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There is really no direct allusion to George Orwell's 1984 in the story. However, if you think about the telescreens in 1984, a correlation can be made between Irene using her radio to listen in on the lives of the people in her building and the Thought Police listening in on the lives of Winston and others.
Similarly, the people in Irene's building did not know they were being "watched," and Winston did not know when the Thought Police might be listening. However, the tenants of the apartment building went about their lives unaware of their "intruder" while Winston was aware and cautious about his every move.
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