Crome Yellow is the first novel by British author Aldous Huxley. It was published in 1921. In the book, Huxley satirises the fads and fashions of the time. It is the witty story of a house party at "Crome" (a lightly veiled reference to Garsington Manor, a house where authors such as Huxley and T. S. Eliot used to gather and write). We hear the history of the house from Henry Wimbush, its owner and self-appointed historian; apocalypse is prophesied, virginity is lost, and inspirational aphorisms are gained in a trance. Our hero, Denis Stone, tries to capture it all in poetry and is disappointed in love. (From feedbooks.com)
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Why does Denis move his belongings if it is a "futile proceeding"?
Denis seems to be the type of person who always has to keep busy. Do you know anyone like this in your own life?
Based on the events of the novel so far, how can you tell that Denis is a writer? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Which type of figurative language is used in the highlighted passage?
Do you see words as beautiful? In what way can words be beautiful?
Who do you think Denis is visiting?
Why does Denis compare Anne to a young tree?
A "boudoir" is a woman's dressing room. It is usually attached to a woman's closet and possibly her bathroom. This is the area in which a woman would get dressed. You can tell that Priscilla Wimbush is wealthy because this type of room would only exist in wealthy households. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted passage contains an example of imagery. Imagery is when an author uses descriptive language to create a mental picture in the reader's mind. To learn more about this literary technique, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
Fictional stories can be told from many different points of view. This story is told from the third person omniscient point of view. This means that an outside narrator is telling the story and knows everything that is happening to all of the characters. To learn more about point of view, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Denis's comment about "cultivating a rather ill-defined malady" mean?
Annie Besant was a British socialist, feminist, writer, and orator. She believed in Irish and Indian independence. (This annotation contains an image)
Mrs. Eddy is a reference to Mary Baker Eddy, a homeopathic healer and the founder of the Christian Science movement. (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary device is used in the highlighted text?
Why is it ironic that Mrs. Wimbush finds the passage about wealthy society beautiful?
"Mixed bathing" refers to both men and women swimming together in the same pool or beach.
Which literary technique is used in the highlighted passage?
From this description of Henry Wimbush, which word best describes him?
Why does Mr. Scogan lament novelists and their works?
Denis certainly seems to care quite a bit about his appearance. Is it usually expected that men put this much thought into their appearance? Why do you think Denis puts so much thought and effort into his looks?
A "femme superieure" is a special or superior woman. This term comes from the French language.
What does Denis mean when he says Jenny in her world of deafness?
Read the highlighted passage. Which sense does the author's use of imagery appeal to?
We can start to understand a bit about Denis's fascination with words and books. He states that books allows a person to experience different people and parts of the world when it isn't possible for that person to actually see much of the world. Have you been able to experience many different cultures and countries by reading about them? (This annotation contains an image)
What is ironic about Denis being the educated one and Anne being the uneducated one?
Why doesn't Denis tell Anne how he is really feeling?
Mr. Scogan speaks of the practicality to Mr. Wimbush's view on husbandry and farming. The animals' jobs are to produce, if they are unable to do so, then they should be slaughtered for their meat. Anne's perspective is that this is indecent and cruel. Which perspective do you agree with and why?
How do Mr. Wimbush's reasons for seeing animals breed differ from Gombauld's reasons?
Note Mr. Scogan's description of a society where the family system will disappear and society will rebuild itself on new foundations that aren't determined by strong emotions like love. When Anne makes the comment about it sounding lovely, Mr. Scogan states the distant future always does. Why does Mr. Scogan believe the distant future always sound beautiful?
Given the highlighted description of Mr. Barbecue-Smith, what is the author's opinion of him?
Why is Denis infuriated by the introduction to Barbecue-Smith?
What has Mr. Barbecue-Smith decided about Denis?
Denis's comment about how it is curious that the Infinite repeats itself points to his own disbelief in God and toward the idea that life is repetitive.
Notice the author's use of imagery to describe the bedroom furniture at Crome. Can you picture the fancy beds in your mind?
Mary is making Anne feel inferior to her based on what she is reading. Has anyone ever made you feel silly for your choices of reading material?
Why does Mary fear repression is going to make her a nymphomaniac?
What does Anne reveal about her feelings towards Gambould and Denis?
It is strange that Mary is trying to decide which man she should be intimate with like one would choose a new car. She seems very awkward in this situation.
Why does Mary choose Denis over Gambould?
