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Room 101
Source: 1984 by George Orwell Editor: tallman
Info: In the Ministry of Love, there is a room, number 101, in which prisoners are "cured" of their thought crimes. It is many meters underground, "as deep down as it was possible to go." The room is larger than most cells, and it contains the worst thing in the world. "The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual. It may be burial alive, or death by fire, or by drowning, or by impalement, or fifty other deaths. There are cases where it is some quite trivial thing, not even fatal." It is thought that, when faced with the worst thing in the world, the subject will involuntarily do what is required of it. "Courage and cowardice are not involved If you are falling from a height it is not cowardly to clutch at a rope. If you come up from deep water it is not cowardly to fill your lungs with air. It is merely an instinct which cannot be disobeyed."

In the book 1984, the protagonist, Winston, is taken to Room 101, where he is confronted with his greatest fear: rats. His face is placed in a cage with rats until his will is broken and he gives in. 2 + 2 = 5.
Further Reading: 1984 by George Orwell

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