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1984 Book 2 Chapter 3 Summary

Instructor: Wendy A. Garland

Wendy has a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a Master's Degree in Business Management. She has 10 years experience working in higher education.

This lesson includes a brief recap of Chapter 2 of Book 2 of 1984. It will then provide a summary of Chapter 3, Book 2 of 1984. In Chapter 3, Winston and Julia talk briefly a few more times before meeting in the remains of a church. They find out quite a lot about each other's pasts.

Recap

In 1984, Book 2, Chapter 2, Winston meets Julia, the dark-haired girl from his dream of Golden Country. Julia hates the Party and everything about it. They make love and arrange to meet again sometime soon.

Winston and Julia Meet Again

As Chapter 3 of Book 2 of 1984 begins, Julia is arranging for her and Winston's safe return to London. They agree to meet again, but only after a while, as they don't want to raise any suspicions.

Winston and Julia meet in the city for a few times, but only if all conditions are safe. They only have quick conversations at a time so they won't get caught. After some time has passed, Winston and Julia meet in the old ruins of a church, where they make love again.

While at the church ruins, Julia shares a lot about herself with Winston. She tells him that she is 26 and lives in a hostel. It's an inexpensive place for travelers and students to live and eat with 30 other girls. Julia tells Winston about her first sexual encounter with a much older Party member. She then reveals that she has had sex with Party members many times.

Julia Shares Her Thoughts With Winston

While at the church ruins, Julia shares a lot about herself with Winston. She is 26 and lives in a hostel with 30 other girls. It's an inexpensive place for travelers and students to live and eat. Julia tells Winston about her first sexual encounter with a much older Party member. She then reveals that she has had sex with Party members many times. Julia and Winston then share their ideas about the Party. Julia tells Winston that unlike him, she is not interested in overthrowing the Party. She considers having sex with as many Party members as possible an act of rebellion.

Julia explains what she means to Winston. She says that the Party's rules against sex are meant to increase people's sexual frustration. That frustration can then be channeled as hate toward Big Brother's enemies, as well as passionate support for the war effort. By having sex just for pleasure with Party members, she is making hypocrites of them, people who set strict rules but break them themselves. By breaking important rules, Julia is also rebelling against the Party's existence.

Winston Shares a Secret With Julia

Winston tells Julia about his former wife Katherine. He talks about a time when they went on a community hike and fell behind the others. Winston and Katherine lost their way and wound up at the edge of a quarry, a large pit where stones and minerals had been dug out. He asked her to lean over and look at some flowers at the bottom of the pit. Winston then realized that there was no one else around and considered pushing Katherine into the quarry and killing her. Julia wonders why he did not and tells him she would have done it in a heartbeat.

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