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by George Orwell

1984 Rebellion Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #10

"Have you done this before?"

"Of course. Hundreds of times – well scores of times anyway."

"With Party members?"

"Yes, always with Party members." (2.2.48-51, Winston and Julia)

Julia must be awfully busy if she's been getting jiggy with hundreds of guys. For her, it's just another way to stick it to the Man. 

Quote #11

His heart leapt. Scores of times she had done it: he wished it had been hundreds – thousands. Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope. Who knew, perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and selfdenial simply a sham concealing iniquity. If he could have infected the whole lot of them with leprosy or syphilis, how gladly he would have done so! Anything to rot, to weaken, to undermine! He pulled her down so that they were kneeling face to face. "Listen. The more men you've had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?" (2.2.54-55, Winston)

Winston probably would have had a great time with all the free love in the 1960's. Here he's fantasizing about how rebellious it would be if Julia had sex with thousands of other men. Thousands? Really, Winston? For him, it's all part of her rebellious allure—she's the bad girl, but that's what makes her oh-so-good.

Quote #12

"I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don't want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones."

"Well then, I ought to suit you, dear. I'm corrupt to the bones."

"You like doing this? I don't mean simply me: I mean the thing in itself?"

"I adore it." (2.2.57-60, Winston and Julia)

Looks like someone's gonna be on Santa's naughty list. Winston is first and foremost interested in sex as an act of rebellion, and secondly in sex as a pleasurable act. We have Big Brother to thank for that. 

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