Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 453
Here are some important quotes from The Lonely Londoners:
He does look around as much as to say: "I here with these boys, but I not one of them, look at the colour of my skin." (48)
This quote refers to Bart, who is West Indian, but because of the prejudice surrounding West Indians in London, he tries to distance himself from other West Indians. Instead, because he has lighter skin, he says he is Latin American.
Ma work in the back, in the kitchen, but she was near enough to the front to see what happening outside of the kitchen (68)
This quote refers to Tolroy's mother, who works in the kitchen of the Lyons Corner House. The quote encapsulates the way in which the characters in the novel can see what is going on around them but can not really participate directly in society in London, as they are excluded.
And Galahad watch the colour of his hand, and talk to it, saying, "Colour, is you that causing all this, you know. Why the hell you can’t be blue, or red or green, if you can’t be white? You know is you that cause a lot of misery in the world." (77)
Galahad, or Henry Oliver, is a recent immigrant from Trinidad who comes to realize the ways in which his skin color defines his experience and his exclusion in London, but he is determined to make a go of his new life.
To talk of all the episodes that Moses had with woman in London would take bags of ballad Moses move through all the nationalities in the world and then he start the circle again. (102–103)
Moses, Henry, and the other West Indian...
(The entire section contains 453 words.)
Unlock This Study Guide Now
Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this The Lonely Londoners study guide. You'll get access to all of the The Lonely Londoners content, as well as access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.
- Critical Essays