What are some useful quotes from 1984 about Winston and Julia's secret meeting in the woods?

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Winston and Julia's secret meeting in the woods takes place in part 2, chapter 2. In terms of useful quotations, it is important to include a quotation that highlights the dangers of meeting secretly. Winston and Julia must be mindful of the possibility of hidden microphones which would alert the Party to their meeting and, more importantly, to their forbidden relationship:

"I didn’t want to say anything in the lane," she went on, "in case there’s a mike hidden there. I don’t suppose there is, but there could be."

Secondly, when Winston asks Julia about her sexual history, she tells him that she is not a novice:

Of course. Hundreds of times—well, scores of times, anyway.

This is important because it shows Julia is not as innocent as people might think. Julia is a very sexual person who expresses her hatred of the Party through her body. In fact, Julia detests the Party's ideology of purity, as she explains to Winston:

I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.

For Winston, this is the best thing he could have hoped to hear. He now knows that Julia is just as rebellious as he is, and this makes him love her:

Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?

Finally, in the closing lines of the chapter, Winston realizes that the act of having sex with Julia has a deeper, political meaning. Together, they have forged a personal loyalty, a union in which they have openly declared their love for each other and, more importantly, their hatred of the Party:

Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.

Douglas Horley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is an exciting although very dangerous time for Winston. Amidst the enormous frustration and angst in his life he appears to have made contact with an attractive younger lady who may share his hatred of the regime that they live under. In fact this turns out to be true. Julia later says to him,

"It was something in your face...As soon as I saw you I knew you were against them" (p. 128).

 Winston is willing to take the risk that Julia is not leading him into a trap as a member of the Thought Police. He is also willing to take the risk that he won't be caught by the Party's all pervasive surveillance. He muses that even in the countryside it wasn't much safer than London,

"There were no telescreens, of course, but there was always the danger of concealed microphones...." (p. 123).

It is to Winston's relief that he later learns that Julia has chosen the meeting place well; it is in a clearing with trees too small to conceal microphones.

Winston's secret meeting with Julia reveals several important aspects of their characters. One is that Winston is willing to take risks in trusting others which could rapidly bring about his downfall. In Julia's case we are introduced to a character who delights in her ability to deceive the Party and create her own space for personal enjoyment. The lengths to which the Party goes to monitor its citizens also yet again reminds the reader of the terribly repressive nature of this society.

parama9000 | Student

There was a quote where there was no telescreen or concealed microphone to record their small act of rebellion. This is most significant in my opinion.