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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four: Novel Summary: Part 2 Chapter 3-Part 2 Chapter 4

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Part 2 Chapter 3: Julia and Winston struggle to see each other. Over the next several months, they find it too dangerous to meet so they settle with passing each other in the streets and making love once in the belfry of an abandoned church. At the church, Winston learns more about Julia and tells Julia about his wife, Katharine. Essentially, Julia just wants to enjoy herself but she knows that the Party will do everything it can to stop her. So, outwardly, she appears steadfast in her loyalty-she is a member of the Junior Anti-Sex League and she contributes a lot of time to Party campaigns such as Hate Week preparations. Before they part again, Winston admits to Julia that he wishes he had killed his wife when he had a chance. Although they express their rebellious ideologies in different ways, Winston and Julia share the same values and beliefs about the Party.

 
Part 2 Chapter 4: Winston rents the room above Mr. Charrington's shop in the prole quarter. Although he knows that renting the room is a rash and dangerous move, his desire to meet Julia and to have time away from telescreens (prole neighborhoods do not usually have telescreens) overwhelms him. Winston and Julia re-unite in the rented apartment. Julia brings real sugar, coffee, and tea that she had purchased on the Black Market. For the first time, the lovers feel secure and spend a blissful afternoon together until Winston sees a rat in the room. Winston reacts violently to the rat, "Of all the horrors in the world-a rat!" (p. 145) Julia calms Winston's nerves and promises to plaster the hole where the rat had emerged. His love for Julia grows and he imagines that their relationship is like the glass paperweight he had purchased from Mr. Charrington, "The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral was Julia's life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal" (p. 148).



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