Download PDF by George Orwell: Coming Up for Air

By George Orwell

ISBN-10: 0156196255

ISBN-13: 9780156196253

George Bowling, the hero of this comedian novel, is a middle-aged coverage salesman who lives in a typical English suburban row condominium with a spouse and young children. in the future, after profitable a few cash from of venture, he is going again to the village the place he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he recollects from thirty years prior to. The pool, unluckily, is long gone, the village has replaced past acceptance, and the relevant occasion of his vacation is an unintentional bombing through the RAF.

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Dobson wittily puts it, such “widespread enthusiasm for the concept and ideal of the English craft guild. ”41 Dobson, in fact, laments that the word “guild” has become the preferred term in scholarship of the last century, especially discussions concerning York and its drama cycle. As he points out, it was not a term used in York at the time of the mystery plays; the record-keepers preferred the terms “arte” or “artifice” (in French), “artificium” (in Latin) and “crafte” (in English). ”44 Early guilds, Dobson explains, were essentially political groupings, designed either to facilitate the payment of taxes to the crown or to resist discrimination against their craft on the part of local government.

12 It seems the widows who carried on their husband’s craft were more the exception than the rule. Women more commonly practiced trades separate from their husbands’ crafts, either as entrepreneurs, manufacturing and selling their own goods, or as wage laborers working for other craftsmen. The victualling industry attracted large numbers of women workers, and in the less bureaucratically organized occupations, women dominated. 14 The sale of fish was another profitable sideline business that allowed many people, women included, to practice it without official victualling license.

They begin, as all ordinances do, with the date and a roll of all those present who command and agree to the ordinances. ”98 From the very beginning, the ordinances are made to appear the impetus of the guild itself, though it is clear that the civic authorities are attentively involved. The first item addressed—the first duty for which the members of the glovers’ guild are responsible—is their Corpus Christi pageant. 99 The guild—or rather, the civic council—is less concerned with who is authorized to sell gloves and related items than it is with making sure that those people fund the pageant of the glovers.

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