Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four- Part II Chap. 5 (10)

Winston, alone with Julia, tried to clarify  that they knew nothing about the Revolution and the years before.  He explained that every record had been destroyed or falsified,  rewritten. That, every picture repainted, every statue and street and building renamed.

Winston tried to expose the significance in every date having been altered, and the process is continuous and with remarkable  clarity described how history had stopped and that nothing exists save an endless present in which the Party is always right.

Knowing the past is falsified was not enough.  He could never prove it, even when he was the instrument by which it was accomplished for after his destruction, his forgery, no evidence remains, save in his own mind.

He ponders if any other human being shared his memories.

Julia questions him about the paper on which the ‘facts’ had been and his destruction of that paper. Winston replies;

 “… if the same thing happened today, I should keep it.”


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