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|English to French translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: That was all,and he was already uncertain whether it had happened.|
|That was all,and he was already uncertain whether it had happened.Such incidents never had any sequel.All that they did was to keep alive in him the belief,or hope,that others besides himself were the enemies of the party.Perhaps the rumours of vast underground conspiracies were true after all-perhaps the brotherhood really existed!It was impossible,in spite of the endless arrests and confessions and execution,to be sure that the brotherhood was not simply a myth.Some days he believed on it,some days not.There was no evidence,only fleeting glimpses that might mean anything or nothing:snatches of overhead conversation,faint scribbles on lavatory walls-once,even,when two strangers met,a small movement of the hand which had looked as though it might be a signal of recognition.It was all guess-work:very likely he had imagined everything.He had gone back to his cubicle without looking at O'brien again.The idea of following up their momentary contact hardly crossed his mind.It would have been inconceivably dangerous even if he had known how to set about doing it.For a second,two seconds,They had exchanged an equivocal glance,and that was the end of the story.But even that was a memorable event,in the locked loneliness in which one had to live.|
His eyes re-focused on the page.He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing he had also been writing as though by automatic action.And it was no longer the same cramped,awkward handwriting as before.His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper,printing in large neat capitals-
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
over and over again,filling half a page.
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