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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four: Novel Summary: Part 2 Chapter 7-Part 2 Chapter 8

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Part 2 Chapter 7: Winston emerges abruptly from a painful dream about his mother. Winston remembers his mother sacrificing her food rations so that he could eat more. He remembers how selfish he had been as a child; how he had stolen chocolate from his dying sister's hands and never saw his family again. Julia, stirring beside him in bed, tries to comfort Winston. They agree that someday they will be caught by the Thought Police and torn apart. While the thought of losing Julia kills Winston, he realizes that the Party can never make him stop loving her: "They could not alter your feelings; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable" (p. 168).

 
Part 2 Chapter 8: Winston and Julia arrive at O'Brien's home expecting to join the Brotherhood. O'Brien invites the couple into the study, turns off his telescreen, and proceeds to ask them to profess their loyalty to the Brotherhood. Winston and Julia declare that they will commit the following acts for the Brotherhood: give their lives, commit murder, commit sabotage that will kill innocent people, betray Oceania to foreign powers, corrupt the minds of children, distribute habit-forming drugs, encourage prostitution, disseminate venereal disease, lose their identity, and commit suicide. However, they refuse to dissolve their relationship for the cause. O'Brien seems pleased by this answer. He gives the eager couple further instructions and information about the Brotherhood and he tells Winston that he will pass his a secret book in due time. 



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