By George Orwell
"The maximum author of the 20th century." — Observer
Based on his event as a policeman in Burma, George Orwell's first novel offers a devastating photograph of British colonial rule. It describes corruption and imperial bigotry in a society the place, 'after all, natives have been natives – attention-grabbing, without doubt, yet ultimately . . . an inferior people'.
When Flory, a white bushes service provider, befriends Indian Dr Veraswami, he defies this orthodoxy. The health practitioner is at risk: U Po Kyin, a corrupt Justice of the Peace, is plotting his downfall. the single factor which may shop him is club of the all-white membership, and Flory will help. Flory's existence is modified extra through the coming of gorgeous Elizabeth Lackersteen from Paris, who bargains an get away from loneliness and the 'lie' of colonial existence.
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He had that kind of shallow black eye—I want a better word to express an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into—which, when it is abstracted, seems, from some peculiarity of light, to be disfigured, for a moment at a time, by a cast. Several times, when I glanced at him, I observed that appearance with a sort of awe, and wondered what he was thinking about so closely. His hair and whiskers were blacker and thicker, looked at so near, than even I had given them credit for being. A squareness about the lower part of his face, and the dotted indication of the strong black beard he shaved close every day, reminded me of the wax-work that had travelled into our neighbourhood some half a year before.
Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss—for as to sherry, my poor dear mother’s own sherry was in the market then—and ten years afterwards the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings. I was present myself, and I remember to have felt quite uncomfortable and confused at a part of myself being disposed of in that way. The caul was won, I recollect, by an old lady with a hand-basket, who, very reluctantly, produced from it the stipulated five shillings, all in halfpence, and twopence halfpenny short—as it took an immense time and a great waste of arithmetic to endeavour without any effect to prove to her.
I have no doubt it will be a girl. I have a presentiment that it must be a girl. Now, child, from the moment of the birth of this girl—” “Perhaps boy,” my mother took the liberty of putting in. “I tell you I have a presentiment that it must be a girl,” returned Miss Betsey. “Don’t contradict. From the moment of this girl’s birth, child, I intend to be her friend. I intend to be her godmother, and I beg you’ll call her Betsey Trotwood Copperfield. There must be no mistakes in life with this Betsey Trotwood.