More than anyone else, perhaps, the miner can stand as the type of the manual worker, not only because his work is so exaggeratedly awful, but also because it is so vitally necessary and yet so remote from our experience, so invisible, as it were, that we are capable of forgetting it as we forget the blood in our veins.
I ought to say, by the way, that I know nothing whatever about the technical side of mining: It is a dreadful job that they do, an almost superhuman job by the standard of an ordinary person.
Our late companions were scattering north, south, cast and west, like bugs into a mattress. For a week afterwards your thighs are so stiff that coming downstairs is quite a difficult feat; you have to work your way down in a peculiar sidelong manner, without bending the knees.
You press yourself against the wall to make way for lines of tubs jolting slowly towards the shaft, drawn by an endless steel cable operated from the surface. The Indians had gone grey like bad coffee, and one or two of the bayonets were wavering. It blocked the road for a long distance on either side.
Major came marching down the passage with his heavy tread, unlocking the doors and yelling to us to show a leg.
Do you not admire my new silver case, sir? They used to go on doing this even when they were pregnant.
The best thing one can say for the pottery towns is that they are fairly small and stop abruptly. I was a poor shot with a rifle and the ground was soft mud into which one would sink at every step.
I filled five dustbins to overflowing with good food.
Normally each o man has to clear a space four or five yards wide. The steel door shuts upon you, and somebody working the winding gear above drops you into the void.
These were the condemned men, due to be hanged within the next week or two. The cutter has undermined the coal to the depth of five feet, so that if the seam of coal is three or four feet high, each man has to cut out, break up and load on to the belt something between seven and twelve cubic yards of coal.
It was a brick erection like three sides of a shed, with planking on top, and above that two beams and a crossbar with the rope dangling. Fascist philosophies vary by application, but remain distinct by one theoretic commonality.
But is an unwritten law that even the sternest Tramp Majors do not search below the knee, and in the end only one man was caught.
They have done it since childhood, they have the right muscles hardened, and they can move to and fro underground with a startling and rather horrible agility.
We hurried into our clothes, and then went to the dining-room to bolt our breakfast.
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Fascism (/ ˈ f æ ʃ ɪ z əm /) is a form of radical authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.
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