

Summary Chapter XXIV Leaving the Tabernacle, Mike seems confused. Jubal tells Jill that he was compelled by the Fosterites salesmanship, and that he fears them. Jill is disgusted by their vulgarity, but Jubal argues that they are no worse than any other religion. Jubal cites potentially offensive tenets of many world religions, including Christianity. Mike, …

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