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Part One, Chapter Three

Winston dreams about his family, who, through vague recollections, he understands have died so that he may remain alive. He is sad but he knows that tragedy and tragic feelings are remnants of the past and exist rarely today in the rigid Party society. He also dreams about an attractive dark-haired girl who works in the Fiction Department for the Party, but he is rudely awakened by an ear-splitting whistle from the telescreen. A woman appears on the screen and starts to rouse all Outer Party members in their daily exercise routine, the Physical Jerks. As Winston pains over the regimen, he thinks about the duplicity of the Party, who can control the past as well as the future, one of the central tenets of "doublethink." He knows that their current situation of war has not also been like it is, although the Party is quick to cover up any such allegations. Winston is then rebuked by the exercise leader through the telescreen, and he is ashamed at having shown emotion on his face which might have attracted her attention. He throws himself painfully into full concentration on the morning's exercise.

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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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