Slender Cottonweed; locally abundant in the cindery
area of Unit 1; BSUH 11438.
As the road snakes up and over the cindery
shoulder of Lassen Peak, it climbs through conifer forests to lake-dotted meadows.
But she had also been masochistic, turning her satirical eye on her posturing self: "an ardent literary little girl in an Episcopal boarding school on the West Coast, getting up at four in the morning to write a seventeen-page medieval romance before breakfast, smoking on the fire-escape and thinking of suicide, meeting a crippled boy in the woods by the cindery
athletic field, composing a novelette in study hall about the life of a middle-aged prostitute.
Arid as Orwell leaves Wigan for the last time he reminds us that there is no "time off" for the miners' wives either; for the families who must live in the condemned cottages with their leaking roofs, oozing walls and outside toilets: "The train bore me away, through the monstrous scenery of slag heaps, chimneys, piled scrap iron, foul canals, paths of cindery
mud crisscrossed by the prints of clogs.
Nor marble, nor flesh, nor the sad spirit of man, may in this cindery
City of Dis abide white (pp.
The ground quilted in cindery
snow when we went round to view his coffin.