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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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scarcity
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another.
  • And though, of course, it grew worse as one’s body aged, was it not a sign that this was not the natural order of things, if one’s heart sickened at the discomfort and dirt and scarcity, the interminable winters, the stickiness of one’s socks, the lifts that never worked, the cold water, the gritty soap, the cigarettes that came to pieces, the food with its strange evil tastes?

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  • There is a scarcity of work in the region.
  • Work is scarce in the region.

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