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Part Two, Chapter Ten

When Winston awakes, he feels as if he has slept for a long time, although the clock tells him he has only slept for a short while. He hears the same woman singing the song outside the house, and as he looks at her, despite her fat and aged appearance from having worked so hard all these years, Winston feels that she is beautiful. Winston thinks back to his initial thought that if there is hope, it lies in the proles, and he is comforted after watching the woman outside. He thinks sadly to their own inhumanity, that this woman sings, that birds sing, yet they do not sing, the Party does not sing, and Winston says aloud, "We are the dead." Julia repeats him, and surprisingly, a third voice echoes, saying "You are the dead." Winston and Julia are mortified to find out that behind the picture of St. Clement's Dane is a telescreen which has kept track of all their actions in the room! The voice mimics their emotions, and also tells them the last line of the nursery rhyme. Men burst in and tackle Winston and Julia, throwing them onto the floor before arresting them. Winston hears sadly the shattering of glass, as the coral glass falls to the floor. Winston vaguely recognizes the voice over the telescreen, but he is only able to place it when Mr. Charrington, though his appearance is altered, enters and Winston realizes that he is a real member of the Thought Police and the voice that spoke to them through the telescreen.

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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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