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It describes Winston eating synthesized food – including black bread, bitter chocolate, and fake saccharine – that is rationed out by the Party. He also drinks industrial grade Victory Gin and smokes Victory Cigarettes.
Lunch hour at Winston's place of work was in a low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground. On the tray was dumped the regulation lunch - pinkish-grey stew, a hunk of bread, a cube of cheese, a mug of milkless VICTORY COFFEE, and one saccharine tablet. Had food always tasted like this? Had it always been like this - bent spoons, dented trays, coarse white mugs; all surfaces greasy; grime in every crack; and a sourish, composite smell of bad gin and bad coffee and metallic stew and dirty clothes.
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