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In "1984", what deep dark secret does Winston reveal to Julia? And how do Winston and Julia communicate?

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Julia initially communicates with Winston by slipping him a note that says "I LOVE YOU" (Orwell, 136). After making initial contact, Winston has a brief, inconspicuous conversation with Julia in the canteen, where they agree to meet in the town square. In the crowded streets, Julia and Winston arrange to meet in a pastoral location outside of the city, where they have intercourse and relax next to each other.

After meeting in the countryside, Winston and Julia arrange a meeting at the church belfry. Winston and Julia communicate by briefly speaking to each other in crowded streets to avoid attention. Winston ends up renting an apartment above Mr. Charrington's antique shop, where the couple proceeds to carry on their affair in private. In the apartment, Winston and Julia communicate freely and arrange their future meetings.

In Book Two, chapter four, Julia throws her shoe at a rat when it peeks its head out of a hole in the wall. Winston immediately goes pale and reveals that he is terrified of rats. Winston's secret fear of rats will come back to haunt him when he is threatened by flesh-eating rats in Room 101 of the Ministry of Love.

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In Chapter IV of Part II, Winston admits to Julia that he is afraid of rats.They communicate through notes—she passes him a love note after following him for a time—and then by meeting in secret to make love and talk.

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