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The thing that is unusual about Winston's room is that the telescreen is located in a position that leaves a small alcove out of its field of vision. In most of the flats of the Victory Mansions, the telescreen was usually placed on the end wall, where it could keep the whole room constantly under surveillance. This anomaly allows Winston a small degree of privacy, and he uses the alcove to write in his journal, a practice that would have been unthinkable under the gaze of the telescreen. Orwell writes that it was "partly the unusual geography of the room that had suggested to him" that he ought to write in his journal in the first place.
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