This is an allusion to Alexander Dumas's novel "The Man in the Iron Mask." It was based on a historical figure, a prisoner in France who was never identified because he lived in a mask. He was imprisoned for 34 years this way until his death. What does it say about Mr. Bodiham that he is referred to as The Man in the Iron Mask? (This annotation contains an image)
What is the cause of Mr. Bodiham's frustration?
Where does Mr. Bodiham see the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet in society? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
How do we see Mr. Bodiham's "iron mask" slip in this highlighted passage?
Mary is attempting to draw into serious conversation with Mr. Barbecue-Smith and Denis. She is attempting to try and show her ability to carry on thoughtful conversations. What is ironic about Mary's attempts to show her abilities to Denis in this scene?
Chapters 1-10 Quuz
The highlighted sentence states that Mr. Wimbush's tone was "obituary." Which of the following is the best synonym for the word, "obituary"?
Below is a picture of Garsington Manor, which is Huxley's inspiration for Crome Yellow's estate. While reading Mr. Scogan's and Mr. Wimbush's discussion of the building, consider this picture. Whose understanding of the building do you agree with? (This annotation contains an image)
According to the highlighted passage, what do artists and aristocrats have in common in their pursuits?
Cubism was an art movement in the early 19th century that revolutionized art. Pablo Picasso was very famous for this style of art.
Why is Mary having such difficulty in her pursuit of a husband? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Why is Priscilla scornful about the Lapith and Wimbush history?
Why does Hercules's father drink himself to death?
Lapith chooses the name Hercules for his son in honor of his maternal grandfather, whose name was the same. Given the inclination of people who hear this name to think of the Greek hero, what is ironic about naming his son Hercules?
Why does Hercules begin remodeling Crome to fit his lifestyle?
How do Hercules and Filomena mirror the feelings of his parents towards Ferdinando?
According to the highlighted text, why does Ferdinando leave the room?
Seneca was a Roman statesman, philosopher, and writer. (This annotation contains an image)
What do Mr. Scogan's statements say about his feelings towards the people at Crome?
How is this conversation another example of how nobody takes Mary seriously?
According to Ivor, why is love an "occupation"? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Which character trait best describes Mr. Scogan?
What does the description of Ivor show about his character?
What do Ivor's actions say of his feelings towards the women?
Why is Denis humiliated?
What is ironic about Mary's feelings toward Ivor?
Why does Mr. Wimbush prefer the past to the present?
How did marriage make Sir Ferdinando a better man? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Why do the Lapith ladies not eat whole meals?
According to Mrs. Lapith, how has the younger generation romanticized death?
What is ironic about George finding the Lapith ladies eating?
Is it luck or choice that Mary and Ivor are together?
Which term describes Ivor's affections?
Why is Denis disappointed in the word "carminative"?
Why does Denis think Mr. Scogan a lesser man than him?
Chapters 11-20 Quiz
How does Anne use a metaphor to illustrate her view of the relationship between men and women?
What is Anne's portrait representing?
According to Mr. Scogan, why will Denis not amount to anything?
Aldous Huxley wrote "Crome Yellow" prior to his seminole work, "Brave New World." In "Brave New World," Huxley creates a world that is loveless and cold. This society is based off separating people into species and making a logical society of superior species. How does Mr. Scogan's tirade foreshadow this novel? (This annotation contains an image)
Mr. Scogan is not well-liked, but he sees and says things that are more realistic than artistic. What could his character be an example of?
What irony does Jenny's red book reveal?
What has Mary realized about Ivor?
Watch the video on static and dynamic characters. How would you classify Denis or Mary? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Mr. Wimbush host the Fair each year? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Does Jenny intentionally present herself as simple-minded to hide her true self from others?
What does Gambould mean by the statement he makes in the highlighted text?
What have Jenny's caricatures helped Denis to understand?
How is Mr. Scogan using his intellect and mockery of all things fanciful to predict the future? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
How are Denis's feelings about love, life, and people reflected in his poem?
What do Mr. Bodiham and his wife find disgusting?
Who is Denis thinking of at this moment?
Mr. Wimbush finally exposes his reasons for preferring the past to the present. What is it?
Why does Gambould feel that he has been wronged in this situation?
In confiding in each other, how have Mary and Denis changed their relationship? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Is Denis in a better mood because he is acting or because he has shared his troubles with another?
Why is Anne seeking Denis's attention?
Chapters 21-30 Quiz