Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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What did Orwell say was hard about living in Paris and London?

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The description of poverty in Orwell's book is the description of a scholar: someone who has never been poor and who is, willingly, allowing himself to become impoverished in order to study how it feels. Nevertheless, Orwell's portraits of the poor in both London and Paris are fond, and he identifies some of the specific things that are difficult about being poor in both cities, which are not things that might be expected by those who have never experienced poverty.

Orwell notes that one of the hardest things about becoming poor when one had not been poor before was that one was then forced to spend the whole of one's life "telling lies, and expensive lies." He describes the difficulty of having to stop spending money on what one had spent it on before, such as sending out laundry and buying cigarettes; this made Orwell enemies of the laundress and the tobacco seller, who thought he was buying these services and goods elsewhere, but a certain sense of shame about poverty meant that he...

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