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Feelings

06 Nov

1984
Book II chapter vii

Winston and Julia are talking about what will happen when they’re caught.

“If you mean confessing,” she said, “we shall do that, right enough.  Everybody always confesses.  You can’t help it.  They torture you.”

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“I don’t mean confessing.  Confession is not betrayal.  What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter.  If they could make me stop loving you–that would be the real betrayal.”

I was struck by how different Winston and Julia’s relationship is from the one in our last book.  Can you imagine The Stranger’s Mersault telling Marie, “only feelings matter”?  Mersault?  When Marie brought up the topic of marriage, Mersault could take it or leave it

Ahhh, a character who emotes.  It’s nice to be back in the land of feelings.
Even if they are Ingsoc suppressed feelings.

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