Down and Out in Paris and London


George Orwell

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An Armenian Doorkeeper Character Analysis

The doorkeeper at the Hotel X, he cheats Orwell out of part of his wages. He is perhaps the most glaring instance of Orwell’s racism. Orwell writes, “After knowing him I saw the force of the proverb, ‘Trust a snake before a Jew and a Jew before a Greek, but do not trust an Armenian.’”
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An Armenian Doorkeeper Character Timeline in Down and Out in Paris and London

The timeline below shows where the character An Armenian Doorkeeper appears in Down and Out in Paris and London. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Poverty as Prison Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
Distrust of the Other Theme Icon steal something at one time or another. They’re either thieves or potential thieves. The Armenian doorkeeper , who gives out wages, regularly pockets a portion of people’s pay. Orwell doesn’t discover... (full context)