When Julia tells Winston of her love of him through the note, how is she so sure? Is it one another they love, or the love of love itself? She has never met, or spoken to before. They only see one another, so how is she so certain? By just an expression on his face that is different, she is sure she loves him, he feels the same and is quick to grasp the concept. This confuses me, and though I know they are unrealistic circumstances, I still don't understand.

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Julia is certain that she "loves" Winston as much as anyone can know anything in Oceania--what the face reveals about such things. Julia has been referred to as rebelling against Big Brother from he waist down, so we don't really know if Julia's love is authentic or not. What we do know is that each choose to break the law and carry out a clandestine sexual relationship--enough of an admission of "love" as anything in such a dictatorial and harsh regime. It may be that they love the idea of love itself or they love the idea of sneaking around and breaking the law. We cannot really know for certain.

Sometimes, the eyes can communicate attraction and desire. Perhaps Winston and Julia are instantly smitten as in "love at first sight." It seems out of place in such a pessimistic novel, but....

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