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Part Three, Chapter Six

Winston is in the Chestnut Tree Café, drinking gin and playing chess as if it were a routine. As soon as his gin glass is empty, the waiters know to refill it, without even being told, and Winston even has his own table at the café. The telescreen is announcing news about the war against Eurasia (Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia), and Winston is lost in his thoughts. He tries not to think about what happened to him, and concentrates on the present, where he has a good job which does not require much work at all. He works on a subcommittee of a subcommittee, dedicated to compiling some form of information about Newspeak, though Winston himself is not sure what the ultimate task is. He thinks about the war and what a possible victory might mean against Eurasia. He has mixed emotions about the war, but he cannot pinpoint what he feels exactly. He traces in the dust on the table: 2+2=5.

He recalls seeing Julia for the first time after being released. She has changed, and they both confess to betraying each other. Julia says that at a certain point, all you can do is care about yourself, and Winston agrees, since they have both ceased to care about each other a long time ago.

The telescreen plays a song, which brings tears to Winston's eyes. He has a fleeting memory of his mother and sister, about a day when they had all played Snakes and Ladders and had a wonderful time with each other. He quickly pushes the memory out of his mind. The telescreen loudly announces that there has been a victory in Africa for Oceania and that the end of the war is possibly near. All this time, Winston's emotions had not been solidified, when even moments ago he had questioned whether or not the announcement would be good news or bad news for Oceania. But hearing the news of the victory, all has changed. As the telescreen continues to report about war news, Winston looks at the large poster of Big Brother. Tears roll down his face as he suddenly realizes how much he has misunderstood the Party - Winston loves Big Brother. He has won the victory over himself.

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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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