By Anthony Burgess
During this nightmare imaginative and prescient of a not-too-distant destiny, fifteen-year-old Alex and his 3 acquaintances rob, rape, torture and homicide - for enjoyable. Alex is jailed for his vicious crimes and the kingdom undertakes to reform him - yet how and at what fee?
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I’ll say it once and no more. I say it with all respect, but if it had been me you’d given it to you’d have to answer. ” And he drowned his litso in his milk-glass. I could feel myself getting all razdraz inside, but I tried to cover it, saying calm: “There has to be a leader. Discipline there has to be. ” None of them skazatted a word or nodded even. I got more razdraz inside, calmer out. “I,” I said, “have been in charge long now. We are all droogs, but somebody has to be in charge. Right? ” They all like nodded, wary like.
I went to the lift, but there was no need to press the electric knopka to see if it was working or not, because it had been tolchocked real horrorshow this night, the metal doors all buckled, some feat of rare strength indeed, so I had to walk the ten floors up. I cursed and panted climbing, being tired in plott if not so much in brain. I wanted music very bad this evening, that singing devotchka in the Korova having perhaps started me off. I wanted like a big feast of it before getting my passport stamped, my brothers, at sleep’s frontier and the stripy shest lifted to let me through.
So I called back: “A bit of pain in my gulliver. ” I slooshied her give a sort of a sigh and she said: “I’ll put your breakfast in the oven then, son. ” Which was true, there being this law for everybody not a child nor with child nor ill to go out rabbiting. My mum worked at one of the Statemarts, as they called them, filling up the shelves with tinned soup and beans and all that cal. ” But I let on to be back in sleepland and then I did doze off real horrorshow, and I had a queer and very real like sneety, dreaming for some reason of my droog Georgie.