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things
They say you can always forget
But the smiles and the tears
across the years
they twist my heartstrings yet.
She's beautiful.
She's a meter across the hips. Easily.
It's her style of beauty.
The future is hers.
We are the dead.
We are the dead.
You are the dead.
Remain exactly where you are.
Make no move until you are ordered.
Now they can see us.
Now we can see you.
Clasp your hands behind your heads.
Stand out in the middle of the room.
Stand back-to-back.
Do not touch one another.
The house is surrounded.
The house is surrounded.
I suppose we may as well say goodbye.
You may as well say goodbye.
While we're on the subject...
"Here comes a candle to light you to bed.
"Here comes a chopper
to chop off your head."
Pick that up.
Thought Police.
6079 Smith. Open your eyes.
Parsons.
Keep away from me, Smith.
I'm an agent of Goldstein.
I didn't know it myself.
Thoughtcrime is so insidious.
It just creeps up on you.
My daughter found it out.
Very proud of her.
Very grateful I've been discovered
before it's too late.
They won't shoot me, will they, Smith?
I know I could be very useful
in a labor camp.
Room 101.
No.
Please, you don't have to take me there.
Why?
There's nothing I won't confess.
Nothing.
I've told you everything already.
What is it you want me to know?
Take him instead of me.
He's the thoughtcriminal. It's him you want.
They got you, too.
They got me a long time ago.
You knew this would happen, Winston.
Don't deceive yourself.
You've always known it.
The photos of you and the girl
will be recycled for proletarian use.
Do you know where you are, Winston?
I don't know.
I can guess.
In the Ministry of Love.
Do you know how long you've been here?
No.
Weeks?
Months?
Do you know why you're here?
Shall I tell you why we brought you here?
To cure you.
To make you sane.
That was 40.
You can see that the numbers
on this dial run up to 100.
Will you please remember
that, during our conversation?
I have it in my power
to inflict pain on you at any time...
and in whatever degree I choose.
You know perfectly well
what is the matter with you, Winston.
You've known it for years, though
you've fought against the knowledge.
You are mentally deranged.
You suffer from a defective memory.
You never tried to cure yourself of it,
because you did not choose to.
It was a small effort of will,
which you were not ready to make.
For example...
which power is Oceania at war with?
Eastasia.
Oceania is at war with Eastasia.
Eastasia.
Good.
And Oceania has always been at war
with Eastasia, has it not?
Tell me what you think you remember.
I remember...
that until only a week
before I was arrested...
we weren't at war with Eastasia at all.
It was Eurasia.
That lasted four years, I think.
Another example.
A serious delusion.
Photographs about which
you've had hallucinations...
which you believed you held in your hand.
They never existed.
Say what you were about to say, Winston.
They exist...
in memory.
I remember.
You remember.
I do not remember.
Only the disciplined mind
can see reality, Winston.
It needs an act of self-destruction...
an effort of the will.
Do you remember writing in your diary:
"Freedom is the freedom to say
two plus two equals four?"
Yes.
How many fingers am I holding up?
Four.
And if the Party says there are not four,
but five, then how many?
Five.
No.
That's no use. You're lying.
How many fingers, please?
Four. What else could I say?
Five, or anything you like.
Will you please stop it?
Stop the pain.
How can I help it?
How can I help
what I see in front of my eyes?
Two and two makes four.
Sometimes, Winston.
Sometimes they are five,
sometimes they are three.
Sometimes they are all of them at once.
Neither the past, nor the present,
nor the future...
exists in its own right.
Reality is in the human mind...
not in the individual mind...
which makes mistakes and soon perishes...
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