George Orwell quote about weakness from 1984 - It was like trying to make a move at chess when you were already mated.
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It was like trying to make a move at chess when you were already mated.
 George Orwell, 1984 (1949). copy citation

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Author George Orwell
Source 1984
Topic weakness defeat chess
Date 1949
Language English
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Weblink http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100021.txt

Context

“A kind of fever seized him at the thought that he might lose her, the white youthful body might slip away from him! What he feared more than anything else was that she would simply change her mind if he did not get in touch with her quickly. But the physical difficulty of meeting was enormous. It was like trying to make a move at chess when you were already mated. Whichever way you turned, the telescreen faced you. Actually, all the possible ways of communicating with her had occurred to him within fiveminutes of reading the note; but now, with time to think, he went over them one by one, as though laying out a row of instruments on a table.” source

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