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by George Orwell

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In 1984 what is the ending to this quote, "If you kept the little rules..."?

The entire quote reads, "If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones" (Orwell 163). This quote defines Julia's philosophy of life and reveals that she is willing to keep the Party's little rules in order to commit serious transgressions that could lead to her arrest.

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In book 2, chapter 3, Winston and Julia continue to secretly meet and carry on their clandestine affair. Winston and Julia have difficulty finding time to conduct their affair due to the ever-present danger of the Thought Police and constant government surveillance. They manage to meet in a belfry of a ruinous church in the country and quietly speak for thirty minutes at a time in the streets while keeping an eye out for authorities. Winston recognizes that Julia is surprisingly able to adapt to their surreptitious life and is impressed by her ability to talk "by installments." Julia also manages to maintain a completely orthodox disposition at all times when she is out in public, and spends a significant amount of time volunteering and attending demonstrations.
Julia goes to great lengths to play the role of an orthodox supporter of Big Brother by boldly representing the junior Anti-Sex League, helping prepare banners for Hate Week, and collecting money for the savings campaign. Winston...

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