Down and Out in Paris and London

by

George Orwell

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Valenti Character Analysis

Valenti is a 24 year-old waiter with whom Orwell works at the Hotel X. He is kind, handsome, and has worked his way up from the gutter. Once, on the verge of starvation, Valenti prayed to what he thought was a picture of a saint for enough money for food. The picture turned out to be of a prostitute.
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Valenti Character Timeline in Down and Out in Paris and London

The timeline below shows where the character Valenti appears in Down and Out in Paris and London. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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Orwell’s best days at the hotel are those he spends working with Valenti, a kind, handsome Italian who worked his way up from the gutter. His worst days... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...serve and begin to think of themselves on their level, even though most die poor. Valenti proves this point by recounting to the narrator a splendid meal he served in Nice,... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Valenti tells Orwell the story of the five days when he went without food. His story... (full context)
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At that moment, Maria, a peasant girl living in Valenti’s hotel, comes to visit and exclaims at his corpse-like appearance. He challenges her to find... (full context)
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Valenti eats and drinks, is immediately revived, and wants a cigarette. He has just enough change... (full context)