Find the complete rhyme and locate the the London Churches.Where's is it located in the book? - Why is Winston fascinated by the Rhyme?
"Oranges and lemons" say the Bells of St. Clement's
"You owe me five farthings" say the Bells of St. Martin's
"When will you pay me?" say the Bells of Old Bailey "When I grow rich" say the Bells of Shoreditch
"When will that be?" say the Bells of Stepney
"I do not know" say the Great Bells of Bow
"Here comes a Candle to light you to Bed
Here comes a Chopper to Chop off your Head
Chip chop chip chop - the Last Man's Dead."
This poem is found in bits and pieces throughout the book, but mostly in Winston's dealings with the shop owner who rents the upstairs apartment to Winston and Julia. The rhyme, along with the paperweight and other items for sale in the shop, represent a lost era of history for Winston. A time when everyone sang like the woman doing her laundry, and no one had to hide his or her innermost feelings. A time when there were few or no restrictions on who could wear makeup or what history really said about a country. Winston clings to these things as if they are his life-line...a futile hope that the future will be brighter and more free.
The link below will lead you to researched information about each of the churches in the rhyme as well. It's fascinating history! Good Luck!