But I tell you I don't care. I don't want the women, I don't even want to be young again. I only want to be alive. And I was alive that moment when I stood looking at the primroses and the red embers under the hedge. It's a feeling inside you, a kind of peaceful feeling, and yet it's like a flame. —George Orwell,Coming Up for Air (1939)
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Kogan, S. In celebration of George Orwell on the fiftieth anniversary of “politics and the English language”. Academic Questions 10, 13–30 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12129-996-1005-9