But when Winston glanced again at Rutherford’s ruinous face, he saw that his eyes were full of tears.
He seemed to see a vision of London, vast and ruinous, city of a million dustbins, and mixed up with it was a picture of Mrs Parsons, a woman with lined face and wispy hair, fiddling helplessly with a blocked waste-pipe.
That was in another hidlng-place known to Julia, the belfry of a ruinous church in an almost-deserted stretch of country where an atomic bomb had fallen thirty years earlier.
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It was a ruinous war.
He gave notes, took up ruinous obligations, dealt with usurers and all the race of lenders.