Brittany Jansen edited the characters of 1984 Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
see Brittany Jansen’s edits | report abuse
- Edited the spoiler-free description of Julia:
Winston's female companion, and only real friend. She was a bold-looking girl with thick hair, a freckled face, and swift, athletic movements. Except for her mouth, you could not call her beautiful. Julia was twenty-six years old. She lived in a hostel with thirty other girls (“Always in the stink of women! How I hate women!” she said parenthetically), and she worked on the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department. She enjoyed her work, which consisted chiefly in running and servicing a powerful but tricky electric motor. She was “not clever”, but was fond of using her hands and felt at home with machinery. She could describe the whole process of composing a novel, from the general directive issued by the Planning Committee down to the final touching-up by the Rewrite Squad. But she was not interested in the finished product. She “didn’t much care for reading,” she said. Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces. She had no memories of anything before the early sixties and the only person she had ever known who talked frequently of the days before the Revolution was a grandfather who had disappeared when she was eight. At school she had been captain of the hockey team and had won the gymnastics trophy two years running. She had been a troop-leader in the Spies and a branch secretary in the Youth League before joining the Junior Anti-Sex League. She had always borne an excellent character. She had even (an infallible mark of good reputation) been picked out to work in Pornosec, the sub-section of the Fiction Department which turned out cheap pornography for distribution among the proles. There she had remained for a year, helping to produce booklets in sealed packets with titles like “Spanking Stories” or “One Night in a Girls’ School”, to be bought furtively by proletarian youths who were under the impression that they were buying something illegal. She had had her first love-affair when she was sixteen, with a Party member of sixty.how did she ever come to exist?