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  • Hank's bantering with Tony "Wet-Nurse".
  • When Francisco meets a professor of "modern" philosophy, and admirer of the latter notes that the doctor proclaims that "everything is nothing". Francisco snarks, "He should know more about that than anyone."
  • Hugh Akston tells Ragnar, a man known for daring pirate raids and blowing up steel mills, to not sit on the ground because it's dangerous. Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Sweet.
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  • When Quentin Daniels arrives at the valley, he is so excited about learning from John Galt that the latter immediately orders him to go back to Midas Mulligan's house and sleep for twenty-four hours.
  • Lillian telling Hank she slept with James Taggart, his reaction (or lack thereof), and her reaction to his reaction.
  • For anti-capitalists with a sense of humor, the distorted perspectives of the "heroes" makes for some decent Mystery Science Theater 3000-style mockery. After all, this is a movie about how the world is doomed by collectivism, unless jet-setters can save the 1% of it that matters.
  • The book was written between the mid 1940s and late 1950s. While Ayn Rand took a lot of speed. She was also notoriously bad at taking criticism, which is a problem when you're trying to get a novel published and have to deal with literary editors. Television and nuclear power do get mentioned, as real-life post-World War 2 tech. But there is also no reference to World War 2 having happened and Ayn Rand intentionally made her near future resemble the Great Depression. She was a loner herself who was out of touch with her own society, too. All this contributed to a kind of Unintentional Period Piece where the social mores and ideologies relevant to the plot, taken with the Depression-like conditions, seem more like the 1930s than 20 Minutes into the Future from 1957, when it was published.
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