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Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four – Part II – Chap. 9 (2)

Winston, as others had  worked more than ninety hours in five days. Now he was off until tomorrow morning.

He considered spending six hours in his hiding-place above Charrington’s shop, the remainder at home.

He held the  brief-case which contained ‘The Book’, which he had in his possession for six days and had not yet opened.  He had received it on  the sixth day of Hate Week.

Received it at the moment it had been announced that Oceania was not at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally.

The key feature of this section of Chapter 9 is that the change in enemy didn’t happen last week or next week, it came in the middle of Hate Week.  It came when Anti Eurasia posters were up, when a speaker was haranguing the crowd.

The ability to go from anti-Eurasia to pro within a sentence was remarkable.  And of course, there was no admission that any change had taken place.

This mind control, this willingness of a population to be manipulated,  is the highlight of this section.

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