What is the significance of the dark-haired girl behind Winston at the movies in Chapter 1 of 1984? 

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At eleven hundred hours in the Records Department of the Ministry where Winston works rewriting history, everyone stops what he or she is doing and pulls a chair out of the cubicle.They place it in the hall in anticipation of the Two Minutes Hate, a propaganda film that generates castigations and invectives for Emmanuel Goldstein, "the Enemy of the People." As he takes his seat, Winston sees two people whom he knows only by sight, a dark-haired girl who wears the emblem of the Junior Anti-Sex League and works in the Records Department, and a man named O'Brien, a member of the inner party.

As it turns out, these two people will be the main players in the largest drama of his life. For, the dark-haired girl is named Julia; she touches his hand later in the narrative and, ironically becomes his lover, perhaps, more in defiance than because of physical attraction. With this first encounter, there is foreshadowing of their tenuous relationships in an unstable and false world. For, Julia, who becomes Winston's lover and breaks the social rules with him, providing him some solace from the emptiness and falsity of life, later betrays him as he does her. Human frailty cannot endure in a doublethink and doublespeak world.