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John Donne, a 17th century Metaphysical poet, often wrote about the freedom to wholeheartedly take part in all aspects of life whether it be sexual or spiritual. In his poem, "The Indifferent", Donne, the speaker, is trying to explain how he has no trouble loving any kind of woman, implying the theme of infidelity.

He states in the poem "I can love her, and her, and you, and you, / I can love any, so she be not true" in the first stanza. He ends the poem with "Since you will be true, / You shall be true to them who are false to you."

Donne is playing on the idea of the reversal of vice and virtue. We see this in Brave New World as well; which of the following quote(s) express reversal of vice and virtue in the novel as it is in the poem?

Select ALL that apply.

A

"...it's not as though there were anything painful of disagreeable about having one or two men besides Henry..."(Huxley, Ch. 3)

B

"How much I love you, Lenina," he brought out almost desperately. An emblem of the inner tide of startled elation, the blood rushed up into Lenina's cheeks. "Do you mean it, John?"
"But I hadn't meant to say so," cried the Savage, clasping his hands in a kind of agony. "Not until … Listen, Lenina; in Malpais people get married."
"Get what?" The irritation had begun to creep back into her voice. What was he talking about now?
"For always. They make a promise to live together for always."
"What a horrible idea!" Lenina was genuinely shocked." (Huxley, ch. 13)

C

Lenina makes the statement to her friend Fanny, "...it's only about four months now since I've been having Henry." Fanny responds in a shocking and mocking tone, "Four months of Henry Foster, without having another man...I really do think you ought to be careful. It's horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man." (Huxley, Ch. 3)

D

"They disliked me for my complexion. It's always been like that. Always. " (Huxley, Ch. 7)

E

"One of the women was holding her wrists. Another was lying across her legs, so that she couldn't kick. The third was hitting her with a whip. Once, twice, three times; and each time Linda screamed...They say those men are their men," (Huxley, Ch. 8)