If Equality 7-2521 is “not like our brothers,” then neither is the woman he loves: Liberty 5-3000.
He first sees her working the fields with the women from the House of the Peasants. But in contrast to most members of his society, who are hunched and bowed, broken, dull, and consumed by fear, Liberty 5-3000 is proud, scornful, strong-willed and defiant, with a body “straight and thin as a blade of iron” and eyes that are “dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them.”
Like Equality 7-2521, Liberty 5-3000 has the courage and independence of judgment to defy her society’s laws, which forbid men and women to think of one another, let alone to speak personally or pursue a romantic relationship.
When Equality 7-2521 flees into the unknown, Liberty 5-3000 follows him, leaving the only life she’s ever known and risking death to pursue her highest value.