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Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four – Part III Chap 6 (14)

.’After the admission of what happened during the torture, there did not seem to be anything more for Winston and Julia to say to each other, yet they continued to sit on the metal chairs in the cold dank day.

It became embarrassing to sit there in silence: besides, it was too cold to keep still so Julia, who had always taken the lead in the relationship  said something about catching her Tube and stood up to go.

‘We must meet again,’ Winston said.

‘Yes,’ she said, ‘we must meet again.’

Then she walked towards the tube and he meandered  half a pace behind her. They did not speak.  Julia did not actually try to shake him off, but walked at just such a speed as to prevent his keeping abreast of her.

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This is the tragedy.   This is what the Party expected to gain by the torture.  To take two people who had loved each other, who had enjoyed being together and destroy all sense of connection.  All desire to be connected.

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