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Part One, Chapter Two

Winston realizes that he has not hidden his diary, but he still opens the door, to reveal his neighbor, Mrs. Parsons, who asks if Winston might help her unclog her sink. Winston grudgingly follows to help, although he does not want to, and comes across the Parsons' children, who are disappointed and restless since they cannot attend the hangings of some Eurasian prisoners that evening (the group with which the Party is engaged in war). Parsons is Winston's colleague as well, and Winston laments that one day, the Parsons' children will probably turn on them and report them to the Party for disloyalty. Winston is quick to leave.

Back in his apartment, Winston remembers a dream where a figure says to him, "we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness" and he concludes that it must have been O'Brien who spoke to him in his dream. Winston quickly writes a passionate greeting in his diary, warning himself that thoughtcrime (which he is committing) means death. He then washes his hands of ink, a tell-tale sign of his treachery, and hides his journal.

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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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