Winston explains to Julia how his job at the Ministry was making sure the past matched the present. How he destroyed documents and rewrote them, and how now, he would not. How now he would maintain the ‘proof’.
Julia would not do this stating; “I’m quite ready to take risks, but only for something worth while, not for bits of old newspaper. What could you have done with it even if you had kept it?’
Winston replies that it was evidence.
“It might have planted a few doubts… I don’t imagine that we can alter anything in our own lifetime. But one can imagine little knots of resistance springing up here and there — small groups of people banding themselves together, and gradually growing, and even leaving a few records behind, so that the next generations can carry on where we leave off.”
This is where the ‘generation gap’ between Winston and Julia opens.
He was born at the beginning of the ‘revolution’ with bits of the past, of reality. Born in a time where there was no Big Brother always watching, Julia recalls no other world or time or culture.