To what question does Julia say, "No," in 1984 by George Orwell?

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In part two, chapter eight, Winston and Julia visit O'Brien's apartment in an attempt to officially join the Brotherhood, which is a secret organization dedicated to overthrowing the government and the demise of Big Brother. After O'Brien pours Winston and Julia glasses of wine, he begins to question their loyalty and dedication to the Brotherhood's cause. O'Brien proceeds to ask Winston and Julia if they are prepared to commit murder, betray their country to foreign powers, or commit suicide if given the order. Both Winston and Julia obediently answer "yes" to all of O'Brien's questions. O'Brien then asks them if they are prepared to separate and never see each other again. Julia responds to his question by emphatically saying, "No!" (Orwell, 218). Julia's response is dramatic and solidifies her love for Winston. Winston is initially left speechless and eventually confirms Julia's answer by saying, "No."

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I am assuming that this is a question for Part 2, Chapter 8 of the novel 1984. If so, this part takes place when Julia and Winston come to O'Brien's flat to pledge their interest in working for the Brotherhood (the rebellious group that plans to go against the Party). To test their commitment and resolve, O'Brien asks Winston and Julia several questions, including whether they would be prepared to give their lives for the Brotherhood and whether they would be willing to murder for the greater good of their cause. Winston answers for himself and Julia when he says yes. When O'Brien asks whether Winston and Julia are willing never to see one another again, for the cause, Julia answers no, and Winston agrees. 

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