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Part One, Chapter Six

Winston is writing in his diary again, recalling a sexual encounter he has with one of the "prole" prostitutes. The Proles are assumed to be the uneducated lower classes, adhering to but not a part of the Party, and although the Party forbids consorting with prostitutes, it is sometimes excusable if discovered, so long as it is joyless and with inferior women. Though he can see that she is an old woman, he has crude sex with her anyway. In between writing, he stops to think about his wife, Katharine, about whom he knows very little now. The Party did not permit divorce, only separation in cases where there are no children, so Winston believes that he is probably still married to Katharine, though they have been separated for over a decade. Their marriage had been one of joyless sex, to which Katherine submitted to only in the hopes of bearing children, as part of her "duty to the Party." (Party women were trained to deplore sex from their childhoods, where chastity was ingrained into them.)

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Part One, Chapter One
Part One, Chapter Two
Part One, Chapter Three
Part One, Chapter Four
Part One, Chapter Five
Part One, Chapter Six
Part One, Chapter Seven
Part One, Chapter Eight
Part Two, Chapter One
Part Two, Chapter Two
Part Two, Chapter Three
Part Two, Chapter Four
Part Two, Chapter Five
Part Two, Chapter Six
Part Two, Chapter Seven
Part Two, Chapter Eight
Part Two, Chapter Nine
Part Two, Chapter Ten
Part Three, Chapter One
Part Three, Chapter Two
Part Three, Chapter Three
Part Three, Chapter Four
Part Three, Chapter Five
Part Three, Chapter Six


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