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1984 Book 2 Chapter 2 Summary

Instructor: Kimberly Myers

Kimberly has taught college writing and rhetoric and has a master's degree in Comparative Literature.

This lesson is a summary of Book 2, Chapter 2 of George Orwell's '1984'. In this chapter, Winston meets the dark-haired girl in the countryside and learns that her name is Julia. He learns more about her and they begin a physical affair.

Chapter Summary

Meeting Julia

This chapter of 1984 opens with Winston making the journey to the meeting place that the dark-haired girl specified. As he walks down the path, he takes in the beauty of nature, but he is also conscious of the possibility that he has been followed or that there are microphones hidden in the trees.

Winston hears a noise on the path and sees that it is the brunette. She silently leads Winston to a clearing surrounded by trees. Winston is put at ease by the girl's confidence; it's clear that she has been to this place before. She tells Winston that her name is Julia.

Winston is finally able to look at and talk with Julia freely. In the clearing, Julia kisses Winston. He is unused to the physical contact and feels very little emotionally. They talk about what Winston thought of her before reading Julia's note, and Julia is delighted that Winston suspected that she was a member of the Thought Police. She seems to take pride in how misleading her outward appearance and demeanor had been. Winston learns that Julia volunteers with the Junior Anti-Sex League and keeps up the guise of a devoted Party member.

When Winston asks Julia how she knew that he would be safe to approach, she says, 'It was something in your face. I thought I'd take a chance. I'm good at spotting people who don't belong. As soon as I saw you I knew you were against them .' The them is the Party.

The Golden Country

Winston and Julia walk to the edge of a field and gaze out over it. Winston suddenly recognizes the landscape as the Golden Country that has appeared before in his dreams. As they stand together, a bird lands on a sunlit branch near them and begins singing. Winston is awed by the bird and wonders what motivates the bird to sing when there is no mate or rival to hear its song.

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