“Please don’t abuse me,” the girl said, “I haven’t said anything to you.”

“You annoy me with your silence, you illegally begotten! You eater of dung and drinker of urine! You bitch of a sweeper woman! I will show you how to insult one old enough to be your mother.” And she rose with upraised arm and rushed at Sohini.

Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable (New York: Penguin Books, 1940), 25.

The language here is interesting because it isn’t the way one would typically speak in English. Sohini speaks English as if it is not their first language: simply and formally.  Gulabo’s angry rant is also derogatory but formal to an extent. This might reflect the time period of post-colonialism or it could also reflect their class system as lowly untouchables or Dalit.

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