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And they gave him labour and love. It was not a progressive relationship, it was feudal; you may say it was one-sided and he had everything - the New Art furniture, the statuette, the alligator skin, and the coloured picture of Napoleon, but they possessed at any rate more than did their fellow-peasants in other states, living at best on the minimum wage of thirty-five cents a day, with no one caring if they lived or died, with all the responsibility of independence (p. 56). This may sound like paternalistic benevolence but the novels transmute the idea of a benevolent and caring leader into the theme of responsibility.

22 In fact, Graham Greene has recorded that A Gun for Sale was written at a time when he had attended a trial inquiring into the private manufacture and sale of armaments: Did I attend one of the hearings because I was already writing A Gun for Sale or did the idea come to me after attending the trial? My chief memory of the hearings was one of the politeness and feebleness of the cross-examination. Some great firms were concerned and over and over again counsel found that essential The Intimate Enemy 43 papers were missing or had not been brought to court ...

Greene's love of Africa as expressed in Journey 22 Graham Greene: On the Frontier Without Maps contrasts with his dislike of Mexico which paradoxically makes The Lawless Roads the better book; it is less romantic and encompasses battles that range from Monopoly as game and as reality, to the silent, implacable worship of the peasants. The most moving passages in The Lawless Roads are those on themes which recur in later fiction: 'revolution in the form of the Sermon on the Mount, treason as a class in do~estic economy'; faith in 'the darkskinned Indian Virgin'.

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