Winston lives in a Victory Mansion, the naming of which is itself quite significant, given the state that the buildings are in. They are all old (they are identified as originating in the 1930s) and in a state of severe disrepair. As Orwell writes, concerning these structures,
The plaster flaked constantly from ceilings and walls, the pipes burst in every hard frost, the room leaked whenever there was snow, the heating system was usually running at half steam when it was not closed down altogether from motives of economy. (Orwell, 1984, Chapter 2)
Thus, you can observe in this an example of the State's manipulation of language (and through it, truth), one of the novel's key themes and one of the critical components of Orwell's understanding of totalitarian systems. Between Winston's poor health and the non-working elevator, even just climbing the stairs to reach his room proves a hassle.
Specific to the room itself, the most important feature is the telescreen, which is continually...
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