I have a great deal of background information I need to dump on my readers. It's not character background info, but rather information that is integral to the main plot and theme. Personally, while I believe the information I'm sharing is very interesting (and hope my readers will too since it's critical to the story), I also know that it can become tedious to read a large chunk of exposition all at one time (although Ayn Rand managed that quite well I think!). Rather than droning on through narration, I'm attempting to deliver the information through dialogue. It's not an "idiot lecture" per se... I did try to include questions, answers and some minor "action" thrown in (like they move to this room, or drink a soda). And the character that is hearing the information does actually need to know it. It's not like one guy is saying, "I'm going to use my cellular phone now... that's a phone that works via radio waves, yada yada yada." Still, my dump takes up about 2200 words! Is it silly to expect that I can keep anyone's attention for that long? The information isn't something I can easily split up into other chapters. Once the characters find out that this information is important, they need to know the whole story in order to move forward in the plot. Wikipedia gives the example of The Da Vinci Code as a story which is concerned with the unearthing of a secret past - thus it includes some lengthy exposition sequences, complete with theorizing about the implications of the information. Is it sufficient to just break it up the way I have?