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Why is it appropriate that this chapter begins with the singing of the two verses?

THis is in Part2  chapter 10.

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 8, 2011 at 3:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Winston and Julia have made several plans, some realistic and some not, of trying to escape their confined situation and be together permanently.  One of them involves becoming proles and blending into the lesser-scrutinized prole community.  In their secret love nest, the two hear the prole washer-lady song often.  It seems to be foreshadowing both the immediate future and the distant future for these two lovers. 

'It was only an 'opeless fancy,
It passed like an Ipril dye,
But a look an' a word an' the dreams they stirred
They 'ave stolen my 'eart awye! (Part 2, Chapter 10)

The first line of verse seems to foreshadow Julia and Winston's capture and declares their hopes of being together as hopeless.  Indeed, at the the end of this section, the two are captured and taken to the Ministry of love.

The second verse refers foreshadows the end of the novel, specifically when Julia and Winston meet again in the Chesnut Tree Cafe.

'They sye that time 'eals all things,
They sye you can always forget;
But the smiles an' the tears acrorss the years
They twist my 'eart-strings yet!' (Part 2, Chapter 10).

As the song suggests, time does heal, but not in the way that either may have thought.  They were put through rigorous torture after their capture, and ultimately they broke their vows of not turning on the other.  Through their reintegration process, they lost all feelings for each other and address each other as if they were mere acquaintances.

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