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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four: Novel Summary: Part 1 Chapter 1 - Part 1 Chapter 2

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Part 2 Chapter 1: Back at work, Winston again encounters the girl that he met in the prole quarter the night before. This morning, however, the girl has her arm in a sling and stumbles as she approaches Winston. Instinctively, Winston bends to help the girl who, without notice, slips a piece of paper into his pocket. Worried that the telescreens will catch him reading the note, Winston waits until he returns to his cubicle and has begun working again before he opens the paper. The note reads, "I love you" (p. 109). No longer suspecting that the girl is a spy, Winston tries several times unsuccessfully to sit next to her in the cafeteria. When they finally manage to sit together, the girl instructs Winston to meet her at Victory Square. Extremely curious, Winston arrives at Victory Square early, meets the girl, and agrees to meet her again later in the country. 

 
Part 2 Chapter 2: Although the journey is fraught with danger, Winston eagerly ventures to the countryside to meet his new girlfriend. The beautiful scenery that greets him outside the city reminds readers of Winston's dreams of the Golden Country. Winston meets the girl in a serene clearing where they quietly introduce themselves. The girl, Julia, does not care the Winston is old, in poor health, and probably married. As she wrapped her arms around him, Winston was overcome with pride and warmth-experiencing human contact for the first time in years. Julia tells Winston about herself. She is an Outer Party member, like himself, but she actively rebels against the Party in small ways. For example, she enjoys sex with Party members and she purchases banned products such as chocolate and coffee on the Black Market. Julia's philosophy: as long as you pretend to be loyal to the Party in word and deed, you can revolt against the Party in other, less noticeable ways. Winston finds Julia's animal instincts hopelessly attractive however, their relationship was still politically motivated: "Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act" (p. 128).



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