1984
1984
by George Orwell

1984 Book 2, Chapter 2 Quotes Page 1

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In general you could not assume that you were much safer in the country than in London. There were no telescreens, of course, but there was always the danger of concealed microphones by which your voice might be picked up and recognized; besides, it was not easy to make a journey by yourself without attracting attention. (2.2.2)

Its reach not limited to telescreens, the Party also places hidden microphones throughout London to monitor the interactions of its constituents.

Quote 2

The youthful body was strained against his own, the mass of dark hair was against his face, and yes! Actually she had turned her face up and he was kissing the wide red mouth. She had clasped her arms about his neck, she was calling him darling, precious one, loved one. He had pulled her down on to the ground, she was utterly unresisting, he could do what he liked with her. But the truth was that he had no physical sensation, except that of mere contact. All he felt was incredulity and pride. He was glad that this was happening, but he had no physical desire. It was too soon, her youth and prettiness had frightened him, he was too much used to living without women – he did not know the reason. (2.2.16)

Sexually repressed to the extreme, Winston’s physical functions are at first rusty when finally confronted with a lusty situation.

Quote 3

"It was something in your face. I thought I'd take a chance. I'm good at spotting people who don't belong. As soon as I saw you I knew you were against them." (2.2.34, Julia)

Julia believes she is adept at identifying rebels.

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