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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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ration
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • 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.

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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.

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