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By George Orwell

George Bowling, the hero of this comedian novel, is a middle-aged coverage salesman who lives in a typical English suburban row apartment with a spouse and little ones. in the future, after successful a few cash from a raffle, he is going again to the village the place he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he recalls from thirty years prior to. The pool, unfortunately, is long past, the village has replaced past popularity, and the relevant occasion of his vacation is an unintended bombing by means of the RAF.

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It puzzled me as a kid. Shot I could understand, but it produced a queer picture in my mind to think of cockle-shells flying through the air. When Mafeking was relieved the people nearly yelled the roof off, and there were at any rate times when they believed the tales about the Boers chucking babies into the air and skewering them on their bayonets. ' after him that towards the end of the war he shaved his beard off. The people's attitude towards the Government was really the same. They were all true-blue Englishmen and swore that Vicky was the best queen that ever lived and foreigners were dirt, but at the same time nobody ever thought of paying a tax, not even a dog-licence, if there was any way of dodging it.

In the middle of the market-place there was the stone horse-trough, and on top of the water there was always a fine film of dust and chaff. Before the war, and especially before the Boer War, it was summer all the year round. I'm quite aware that that's a delusion. I'm merely trying to tell you how things come back to me. If I shut my eyes and think of Lower Binfield any time before I was, say, eight, it's always in summer weather that I remember it. Either it's the market-place at dinner-time, with a sort of sleepy dusty hush over everything and the carrier's horse with his nose dug well into his nose-bag, munching away, or it's a hot afternoon in the great green juicy meadows round the town, or it's about dusk in the lane behind the allotments, and there's a smell of pipe-tobacco and nightstocks floating through the hedge.

She'd have had a fit if she'd seen Father or anyone else of the male sex trying to sew on a button for himself. So far as the meals and so forth went, ours was one of those houses where everything goes like clockwork. Or no, not like clockwork, which suggests something mechanical. It was more like some kind of natural process.

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