What happens to Julia at the end of 1984?

At the end of 1984, Winston runs into Julia. Like him, she has become an empty shell of a person, and she betrayed him when faced with her worst fear. The two no longer love each other.

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After she and Winston are arrested, Julia fades out of the last part of 1984. At this point, the focus moves entirely to Winston, who is separated from Julia. The bulk of the novel at this point depicts the ways Winston is tortured by O'Brien until he finally cracks...

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After she and Winston are arrested, Julia fades out of the last part of 1984. At this point, the focus moves entirely to Winston, who is separated from Julia. The bulk of the novel at this point depicts the ways Winston is tortured by O'Brien until he finally cracks and betrays Julia. This betrayal kills something inside of Winston.

However, near the very end of the novel, after he is freed, Winston runs into Julia on the street. Her figure has thickened, and she, too, is a broken person. She explains to Winston that she betrayed him when she was faced with her worst fear, just as Winston betrayed her. She does not reveal what that fear was. Neither Winston nor Julia feels any spark of attraction for the other anymore. Betraying each other has killed their love.

We can see from her brief meeting with Winston that Julia is no longer the vibrant, canny, assertive young woman who made the most of her looks to obtain access to the good things in life. Like Winston, she seems to be an empty shell of a person, going through the motions of being alive. And like him, she is waiting for the bullet that will end her life one day soon.

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At the end of George Orwell's novel 1984, when Winston Smith is sitting in the Chestnut Tree Cafe, he recalls meeting Julia by accident after their release from the Ministry of Love, "in the Park, on a vile, biting day in March,...." Due to the psychological after-effects of his torture, culminating in his "betrayal" of her when faced with the cage of rats, Winston Smith almost passes her by without recognition, but at the last moment he turns to follow her. She is even more unresponsive than he is, and merely tolerates his presence. She seems to have become physically coarser as well as less responsive. Finally, they find seats and sit down to talk:

'I betrayed you,' she said baldly.
'I betrayed you,' he said.
She gave him another quick look of dislike.
'Sometimes,' she said, 'they threaten you with something -- something you can't stand up to, can't even think about.....'

It is plain that she has been treated the same way that Winston Smith has been, and has also been sent to Room 101, though what her ultimate fear was is never made plain. They admit to each other that their feelings are no longer the same, and even though their last words are a promise to meet again, it is certain that any future meeting will not be on their initiative. They have entirely lost interest in each other.

Julia disappears in the crowd after this, and her ultimate fate is not clear. However, since we know that Winston Smith is marked down for trial and execution some time in the future (perhaps the very near future, since at the end of the novel he has finally managed to love Big Brother), we can plausibly speculate that Julia is being preserved to be a witness or a co-defendant at that future trial, and will be executed after it, just as Winston Smith will be.

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