Well, as it turned out, this charcoal burner was just the twin of the Southern "poor white" of the far future.
It reminded me of a time thirteen centuries away, when the "poor whites" of our South who were always despised and frequently insulted by the slave-lords around them, and who owed their base condition simply to the presence of slavery in their midst, were yet pusillanimously ready to side with the slave-lords in all political moves for the upholding and perpetuating of slavery, and did also finally shoulder their muskets and pour out their lives in an effort to prevent the destruction of that very institution which degraded them.
In the meantime, outside the palace walls, the poor White
Duck swam up and down the pond; and near it laid three eggs, out of which there came one morning two little fluffy ducklings and a little ugly drake.
I used also to carry bread with me, enough of which was always in the house, and to which I was always welcome; for I was much better off in this regard than many of the poor white
chil- dren in our neighborhood.
Then, creeping closer, I saw that he was not dead, but sleeping soundly, with Foulata's taper fingers clasped tightly in his poor white
Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the bazar; Kim was white - a poor white
of the very poorest.
It made my old companion clench his fists to see those poor white
women marching past to their horrid fates, and, though I shared his sentiments, I was as powerless to alter their destinies as he.
There she was, before me; built up, as it were, in a marble cell, impervious to any ray of light, or particle of sound; with her poor white
hand peeping through a chink in the wall, beckoning to some good man for help, that an Immortal soul might be awakened.
Your poor white
nose, I am afraid, is actually frost-bitten.
He wetted the poor white
lips with it, and together we rubbed palm and wrist and heart.
The fields about it were overgrown with brambles, the fences gone, even the few negro quarters, and out-houses generally, fallen partly into ruin by neglect and pillage; for the negroes and poor whites
of the vicinity found in the building and fences an abundant supply of fuel, of which they availed themselves without hesitation, openly and by daylight.
Which US author wrote Poor White
and Winesburg Ohio?