George Orwell, Burmese Days,(Orlando:Harcourt,1962)p.23
Flory is a 35 year old timber merchant. He is an alcoholic and a womanizer. He has a birthmark on his face and is very ashamed of it, and thinks it makes him look ugly. Flory is not like the rest of the Europeans; he is fascinated by the Burmese culture and is friendly towards the Burmese people. Because of this he doesn’t see himself ever going back to England. Even though Flory has a Burmese mistress he is emotionally dissatisfied. He feels that only white European women can become a good partner. Then the niece of Mrs. Lackersteen, Elizabeth, arrives in Burma. She was what Flory needed to complete his life. As Elizabeth expects, Flory is about to ask her to marry him, but is interrupted by Mrs. Lackersteen. Mrs. Lackersteen finds out that a young officer is arriving in town and she decided he was better for Elizabeth because he was wealthier then Flory. So, Mrs. Lackersteen tells Elizabeth that Flory has a Burmese mistress in his house. Elizabeth finds Verrall much more attractive then Flory and she ends up falling for him. Elizabeth wants to get married so she can leave the house she is living in. Her uncle Mr. Lackersteen is a pervert and tries to make sexual advances towards her. She wants out of the house. Meanwhile, U Po Kyin has come up with a plan to be elected to the European Club in Burma as they are forced to elect a native member. U Po Kyin plans to start a rebellion and blame it on Dr. Veraswami. The rebellion is started and a native is killed by a Forest Officer, Maxwell. He shot the native as he was running away. Then he tries to justify it by saying the native was conspiring against the Empire. The natives imposed an eye for an eye type of justice and delivered Maxwell’s body into pieces. I admire this act by the Indians it proves to me that when the British cronies got out of hand they did not get away with it lightly. This changes some of the earlier opinions of the Burmese. This also causes a rebellion and the Europeans where cornered in the social club. U Po Kyin though he was going to stop the riots and
be hailed a hero, but his plans is ruined when Flory and Dr.Veraswani are the one who restore peace. Flory becomes a hero in everyone’s eyes, and the doctors’ reputation is restored. Verrall leaves Burma without saying goodbye to...