There were also memories of another kind. They stood out in his mind disconnectedly, like pictures with blackness all round them.

He was in a cell which might have been either dark or light, because he could see nothing except a pair of eyes. Near at hand some kind of instrument was ticking slowly and regularly. The eyes grew larger and more luminous. Suddenly he floated out of his seat, dived into the eyes, and was swallowed up.

He was strapped into a chair surrounded by dials, under dazzling lights. A man in a white coat was reading the dials. There was a tramp of heavy boots outside. The door clanged open. The waxed-faced officer marched in, followed by two guards.

'Room 101,' said the officer.

The man in the white coat did not turn round. He did not look at Winston either; he was looking only at the dials.

He was rolling down a mighty corridor, a kilometre wide, full of glorious, golden light, roaring with laughter and shouting out confessions at the top of his voice. He was confessing everything, even the things he had succeeded in holding back under the torture. He was relating the entire history of his life to an audience who knew it already. With him were the guards, the other questioners, the men in white coats, O'Brien, Julia, Mr Charrington, all rolling down the corridor together and shouting with laughter. Some dreadful thing which had lain embedded in the future had somehow been skipped over and had not happened. Everything was all right, there was no more pain, the last detail of his life was laid bare, understood, forgiven.

What is the ticking instrument, and why is he swallowed up into a pair of eyes? Why is Julia and Mr Charrington with him and what is the dreadful thing that was skipped over?

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    Instead of asking us to do all the work, it would be better if you edited your question to provide your own interpretation (even a basic one would be ok) and ask if you're on the right track. Or, ask specific questions about particular phrases that you don't understand. PS - welcome to Literature.SE. I'm looking forward to your more detailed question :-) – Chappo Aug 15 '18 at 5:38
  • Welcome to Literature SE! Please could you edit your post to clarify your specific problem, e.g. which particular parts of this passage you're having difficulty understanding? If you can narrow down the question a little, we can get it reopened and answered. Thanks! :-) – Rand al'Thor Aug 15 '18 at 12:02
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    Thanks for editing! I've voted to reopen now that the question is clear enough to be answerable. We need to wait for enough others to agree with my vote. By the way, @hellish, it looks like you've created a second account - please check these instructions for merging your two accounts, which will enable you to make further edits without review and to mark an answer as correct. – Rand al'Thor Aug 15 '18 at 22:19

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