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: 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.).
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.
...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)