By Hurricane Rina McCoy – Crooked County Crooks Editor/Editor Edison – CalPatty Press Editor/Free Bird – Reporter for the Revenge of the Ghost Wolf Website
After snapping out of a DAY DREAM, Gerry Hough prosecutor for Crooked County, West Virginia, finds that he has written the sentence: “Down with THE GILMER FREE PRESS” all over the page. The same night HOUGH dreams about his mother and sister, who starved to death in the South Carolina, because he had been so greedy, after stealing all of his father’s money.
Then the Crooked County Prosecutor dreams of having sex with a girl he has seen in the Records Department, at the college where he teaches that takes almost all of his time — taken up during the Two hour lectures of Hate presented twice a day at the college.
Early in the morning, before school, Gerry Hough is woken by the harsh voice from the telescreen. It’s time for his early morning routine. During the performance of the physical exercises, Hough’s thoughts move back to his childhood. The last thing he remembers clearly is the War in Viet Nam and how he loved the HORROR of it all.
Now that Hough is under constant threat of being confronted on any given day or any given hour, by the underground SS for his crimes, it has been difficult to remember anything, because the CROOKS from CROOKED COUNTY changes history constantly to their own benefit via the Doublethink – Political System!
After the exercises HOUGH goes to work at the Crooked County Courthouse Ministry of Crooked Truth, where his job is to alter records, and once altered, to throw them into the Memory Hole where they are burnt.
For example the CHURCH OF IKE has promised that there will be no reduction of the ration of LORTAB and COCAINE to the workers and employee’s, but there has been one, so Gerry Hough has to rewrite an old article written by Cassandra Huff which now needed some fluff to trick the minds of the people by using the HATE SITE that was overlooked by the last complaint made against him by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
At dinner GERRY HOUGH meets Syme, a philologist, who is working on the 11th edition of The Newspeak Dictionary from the Newspeak – Political System. Everyone must learn the pledge. Make This Pledge: War is peace. Slavery is freedom. Ignorance is strength. Syme explains the Omnipotent Poobah is IKE MORRIS which is included in their work on this dictionary. During their conversation the CHURCH of IKE announces that the COCAINE ration has been increased to 7 grams a week, whereas yesterday it was cut down to 7 grams a week.
HOUGH wonders whether he’s the only person with memory who isn’t inflicted with Doublethink. As he looks around in the dining room he catches the eye of the dark-haired girl he had dreamed of the same night. Back home again he makes an entry in his diary about his meeting with a prostitute three years ago. He remembers her ugliness, but nevertheless he had sex with her, and he remembered, she was once his student, but not a very good one, for he taught college in the afternoon after his duties at Ministry of Crooked Truth high on the hill over looking the entire town and the Crooked River far below!
HOUGH had a wife, her name is TAMARA, but she was very stupid and just following the orders of the Party of the CHURCH of IKE, which said that there may only be sex to produce “New material” for the CHURCH of IKE Party, and that sex for personal pleasure is a crime once married.
When Gerry leaves the college he suddenly meets the dark-haired girl in the street. He now believes that this girl is an amateur spy or even a member of the SECRET SEVEN, spying on him.
The next morning, by some divine miracle or coincidental collision he meets the girl in the Ministry of Crooked Truth, and in the moment she passes, she falls down and cries out in pain, looking up at him with wonderment, at seeing him there.
“When Gerry helps her up, she presses a piece of paper into his hand. At the first opportunity he opens it and finds the startling message: “I love you” written on it!”
For a week he waits for an opportunity to speak with her. Finally he is successful, and he meets her in the canteen where they fix a meeting. Sometime later they meet at the fixed place, and there the girl gives Gerry precise instructions how to get to a secret place on Sunday.
It is Sunday, and Gerry is following the girl’s directions. On the way he picks some bluebells for her, and little did he know she had something for his blue balls in exchange. And then finally she comes up behind him, telling him to be quiet because there might be Secret Seven Coalition microphones hidden somewhere. They kiss and he learns her name: Julia.
She leads him to another place where they cannot be observed. Before she takes off her blue party-overall, Julia tells Gerry that she is attracted to him because of something in his face which shows that he could never be against the CHURCH of IKE, and Julia liked challenges! In fact she loved them and men!
“Gerry is surprised and asks Julia if she has done such a thing before. To his delight she tells him that she has done it scores of times, which fills him with a great hope. Evidence of corruption and abandon always gives him a sense of well being and hope, for corruption is just and everyday part of life for Gerry Hough! Corruption and secular abandon is what feeds his lust for the forbidden sex he knows he needs to feel alive!”
Perhaps the whole system is rotten and he will have himself a big piece of it one day. The more men she has had, the more he loves her, and later as he looks at her sleeping body, he thinks that now even sex is a political act, a blow against the falseness of the CHURCH of IKE!
Gerry and Julia arrange to meet again. Gerry rents the room above Mr Corcoran’s propaganda newspaper, a place where they can meet and talk without the fear of being observed.
It is summer and the preparations for “Hate Week”, an enormous propaganda event, are well forthcoming, and during this time Gerry meets Julia more often than ever before. Julia makes him feel more alive, and they have sex over and over, and he never knows that Julia is really his daughter from a politically incestuous relationship of his past with a prostitute provided for him by the Governor of West Virginia, a gift for some Dirty Deeds that were Done Dirt Cheap!