All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working-hours or shorter rations.
Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week.
All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.
With the tobacco ration at 100 grammes a week it was seldom possible to fill a pipe to the top.
The new ration did not start till tomorrow and he had only four cigarettes left.
It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grammes a week.
And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week.
As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ’categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984.
And sure enough, following on a gory description of the annihilation of a Eurasian army, with stupendous figures of killed and prisoners, came the announcement that, as from next week, the chocolate ration would be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty.
The eyeless creature at the other table swallowed it fanatically, passionately, with a furious desire to track down, denounce, and vaporize anyone who should suggest that last week the ration had been thirty grammes.
One day a chocolate-ration was issued.
Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card.
There are no more uses of "ration" in the book.
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Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
During the Second World War, most commodities were rationed, so more resources could be devoted to the war effort.