Chapter 3

           Winstonwasdreamingofhismother. 

           Hemust,hethought,havebeentenorelevenyearsoldwhenhismotherhaddisappeared. Shewasatall,statuesque,rathersilentwomanwithslowmovementsandmagnificentfairhair. Hisfatherherememberedmorevaguelyasdarkandthin,dressedalwaysinneatdarkclothes(Winstonrememberedespeciallytheverythinsolesofhisfather’sshoes)andwearingspectacles. Thetwoofthemmustevidentlyhavebeenswallowedupinoneofthefirstgreatpurgesofthefifties. 

           Atthismomenthismotherwassittinginsomeplacedeepdownbeneathhim,withhisyoungsisterinherarms. Hedidnotrememberhissisteratall,exceptasatiny,feeblebaby,alwayssilent,withlarge,watchfuleyes. Bothofthemwerelookingupathim. Theyweredowninsomesubterraneanplacethebottomofawell,forinstance,oraverydeepgravebutitwasaplacewhich,alreadyfarbelowhim,wasitselfmovingdownwards. Theywereinthesaloonofasinkingship,lookingupathimthroughthedarkeningwater. Therewasstillairinthesaloon,theycouldstillseehimandhethem,butallthewhiletheyweresinkingdown,downintothegreenwaterswhichinanothermomentmusthidethemfromsightforever. Hewasoutinthelightandairwhiletheywerebeingsuckeddowntodeath,andtheyweredowntherebecausehewasuphere. Heknewitandtheyknewit,andhecouldseetheknowledgeintheirfaces. Therewasnoreproacheitherintheirfacesorintheirhearts,onlytheknowledgethattheymustdieinorderthathemightremainalive,andthatthiswaspartoftheunavoidableorderofthings. 

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