Jonnie Dawes (Ideal) interprets Fyodor’s high-strung Hippolyte. (The Idiot). Both characters are rather live-wires fixated on the idea of winning the esteem of others through the unusually extreme personal sacrifice of a bullet through the head. Ayn allows that Jonnie succeeds whereas Fyodor spares Hippolyte.
“Whose fault is it that they are all miserable, that they don't know how to live, though they have fifty or sixty years of life before them?”
–Hippolyte The Idiot
“A spirit, too, needs fuel. It can run dry.”
–Kay Gonda Ideal