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What sparks Helmholtz to speak out when listening to Mond and John talk?
He is unhappy with the way Mond is treating John.
He is embarrassed by the way John is talking to the controller.
He realizes that Mond will never permit him to write what he so desires.
He is unsure of how to proceed in his current career now that he is aware of Mond's vast knowledge of literature.
He wants to assure Mond that he is in alignment with him and will never write in the form that John so desires.