Today’s Dose of 1984

An excerpt from George Orwell’s “1984“:

Nobody heard what Big Brother was saying.

It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken.

Then the face of Big Brother faded away again, and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

But the face of Big Brother seemed to persist for several seconds on the screen, as though the impact that it had made on everyone’s eyeballs was too vivid to wear off immediately. The little sandy-haired woman had flung herself forward over the back of the chair in front of her. With a tremulous murmur that sounded like ’My Saviour!’ she extended her arms towards the screen.

Then she buried her face in her hands.

It was apparent that she was uttering a prayer.

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One Response

  1. All too true. All of his plays are out of the Big Brother handbook!

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