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In Part One, Chapter Eight of “1984,” as Winston is walking past a pub where the proles frequented, he sees a group of men gathered close together. One is holding a newspaper and they are all concentrating hard on it. Winston can tell by the expression on their faces that this was “serious piece of news” that they were reading. The group broke up, but two of the men almost came to blows over what they were reading. It was the results of the Lottery.
To many of the proles, the Lottery was the sole reason for living.
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