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controller -- as in: hire a new controller
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Brave New World
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  • This is the Controller; this is his fordship, Mustapha Mond.
  • One of the Ten World Controllers.
  • The Resident Controller for Western Europe!
  • Nowadays the Controllers won’t approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing games.
  • "That’s why you’re taught no history," the Controller was saying.
  • There were those strange rumours of old forbidden books hidden in a safe in the Controller’s study.
  • "I pierce it once," said the Controller.
  • "Fortunate boys!" said the Controller.
  • Frightened almost–as though she were a World Controller and he a Gamma-Minus machine minder.
  • "Horrible; precisely," said the Controller.
  • "Suffer little children," said the Controller.
  • Controller!
  • But the stamp of the World Controller’s Office was at the head of the paper and the signature of Mustapha Mond, bold and black, across the bottom.
  • Intoxicated, he was behaving as though, at the very least, he were a visiting World Controller.
  • The Resident World Controller’s Second Secretary had asked her to dinner and breakfast.
  • They were met on the roof itself (for that circular letter of recommendation from the Controller was magical in its effects) by the Chief Technician and the Human Element Manager.
  • Not for all the Controllers in the world.
  • Which was, the Controller reflected, quite possibly true.
  • Chapter Sixteen …. The room into which the three were ushered was the Controller’s study.
  • What would the Controller think?
  • To be labelled as the friend of a man who said that he didn’t like civilization–said it openly and, of all people, to the Controller–it was terrible.
  • The Controller shrugged his shoulders.
  • "Nice tame animals, anyhow," the Controller murmured parenthetically.
  • "Of course it is," the Controller agreed.
  • Each one of us, of course," the Controller meditatively continued, "goes through life inside a bottle.
  • He made a desperate effort to take the Controller’s meaning.
  • He jumped up, ran across the room, and stood gesticulating in front of the Controller.
  • In the end the Controller had to ring for his fourth secretary.
  • "One would think he was going to have his throat cut," said the Controller, as the door closed.
  • "Because, finally, I preferred this," the Controller answered.
  • "Well, religion, of course," replied the Controller.
  • The Controller, meanwhile, had crossed to the other side of the room and was unlocking a large safe set into the wall between the bookshelves.
  • "You might as well ask if it’s natural to do up one’s trousers with zippers," said the Controller sarcastically.
  • "Well, does there?" questioned the Controller in his turn.
  • But in civilized countries," said the Controller, "you can have girls without hoeing for them, and there aren’t any flies or mosquitoes to sting you.
  • "I went to see the Controller this morning," said the Savage at last.
  • The Controller laughed.
  • The Controller sighed.
  • The Controller smiled.
  • The Controllers had the island of Cyprus cleared of all its existing inhabitants and re-colonized with a specially prepared batch of twenty-two thousand Alphas.
  • When nineteen out of the twenty-two thousand had been killed, the survivors unanimously petitioned the World Controllers to resume the government of the island.
  • (The Controller’s evocation was so vivid that one of the boys, more sensitive than the rest, turned pale at the mere description and was on the point of being sick.) Lenina got out of the bath, toweled herself dry, took hold of a long flexible tube plugged into the wall, presented the nozzle to her breast, as though she meant to commit suicide, pressed down the trigger.
  • I was given the choice: to be sent to an island, where I could have got on with my pure science, or to be taken on to the Controllers’ Council with the prospect of succeeding in due course to an actual Controllership.
  • He had been prepared to lie, to bluster, to remain sullenly unresponsive; but, reassured by the good-humoured intelligence of the Controller’s face, he decided to tell the truth, straightforwardly.
  • I was given the choice: to be sent to an island, where I could have got on with my pure science, or to be taken on to the Controllers’ Council with the prospect of succeeding in due course to an actual Controllership.
  • Idly he turned the pages, read a sentence here, a paragraph there, and had just come to the conclusion that the book didn’t interest him, when the door opened, and the Resident World Controller for Western Europe walked briskly into the room.
  • "In the end," said Mustapha Mond, "the Controllers realized that force was no good.
  • "Extremes," said the Controller, "meet.
  • "Stability," said the Controller, "stability.
  • "Stability," insisted the Controller, "stability.
  • "You all remember," said the Controller, in his strong deep voice, "you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford’s: History is bunk.
  • We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future …" He was going to say "future World controllers," but correcting himself, said "future Directors of Hatcheries," instead.
  • And it’s what you never will write," said the Controller.
  • Oh please, your fordship, please …" And in a paroxysm of abjection he threw himself on his knees before the Controller.
  • If there were a lot of wind and storms, for example …" The Controller nodded his approbation.
  • There’s a great deal in it," the Controller replied.
  • We don’t," said the Controller.
  • "Does the fool think I’m too squeamish to see the word written out at full length?") "Partly on his interest being focussed on what he calls ’the soul,’ which he persists in regarding as an entity independent of the physical environment, whereas, as I tried to point out to him …" The Controller skipped the next sentences and was just about to turn the page in search of something more interestingly concrete, when his eye was caught by a series of quite extraordinary phrases.
  • At ten thirty-four they landed on the roof of the Santa Fé Post Office; at ten thirty-seven Bernard had got through to the World Controller’s Office in Whitehall; at ten thirty-seven he was speaking to his fordship’s fourth personal secretary; at ten forty-four he was repeating his story to the first secretary, and at ten forty-seven and a half it was the deep, resonant voice of Mustapha Mond himself that sounded in his ears.

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  • The controller will give a full report and recommendations to the Board in March.
  • The gamers I’d seen the night before had fallen asleep on the couch with the controllers still in their hands.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory

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