Winston sits in a holding cell with white walls, no windows, and a high roof. He isn't sure where he is, yet suspect that it is the Ministry of Love. The room is loaded up with light, and there is a low sound that Winston thinks is originating from the air system. A seat circles the outside of the room, there is a telescreen on every one of the four walls, and a toilet sits in one corner. Winston is hungry and can’t remember the last time he ate anything, or even when he was captured. Maybe one day, maybe two. He endeavors to sit as still as he can to maintain a strategic distance from the voices behind the telescreen, yet in the wake of remembering that he may have a morsel of food in his pocket, he gives in to temptation. Promptly, the voice behind the telescreen screams, "Smith! 6079 Smith W.! Hands out of pockets in the cells!" Winston obeys.
O'Brien compels Winston to look at his exposed body in a mirror. Winston is astonished to see his dim, powerless, bowed body. He is skinny, halfway bare, and his body is covered with endless scars. He can scarcely recognize himself. O'Brien mocks his appearance, demonstrating to him how he is diminishing very quickly, and even removing one of his remaining teeth. Winston collapses, and O'Brien guarantees him that he can escape from this situation if he so chooses. Winston declines to acknowledge defeat, guaranteeing that despite everything, he has not abandoned his love for Julia. Winston seeks to know when he will be shot, and O'Brien says it may be quite a while, inevitably, it will happen.