Why is a person safer in the country than in London?

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In "1984" by George Orwell, Winston and Julia make plans to meet.  Julia gives Winston directions that take them out of the city and into the country.  The people are less likely to be spied upon in the country because it is difficult to set up cameras and spying devices in the woods and fields.  It is true that they might be followed, but generally speaking the freedom is greater, and privacy is more likely in the country.  In the city of London, no matter where the people went there were listening and viewing devices.  Winston states that he is "never alone."  When Julia and Winston go to visit O'Brien they are amazed when he turns the viewer off.  O'Brien explains that he, as an inner party member, can turn it off for short periods of time. 

Julia and Winston are able to make love in the country setting without being spied upon, but Julia tells Winston they probably can't return to the same spot next time because of the chances of being caught.  They move around quite a bit when meeting and when they finally do start to meet on a regular basis in the apartment on Charrington, they get caught because of the man who owns the building and the hidden viewer screen behind the picture.

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