Winston recalls his dream of O'Brien just after he has fixed Mrs. Parsons's sink in Chapter Two. According to his memory, in the dream he was walking through a totally darkened room when a voice that he recognized as O'Brien's said:
We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.
Winston has no idea what this cryptic message means, but he is sure that one day it will come true. This passage, which reveals Winston's obsession with O'Brien, and his vague conviction that O'Brien is actually a Party dissident, foreshadows events to come. For one thing, it is made clear that Winston has no evidence for his belief that O'Brien thinks this way. "It was still impossible," the reader learns, for Winston to know if O'Brien is "a friend or an enemy." But it becomes clear throughout most of the course of the novel that his encounter with O'Brien, foreshadowed in this passage, will not end the way that Winston hopes it will. Indeed, O'Brien becomes the agent of Winston's torture, and of the complete destruction of his independent will. Through O'Brien, Winston comes to love Big Brother.