The Lonely Londoners

by

Sam Selvon

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One of Moses’s friends. Daniel takes great delight in dating white women and paying for them to do extravagant things like go to ballets or fancy destinations throughout London. The narrator notes that “it give [Daniel] a big kick to know that one of the boys could take white girls to them places to listen to classics and see artistic ballet,” even if Moses insists to him that this is an ill-advised use of his money. Unfortunately, Cap takes advantage of Daniel’s desire to impress white women; more than once, he manipulates Daniel into getting involved with women he himself has wronged, doing so with the hopes that Daniel will take the women (and the debts Cap owes them) off his hands.
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Section 3
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...help him stay financially afloat. When this isn’t enough, Cap sends her to his friend Daniel to borrow money, encouraging her to cry hard in front of him because he “can’t... (full context)
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...possibly keep seeing the English woman—who is rich and has expensive taste—he brings her to Daniel, who courts her by taking her to ballets and other fancy events. The English woman... (full context)
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...near strangers get married, but because he has nowhere to live, Cap gives his wife Daniel’s address, claiming it’s his own home. When she arrives at the apartment, Daniel is deeply... (full context)
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Taking Daniel’s money, Cap and his wife rent a hotel room for seven-guinea per night. Luckily, the... (full context)
Section 9
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...the police find her in his [apartment],” he wouldn’t “stand a chance.” At this moment, Daniel rings the doorbell and Moses tells him what’s happened. He then asks Daniel to wait... (full context)
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...progresses, Cap goes home with two women, Bart gets drunk and pines over Beatrice, and Daniel stands at the bar buying drinks for everybody else’s dates. By 10:30, a Jamaican man... (full context)