A man named Winston Smith returns to his home, a dilapidated apartment building called Victory Mansions. Thin, frail, and thirty-nine years old, it is painful for him to trudge up the stairs because he has a varicose ulcer above his right ankle.
Winston pulls out a small diary he recently purchased. He found the diary in a secondhand store in the proletarian district. Winston starts writing about O'Brian and a dark haired girl, Winston looks down and realizes that he has written “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” over and over again in his diary.
He has committed thoughtcrime—the most unpardonable crime—and he knows that the Thought Police will seize him sooner or later