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Cleanliness in “Untouchable”

“And though his job was dirty he remained comparatively clean. He didn’t even soil his sleeves, handling the commodes, sweeping and scrubbing them. ‘A bit superior to his job’, they always said, ‘not the kind of man who ought to be doing this.’ For he looked intelligent, even sensitive, with a sort of dignity that does not belong to the ordinary scavenger, who is as a rule uncouth and unclean.”

Notes: Repitition of “cleanly” features throughout the novel, caste distinctions, dignity

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. London: Penguin, 1935, 16.