How does his momentary eye contact with O'Brien affect Winston in 1984?
During a two-minute hate session, Winston is revulsed, as he always is, when everyone starts chanting "B-B!" for Big Brother. This mindless, hysterical chanting, with the pause between the first and second B, always makes Winston go cold inside. Yet he always goes along with the chanting, as anything else would be too risky. This time, however, he pauses for a few seconds, and at this moment O'Brien , who has been polishing his glasses, looks at him. Their eyes meet for "a fraction of a second"...
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