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Please explain the quote: "We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness."Who...

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Posted February 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM via web

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Please explain the quote: "We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness."

Who is saying it?  When did they say it? What is the importance of this quote

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM (Answer #1)

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This quote occurs a number of times in the book.  In the only times when we know for sure who is saying it, O'Brien is saying it.  It is sort of a mantra of the supposed resistance against the Party.  Because it is a mantra of resistance, it becomes something of a comfort and a goal to Winston.

Winston hopes, throughout the book, for the day when people will be able to meet in a place where there is no darkness.

He knew what it meant, or thought he knew. The place where there is no darkness was the imagined future...

He takes this to mean a place where there is no longer the sort of control of people that the Party now has -- a place where people can actually let their thoughts and feelings out into the light.

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