Down and Out in Paris and London

by

George Orwell

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Charlie Character Analysis

A young, shiftless man from a respectable family who, like Orwell, lives at the Hotel des Trois Moineaux. Charlie characterizes his savage rape of a young prostitute as the day he discovered the true nature of love. During the rape, Charlie considers murdering the young woman and only refrains out of fear of the law. To Charlie, love is brutal, unsatisfying, and over in a moment. Orwell describes him as pink-faced and pig-like with abnormally short arms, and lips “excessively red and wet, like cherries.”

Charlie Quotes in Down and Out in Paris and London

The Down and Out in Paris and London quotes below are all either spoken by Charlie or refer to Charlie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Poverty as Prison Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of Down and Out in Paris and London published in 1972.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Ah, the poverty, the shortness, the disappointment of human joy!

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Young prostitute
Related Symbols: The Color Red
Page Number: 15
Explanation and Analysis:
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Charlie Character Timeline in Down and Out in Paris and London

The timeline below shows where the character Charlie appears in Down and Out in Paris and London. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Poverty as Prison Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
...public love-making. On this particular visit, Orwell and a small audience hear a story that Charlie, a dissolute and pig-like young man from a well-off family, tells about the happiest day... (full context)
Poverty as Prison Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
Charlie even considers murdering the young woman to prolong his pleasure, but he refrains because he... (full context)
Chapter 18
Poverty as Opportunity Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
Charlie, the piggish young man who spent the happiest day of his life raping a prostitute... (full context)
Poverty as Opportunity Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
The woman, reluctant at first, eventually allowed Charlie to stuff her dress with pillows and she went to the hospital where they fed... (full context)
Chapter 23
Poverty as Prison Theme Icon
Poverty as Opportunity Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
...beer at the Auberge, and saying his goodbyes. On his rounds, he meets up with Charlie, who tells him the story of Roucolle the miser. Orwell doubts the tale’s veracity, but... (full context)