Winston and Julia, spending time alone in a place without ‘Big Brother’ watching, discuss things they can not say in public.
Where Winston analyses, Julia doesn’t. She is the kind of person to flick it all away with a ‘whatever’ where he wants to know how it happened.
He realises that it is easy to impose a world view on people incapable of understanding it.
The inability to comprehend permits them to accept the most flagrant violations of reality. The public never grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them. As time passed they were not sufficiently interested in events to notice what was happening.
The lack of understanding maintains the balance. The people swallow everything, and what they swallowed did no harm, “because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.”