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by George Orwell

1984 Book 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

How we cite the quotes:

"You can turn it off!" he said.

"Yes," said O'Brien, "we can turn it off. We have that privilege" (2.8.8-9, Winston and O’Brien)

Privacy away from the telescreens is a privilege afforded only to Inner Party members.

O'Brien > Julia

Quote 2

"You are prepared to give your lives?"


"You are prepared to commit murder?"


"To commit acts of sabotage which may cause the death of hundreds of innocent people?"


"To betray your country to foreign powers?"


"You are prepared to cheat, to forge, to blackmail, to corrupt the minds of children, to distribute habit-forming drugs, to encourage prostitution, to disseminate venereal diseases – to do anything which is likely to cause demoralization and weaken the power of the Party?"


"If, for example, it would somehow serve our interests to throw sulphuric acid in a child's face – are you prepared to do that?"


"You are prepared to lose your identity and live out the rest of your life as a waiter or a dock-worker?"


"You are prepared to commit suicide, if and when we order you to do so?"


"You are prepared, the two of you, to separate and never see one another again?"

"No!" broke in Julia. (2.8.28-45, O’Brien, Winston, and Julia)

Winston and Julia pledge selfless loyalty to the Brotherhood. While Winston seems prepared to give it all up, including his love for Julia, Julia presently is reluctant.

Quote 3

"We believe that there is some kind of conspiracy, some kind of secret organization working against the Party, and that you are involved in it. We want to join it and work for it. We are enemies of the Party. We disbelieve in the principles of Ingsoc. We are thought-criminals. We are also adulterers. I tell you this because we want to put ourselves at your mercy. If you want us to incriminate ourselves in any other way, we are ready." (2.8.16)

Winston and Julia profess their devotion and loyalty to the ultimate force of rebellion – the Brotherhood.

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