Also referred to in the text as a “spike,” casual wards are prison-like London homeless shelters where men are given food and a room for the night, sometimes in return for manual labor. Orwell meets Paddy Jacques in a London casual ward and the two become traveling companions for a time. The casual wards are, in Orwell’s opinion, needlessly cruel and uncomfortable. Men are allowed only a night’s stay in each ward, so they must hike long distances to different spikes, thereby prolonging their misery and the pointless effort required to maintain their daily lives.
Casual Ward Quotes in Down and Out in Paris and London
The Down and Out in Paris and London quotes below are all either spoken by Casual Ward or refer to Casual Ward. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 30 Quotes
Casual Ward Term Timeline in Down and Out in Paris and London
The timeline below shows where the term Casual Ward appears in Down and Out in Paris and London. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Orwell decides to go in search of someone who might know something about the nearest casual ward , or prison-like homeless shelter. He runs into an old Irishman who invites him to... (full context)
...inquiries. Take, for instance, the idea that tramps are monsters. If they were dangerous, would casual ward s admit them by the hundreds every night? Rather than hardened criminals, tramps are, in... (full context)