The Russian owner of the Auberge de Jehan Cottard (a Norman-themed restaurant), the Patron is fattish, well dressed, and smells of cologne. He longs to play golf and bores Orwell with talk of the sport. An incompetent cheat, his demeanor is both shifty and aristocratic. He repeatedly lies to Orwell and Boris about the restaurant’s impending opening in order to trick them into helping renovate the building for free. He keeps company with mobsters and he bribes industry insiders to keep his restaurant open.
The Patron Quotes in Down and Out in Paris and London
The Down and Out in Paris and London quotes below are all either spoken by The Patron or refer to The Patron. 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.).
Chapter 9 Quotes
Appearance—appearance is everything, mon ami. Give me a new suit and I will borrow a thousand francs by dinner-time.
The Patron Character Timeline in Down and Out in Paris and London
The timeline below shows where the character The Patron appears in Down and Out in Paris and London. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...cook weeps because there is not enough equipment for her to feed the customers. The patron and his wife, meanwhile, drink with their creditors, and in the morning the narrator and... (full context)