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Winston remembered his father disappeared.
His father had disappeared some time earlier, how much earlier he could not remember.
After his father's disappearance his mother became a different women. She was "spiritless."
She seemed to have become completely spiritless.
The family lived in a small apartment and didn't have enough food. His sister was sickly. One day, they were given a chocolate ration, and Winston took off because he didn't want to share, even though he got the bigger piece. When he got home, his mother had disappeared, and he was alone.