1984 (1984) Poster


David Trevena: Tillotson's Friend


  • Winston Smith : How's the Newspeak Committee?

    Syme : Working overtime. Plusbig waste is in adjectives. Plusbig waste is timing the language to scientific advance.

    Winston Smith : Yes...

    Syme : It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick.

    [illustrates thickness with fingers] 

    Syme : The 11th Edition will be that

    [narrows fingers] 

    Syme : thick.

    Winston Smith : So, the Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect?

    Syme : The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here

    [the larynx] 

    Syme : , not from here

    [the brain] 

    Syme : .

    Tillotson's Friend : [leans over from another table]  Excuse me for intruding. But what you're saying is that we should be rid of the last vestiges of Goldsteinism when the language has been cleaned. I couldn't be more in agreement with you, brother.

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