In 1984, what is the object Winston receives from the girl?

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Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell's 1984, receives a note from a girl who he believes to be a spy. Prior to getting the note, Winston had seen the girl before. After being given the note, Winston is reminded of a dream he had where O'Brien made a statement about them meeting in "place where there is no darkness." Back in reality, Winston is torn. The words on the note confuse and excite Winston greatly. The note has three little words on it: "I love you." On one side, he fears that she is a spy, and he will end up taken by Big Brother. On the other hand, Winston is both curious about and attracted to Julia. His desire to help another person outweighs his fears. Forgoing his fears, Winston agrees to meet Julia.

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