Untouchables

“He had begged one Tommy for the gift of a pair of trousers. The man had given him a pair of breeches which he had to spare.”

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. London, England: Penguin, 1986. Print. 11.

Earlier in the paragraph Bakha had gone on about how he admired British clothing, despite its lack of warmth, that style was more important, even being mocked by his father for it. It shows he is embracing the change in India’s culture, unlike his father. This act of mimicking western style of clothing was done all over the world, but specifically it is with the military that Bakha is doing this with. I can attest through other individuals that this act of exchanging military gear and clothing is still done today, in fact it is often the highlight of joint training events with other nations.

Mrs. Dalloway

“For it was the middle of June. The War was over, except for some one like Mrs. Foxcraft at the Embassy last night eating her heart out because that nice boy was killed and now the old Manor House must go to a cousin; or Lady Bexborough who opened a bazaar, they said, with the telegram in her hand, John, her favourite, killed; but it was over; thank Heaven-over.”

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, 1925. Print.

This was interesting to me, more or less because of its relevance today, and how post traumatic stress is very recognized by todays society, but back in WWI it most certainly was not widely recognized.  Within the context of the story, I think this passage sets the tone for the rest of the book, not just for Septimus, but for Mrs. Dalloway as well.  How the passage states that even though the war is over for most, the ones who lost loved ones it hasn’t, just like Mrs. Dalloway, her inner turmoil keeps going because of her desire to be with Peter.