Philosophische Fakultät Lars Eckstein Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners ( ) Preprint published at the Institutional Repository of the Potsdam University. Abstract: This essay reads Sam Selvon's novel The Lonely Londoners () as a milestone in the decolonisation of British fiction. After an introduction to. Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners. About this free course. This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A Reading and studying .
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Oh, we get it from a fellar name Jackson who was up here last year. Jackson is a bitch, Moses say, he know that I seeing hell myself. We have money, the fellars say, we only want you to help we to get a place to stay and tell we how to get a work. That harder than money, Moses grunt. I dont know why the hell you come to me.
But all the same he went out with them, because he used to remember how desperate he was when he was in London for the first time and didnt know anybody or anything. Moses send the boys to different addresses. Too much spades in the Water now, he tell them. Try down by Clapham. You dont know how to get there? They will tell you in the tube station. Also, three of you could go to Kings Cross station and ask for a fellar name Samson who working in the luggage department.
He will help you out. And so like a welfare officer Moses scattering the boys around London, for he dont want no concentrated area in the Water as it is, things bad enough already. And one or two that he take a fancy to, he take them around by houses he know it would be all right to go to, for at this stage Moses know which part they will slam door in your face and which part they will take in spades. And is the same soft heart that have him now on the bus going to Waterloo to meet a fellar name Henry Oliver.
He dont know how he always getting in position like this, helping people out. He sigh; the damn bus crawling in the fog, and the evening so melancholy that he wish he was back in bed. When he get to Waterloo he hop off and went in the station, and right away in that big station he had a feeling of homesickness that he never felt in the nine-ten years he in this country.
For the old Waterloo is a place of arrival and departure, is a place where you see people crying goodbye and kissing welcome, and he hardly have time to sit down on a bench before this feeling of nostalgia hit him and he was surprise.
It have some fellars who in Britn long, and yet they cant get away from the habit of going Waterloo whenever a boat-train coming in with passengers from the West Indies. They like to see the familiar faces, they like to watch their countrymen coming off the train, and sometimes they might spot somebody they know: Aye Watson!
What the hell you doing in Britn boy?
Why you didnt write me you was coming? And they would start big oldtalk with the travellers, finding out what happening in Trinidad, in Grenada, in Barbados, in Jamaica and Antigua, what is the latest calypso number, if anybody dead, and so on, and even asking strangers question they cant answer, like if they know Tanty Simmons who living Labasse in Port of Spain, or a fellar name Harrison working in the Red House.
But Moses, he never in this sort of slackness: the thought never occur to him to go to Waterloo just to see who coming up from the West Indies. Still, the station is that sort of place where you have a soft feeling. It was here that Moses did land when he come to London, and he have no doubt that when the time come, if it ever come, it would be here he would say goodbye to the big city. Perhaps he was thinking is time to go back to the tropics, thats why he feeling sort of lonely and miserable.
Moses was sitting there on a bench, smoking a Woods, when a Jamaican friend name Tolroy come up. The boat-train come yet? Tolroy ask, though he know it aint come yet.
No, Moses say, though he know that Tolroy know. Boy, I expect my mother to come, Tolroy say, in a nervous way, as if he frighten at the idea.
You send for she? Moses say. Yes, Tolroy say. Ah, I wish I was like allyou Jamaican, Moses say, Allyou could live on two-three pound a week, and save up money in a suitcase under the bed, then when you have enough you sending for the family. I cant save a cent out of my pay.
What I do is my business, Tolroy say, taking offence. Yes, I aint say is a bad thing, I trying to do the same thing ever since I come to this country.
I was just thinking bout when you yourself did first come, how I help you to get a job in the factory, and how you have so much money save and I aint have cent. So it go, boy.
You still living Harrow Road? But now the old lady coming I will have to look for a bigger place. You know about any? Not my way. But Big City was telling me yesterday it have a house down by the Grove what have some vacant rooms why you dont see him and find out?
I will see him tomorrow.
You have a cigarette? I just smoking the last. Tolroy sit down on the bench with Moses, and the two of them watching Waterloo station, all the things that happening, all the people that coming and going.