What does Winston's dream, with the girl with dark hair, mean? 

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This dream represents Winston's longing for a better world, a world without the Party and its absolute rule and suppression of individuality and natural instincts.The girl with dark hair, Julia, appears in the dream as Winston is secretly attracted to her. The way in which she sweeps aside her clothes not only testifies to Winston's desire for her but also appears as a gesture of defiance and rebellion and this is indeed the kind of character that she turns out to be in real life. 'Ancient time' refers to the time before the Party and all its ruthless institutions were formed.