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    • A Pot of Cyclamen

    • Life ; Philosophy
    • The author purchases a pot of bright flame-coloured flowers to help lessen the austerity of the grey London weather, and to remind him of his home country where the landscape seems eternally drenched in sunlight. This simple act affords him the...
    • Another day

    • City and town life ; Death ; Nationalism
    • The author describes a series of events that makes up a typical day in the city such as a bus catching fire; a group of high-brows debating whether there is any real West Indian culture; ordinary workmen recently paid going off in the hills to...
    • Arabian night in Soho

    • Soho (London, England) ; Nightlife
    • With a group of friends, the writer listens to one of them describe his exploits in Soho where he has been researching its picturesque nightlife. But the author has his own dreamlike memories of Soho which he is unwilling to share with others.
    • Background to Arthur

    • Best friends ; Biographical fiction
    • The author recalls the life story of his best friend, Arthur, who grew up in a church orphanage that believed in raising “ children on religion and starvation”. The harsh cruelty with which he was treated as a child and later hardships in life did...
    • Barometer falling

    • Interpersonal relations; Women
    • The author gives a bird’s eye view of life among a variety of people on a given day and concludes with the story of Connie whose dog had bitten her friend’s child. Every day Connie feared the child’s mother would confront her with a medical bill,...
    • Behind your smokescreen

    • Man-woman relationships ; Marriage
    • The author, in providing guidance to young women on how to choose a reliable marriage partner, puts forward his theory of how one can judge a person’s character by the way he smokes. He describes the different types of male smokers, their likely...
    • Behind your smokescreen

    • Man-woman relationships ; Marriage
    • The author, in providing guidance to young women on how to choose a reliable marriage partner, puts forward his theory of how one can judge a person’s character by the way he smokes. He describes the different types of male smokers, their likely...
    • City stricken to the bone

    • Hurricanes ; Social classes ; City and town life
    • The author presents a microcosm of city life including : “wealthy bourgeoisie” who lives uptown; the “ pale stenographer in the administrative office; men and women living in “teeming shacks”; and “the… vice-ridden, violent myrmidons and the poor...
    • Consider the limpet

    • Interpersonal relations ; Boarding houses - Fiction
    • The author presents an unfiltered observation of the minutiae of daily life around him. This includes his landlady complaining about the meter, the dog waiting to be walked, Anita talking to the parrot, Mr. Zacca coming down late to breakfast and...
    • Consider the limpet

    • Interpersonal relations ; Boarding houses - Fiction
    • The author presents an unfiltered observation of the minutiae of daily life around him. This includes his landlady complaining about the meter, the dog waiting to be walked, Anita talking to the parrot, Mr. Zacca coming down late to breakfast and...
    • Consider the screever

    • Biographical fiction
    • The author explains how he came to give up his “… comparatively secure and carefree life of a screever ( a pavement artist)” to become a scribe – one who writes little pieces for the newspaper. None of this would have happened if he had not been...
    • Consider the screever

    • Biographical fiction
    • The author explains how he came to give up his “… comparatively secure and carefree life of a screever ( a pavement artist)” to become a scribe – one who writes little pieces for the newspaper. None of this would have happened if he had not been...
    • Dateline London

    • Immigrants - Great Britain ; London (England) - Social conditions
    • The author presents his own perception of London, a city of contrasts where he saw so many things he had only read about. Recently arrived from Jamaica, he found the British helpful and courteous, and his encounter with people of so many different...
    • Face

    • Children ; Interpersonal relations
    • The author recounts an experience he had travelling on a tram-car when a woman was offended because another passenger refuses to let her child sit next to her. The offended woman curses the other in no uncertain terms, while the mother and her...

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