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[[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny Taggart]] visits UnitedLocomotiveWorks to determine why they consistently fail to deliver the Diesel engines she ordered. The /PresidentofULW talks for hours without answering directly or saying anything of substance. After returning to the office, [[/Eddie Willers|Eddie Willers]] informs [[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny]] that /McNamara has quit without explanation. As [[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny]] walks home that night she sees the depravity that passes for popular culture: books and movies that trivialize what is glorious, demonize what is moral, and exalt what is base; people who act as if pleasure were a sin that one gets away with. Depressed, she returns home and listens the soul tonic of /RichardHalley. While she listens, she recalls Halley's struggles as a young composer, his sudden success, and his mysterious disappearance. She sees in the newspaper that [[/Francisco dAnconia|Francisco d'Anconia]] has returned to /NewYork amidst a scandal in which a married woman tried to kill her husband so she could be with [[/Francisco dAnconia|Francisco d'Anconia]], who she identifies as her lover. [[/Francisco dAnconia|Francisco d'Anconia]] says he came to New York to witness the farce - but it is not the farce people are led to beleive that he wants to witness. ---- * Setting The offices of Taggart Transcontinental, New York in the evening, [[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny's]] apartment. ---- * Foreshadow [[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny]] sees a precision machine tool anandoned and decaying in the /UnitedLocomotiveWorks factory; abandoned not because it was valueless, but because the owners could not extract value from it. This foreshadows another discovery in an even less competent factory - a motor that is pricelss, but which is left abandoned by people who could not see its value. ---- The folowing characters appear in /SectioN141: /ChiefEngineer [[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny Taggart]] [[/Eddie Willers|Eddie Willers]] [[/Francisco dAnconia|Francisco d'Anconia]] /GilbertVail /McNamara - Mentioned. /MrsGilbertVail /PresidentofULW /RichardHalley