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by George Orwell

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What is the effect of comparing the man from the Fiction Department to a duck?

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The man in question is sitting at a table adjacent to Winston and Syme in the cafeteria at the Ministry of Truth. He is talking to a young woman, and Winston, not exactly eavesdropping, catches a phrase here and there of what he is saying. What is striking to Winston is that he is talking almost constantly, saying things like "complete and final elimination of Goldsteinism" and other Party truisms and shibboleths without stopping to take a breath. Winston realizes...

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