Down and Out in Paris and London


George Orwell

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Mario Character Analysis

Mario is a waiter at the Hotel X who has fourteen years of experience. A huge, excitable Italian, he conducts all of his duties with aplomb, even singing bits from “Rigoletto” as he works. Unlike many of the men Orwell works with at the Hotel X, Mario is model of debrouillard, or resourcefulness.
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Mario Character Timeline in Down and Out in Paris and London

The timeline below shows where the character Mario appears in Down and Out in Paris and London. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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Poverty is Unnecessary Theme Icon
...correct down to the last lump of sugar. He works in the basement with Boris, Mario, and Magyar. With fourteen years of experience as a water, Mario is a master at... (full context)
Chapter 16
Poverty as Prison Theme Icon
Honesty Does Not Pay Theme Icon
Thanks to Mario, Orwell finally has a cure for bugs. He spreads pepper thickly over his bed and... (full context)