Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four – Part II Chap. 8 (12)

O’Brien says to Winston:

 ‘We shall meet again — if we do meet again -”

and Winston adds. ‘In the place where there is no darkness?’  hesitantly.

O’Brien nodded without appearance of surprise. ‘In the place where there is no darkness,’

It is odd that Winston, who has lived his life in secret and suspicion could so instantly grant this unknown member of the Inner Party absolute access to his thoughts.  And ridiculously, given the opportunity to ask O’Brien anything;

‘Did you …hear an old rhyme that begins “Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St Clement’s”?’

O’Brien nodded; completed the stanza:’Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St Clement’s,You owe me three farthings, say the bells of St Martin’s,When will you pay me? say the bells of Old BaileyWhen I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch.’

‘You knew the last line!’ said Winston as he is about to leave.  Just before he goes through the door, he glances back and O’Brien seemed to be in process of putting him out of mind.


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