The Lonely Londoners


Sam Selvon

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A newspaper reporter Moses talks to at Waterloo Station who asks why so many Jamaicans are coming to London. Later, when Tanty Bessy arrives, he asks her the same question, eventually taking her photograph and using it in an article with the headline “Now, Jamaican Families Come to Britain” which runs the following day.
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As Moses waits for the train, a reporter approaches and asks him if he’s just arrived from Jamaica. Lying, Moses says that he... (full context)
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Moses is disappointed to lose the reporter’s interest, since he rarely gets the opportunity to express his ideas. Once, though, a reporter... (full context)
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...“But ma you don’t know what you put yourself in,” Tolroy says. Just then, the reporter returns and starts talking to Tanty about why so many Jamaicans are coming to England. (full context)
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Tanty tells the reporter that Jamaicans come to London because there are more employment opportunities in England than in... (full context)