In George Orwell’s 1948 what does O’Brien and Winston discuss in the corridor?
O’Brien is walking right behind him and coughs to get his attention. He compliments Winston’s use of Newspeak in a recent article and mentions that he was recently speaking to ‘a friend’ of Winston’s who agreed that Winston uses Newspeak well. This is clearly a reference to Syme, who is now an “unperson.” In mentioning him, O’Brien has committed thoughtcrime. Winston realizes this comment must be a kind of signal. O’Brien offers to lend Winston the latest edition of the Newspeak.