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The Crossgates School was an expensive and prominent preparatory school Those who attended were bound to academic achievement yet not all of its students were happy with all of the wealth that Crossgates had to offer George Orwell for example mostly lived an unhappy life while staying at Crossgates As a child he had to live with poor facilities the prejudice and the use of shame towards the poor The attitude of Crossgates towards education was not humane and sensible which impacted the lives of many children including Orwells One of the factors to Orwells unhappiness was the poor facilities Orwell thought that by attending an expensive school the standard of comfort would be higher than his home but he was mistaken At Crossgates health and cleanliness were neglected The children led an overcrowded underfed and underwashed life One of Orwells disturbing memories dealt with the quality of the food Orwell reminisces of how he ate out of pewter bowls that had overhanging rims which had accumulations of sour porridge and the porridge he ate contained lumps hairs and unexplainable black things It was never safe for someone to start eating the porridge without investigating it first These conditions are not suitable for a child to live experience and it is not surprising why this would cause unhappiness Orwell was poor and he paid for it at Crossgates He suffered prejudice acts that the rich boys never had to endure Such acts included caning being picked on and not having the privilege to possess certain toys because of economic standings A sad memory of prejudice that Orwell faced dealt with the distribution of cake on a boys birthday On a boys birthday a cake was provided to the entire school but this didnt apply on the birthdays of the poor kids Year after year Orwell would miserably hope that a cake would appear for him on his birthday Once or twice he pretended to his
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