In chapter 33 of Down and Out in London and in Paris, when the tramps are in the church, why do they ruin the service? 

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There is an evangelical church with few members in it. But, it opens its doors to a crowd of nearly one hundred men in order that they may have a free tea and some bread. After the men have been taken care of, the organ lets them know that the service is beginning. However, rather than sitting quietly as Orwell as formerly observed, the tramps become unruly and raucous, rolling about in the pews, flicking crumbs of bread onto the congregation. "The tramps treat the service as a purely comical spectacle." For, when Brother Bootle rises and speaks, a tramp utters a most vulgar comment about him. 

While a few kindly souls attempt to have a worship service, the multitude of tramps insist upon preventing it.  And, although the minister bravely continues, it becomes apparent that the congregation is intimidated by the tramps. "What could a few old men and women do against a hundred hostile tramps?" Orwell concludes that the bullying tramps take their revenge upon those who have "humiliated them by feeding [them]." For, the charitable congregation has reminded them all too easily of their pitiful state.

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