“The expectant outcastes were busy getting their pitchers ready, but as that only meant shifting themselves into position so to be nearest to this most bountiful, most generous of men, all their attention was fixed on him. And as that disclosed the apparent effort the athlete was making, they exerted all their energies, all their will-power to aid him in his task.”
Anand, Mulk Raj, Untouchable. New York: Penguin Books, 1940. Print. 28.
They perceive the priest as “bountiful,” “generous,” and an “athlete” simply due to his ability to retrieve water. Their perspectives are clearly very skewed, and they are clearly very underprivileged and desperate.