Seeing starvation, beating, & mangling, Winston hopes dearly that the Brotherhood will send him a razorblade with which he might commit suicide. His dreams of the Brotherhood are wrecked when O'Brien, his hoped-for link to the rebellion, enters his cell. Winston cries out, "They've got you too!" To which O'Brien replies, "They got me long ago," & identifies himself as an operative of the Ministry of Love. O'Brien asserts that Winston has known O'Brien was an operative all along, & Winston admits that this is true. A guard smashes Winston's elbow, & Winston thinks that no one can become a hero in the face of physical pain because it is too much to endure.