1984 (literature) 170 - ready to save yourself that way You...

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ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself.’ ’All you care about is yourself,’ he echoed. ’And after that, you don’t feel the same towards the other person any longer.’ ’No,’ he said, ’you don’t feel the same.’ There did not seem to be anything more to say. The wind plastered their thin overalls against their bodies. Almost at once it became embarrassing to sit there in silence: besides, it was too cold to keep still. She said something about catching her Tube and stood up to go. ’We must meet again,’ he said. ’Yes,’ she said, ’we must meet again. ’ He followed irresolutely for a little distance, half a pace behind her. They did not speak again. She did not actually try to shake him off, but walked at just such a speed as to prevent his keeping abreast of her. He had made up his mind that he would accompany her as far as the Tube station, but suddenly this process of trailing along in the cold seemed pointless and unbearable. He
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