I read the paragraph below and I am not sure why we have "were" instead of "are", when the writer is talking about children "nowadays".
Is it because he is talking hypothetically about the future? Can somebody help me out?
With those children, he thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror. Another year, two years, and they would be watching her night and day for symptoms of unorthodoxy. Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the party.