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

Sometimes Winston and Julia talked of engaging in rebellion against the Party, but no idea how to do it.

Winston revealed a strange feeling he had about O’Brien, a senior member of the Party.  He felt he could announce that he was the enemy of the Party, and O’Brien would help him.

Julia did not find this weird.  She  judged people by their faces, and it seemed natural to her that Winston should believe O’Brien to be trustworthy on the strength of a glance.

She believed  nearly everyone, secretly hated the Party and would break the rules if they felt it  safe to do but did not believe that widespread, organised opposition existed or could exist.

The tales about Goldstein and his underground army, she said, were lies the Party had invented for its own purposes .

When public trials were happening she had taken her place in the Youth League which surrounded the courts and chanted ‘Death to the traitors!’  During the Two Minutes Hate she always excelled all others in shouting insults at Goldstein.

Yet she had only no idea who Goldstein was and what doctrines he was supposed to represent.

She didn’t  know the ideological battles of the fifties and sixties, or could imagine an independent political movement.

To her,  the Party was invincible. It would always exist, and it would always be the same.


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