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Part Two, Chapter Three

When Julia wakes, she suggests that they return to the same spot since it is usually safe to use a secret place twice, although they would have to wait a month or so. She then gives Winston explicit instructions on how to get back to the city, and the two part separately to avoid being seen together. They do not return to the clearing, however, and instead, their next encounter is in the belfry of a ruined church. Beyond that, their opportunities to speak are also limited since they avoid conversation whenever the possibility that someone is observing them exists. This entails starting and interrupting a conversation at broken intervals, which Julia deems "talking in installments." One day they are walking side by side when a bomb explodes, and Winston thinks Julia is dead and smothers her in kisses, but fortunately, she is fine. Sometimes they approach the rendezvous site and pass by each other entirely, if there is the slightest possibility that they might be discovered.

Julia describes her disguised Party loyalty as great camouflage, believing that if she follows the big rules, she can get by with breaking several of the small ones. In the belfry, they tell each other more of themselves: Winston relaying the history of his marriage and his disgust with his wife, and Julia telling about her unhappiness living with all women and her ample sexual appetite in contrast to Party ideals. She criticizes the Party for taking away the desire for sex, saying that after making love, a person is happy and does not care about anything, which is exactly what the Party wants to avoid. Winston remembers once when he and Katharine had been hiking in Kent, when they were accidentally separated from the rest of their group. He had reveled in the moment, believing that they were the only two people on the world, but Katharine did not share in his fascination and only reluctantly joined him at the edge of the cliff to see a bunch of flowers Winston spotted below. Julia interrupts his memory by asking if he had been tempted to push her over the edge. Winston says he did not, preferring to do the positive over the negative even though he knows they are all doomed ("We are the dead."). Julia does not accept his negativity and tells him not to think as if they were going to die soon. She tells him to stop thinking about dying and starts to plan their next meeting.

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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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