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Posted July 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM via iOS

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What do Julia and Winston tell O'Brien that they would be willing to do for the Brotherhood, and what are their limits?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM (Answer #1)

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When they visit O'Brien in the belief he is a member of the Brotherhood, O'Brien asks them what they would be willing to do to overthrow the Party. They each agree, in turn, that they would be willing to give their own lives, to commit murder, to engage in acts of sabotage which may result in the deaths of innocent people, to betray their country to foreigners, to engage in a list of blatantly criminal and immoral acts, to give up their identities, commit suicide, and even to "throw sulphuric acid in a child's face" if service to the Brotherhood required it. What they are not willing to do is to "separate and never see one another again." Of course, the whole interview is a sham, and when Winston is later taken into custody, and tortured by O'Brien, a recording of what Winston said in O'Brien's chamber is played back to refute his contention that he is "morally superior" to the Party. T

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