1984 – An alternate ending.
(With many thanks to Ayn Rand)
As one might remember, after his crushing experience in the Room 101, Winston once met Julia in the Park. They acknowledged their mutual betrayal, and Julia confirmed to him what he also felt: "And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't really mean it. But it isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there is no other way of saving yourself and you are quite ready to save yourself this way. You want it to happen to other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself." (1)
Winston quite agreed that this definitely changes one's feelings to one another as well. After that, there was not much to be said, so they sat in silence for a while, and than Julia asked casually, just to break it:
"So, what was it they used against you?"
Winston had some difficulties with telling her, but then he managed to whisper the horrible word.
"Rats? Are you afraid of them that much? Now, that's really funny."
"What's so funny about it?"
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