He is nurtured solely by a single parent: his mother. His father lives with the other wife and only caters for that wife’s son. The other wife had known his father would subject her to the same ill-treatment after he had had his orgasm, so, she had shanghaied him into a prenuptial agreement that would guarantee her welfare as well her own son’s; she is noted for her notoriety and famous for her infamy. He lives where there are many like him, yet he is markedly different from them all; his neighbours love to hate him: he exudes light that accentuates their darkness. He is a mathematical genius in school, has deft fingers on the piano and a skillful sportsman on the field of play: he is a child prodigy. At sixteen, he has topped his classes twelve consecutive years; never been a second fiddler, never had a tie. His precocity is outstanding. His teachers’ prediction of his bright future is a foregone conclusion. He graduates summa cum laude from the best university around. His father wants the best for him, but not at the expense of his burgeoning purse. His father’s affluence is only a tale told to him: he has no first-hand knowledge.
He is not on a diet, yet he feeds on barely enough to sustain his existence; he is not a practicing vegetarian, yet his poor meals are garnished with a visible absence of meaty or fishy presence. He is lawfully outlawed by his father. Strangers are more welcome in his father’s palatial precincts than he is; strangers insult him and his father eggs them on. His mother works very hard, but her monthly pittance is insufficient to simultaneously feed and clothe him; he chooses to be clothed by her and scavenges for food.
His father leases some of his vast property to any stranger who asks for them and instructs the strangers to keep his lovely son engaged. The strangers employ him to mow their lawn, mop their loo and feed their dogs. He is made to have to feed the dogs in the presence of a camera lest he succumbs to the temptations of his ever-empty paunch against the terms of his employment. He manures the lawn with a mixture of dog turds and his own wastes. His daily wage is as many putrid windfalls as he could pick from his employers’ orchards while he is simultaneously pelted with pebbles and bottles – he is pertinacious enough to fill his stomach and gather some to feed his aging mother at the price of gashes on his skin and a couple of cracked bones. His injuries are sufficient reasons for him not to return the following day, but he keeps going back because there seems to be no other means of subsistence in sight.
He feels he should not always continue to play the victim; on occasions when his bosses leave him to mind their houses in their absence, he discards the moral values his mother has instilled in him from infancy and victimizes the bosses’ children: he sells their toys and steals their food without compunction. If he is suspected and reported to his father, his father starves and incarcerates him in solitary confinement for a couple of days and later frees him to his bondage. His half brother who does not have to work is deified: it is a clause in the prenuptial agreement his father had with his step mother. He always gets punished for his half brother’s numerous crimes- another clause in the agreement.
His father castigates him for having a frail frame; his father wants him to look as well-fed as the strangers’ children so as to make him a proud father; his father assures him that he will own all his estate by primogeniture: he only has to outlive his father to inherit them. He is underfed and sickly while his father looks immortally alive; he is confused and doesn’t know what to do. All his efforts to seek better fortune in strange places are sabotaged by his father. It is unforgivable to openly disrespect one’s father: he bears his cross stoically.
His ordeals have drained him of all talents and aptitudes he once had. He is senile and demented in his youth. He is assured that Murphy’s Law is the gospel truth, so, he alerts every stranger to the heinousness of his father, not to arouse their pity- he does not need it; he only wants them to know. The strangers who investigate and eventually verify the authenticity of his claims ostracize him to prevent a corruption of their own progenies by any relic of his father in him; the ones who do not have the time to investigate take his word for it and simply dub him ‘sub-human’ and treat him as such thenceforth. Either way, he loses.
He now has a very low self-esteem; he finds a couple of gay men in a thingummy pose and he decides he needs a cure for his heterosexual orientation: he reasons that if strangers are that way, he must be a pervert to be otherwise. He is hurting and he is bitter with everyone else; he blames his father for his nonchalance: planning for his future which might not arrive before he departs; he blames his step mother for her smartness and wishes she were his mother; he blames his mother for her naivety and wishes she were not so naive; he blames his half brother for being fortunate and he blames the strangers for currying favour with his father and wishes they were his parents.
He is my countryman- the working class mentality.