“The girl was a potential rival. Gulabo hated the very sight of her innocent, honest face, though she would not confess, even to herself, that she was jealous of the sweeper girl. But she unconsciously betrayed her feeling in the mockery and light-hearted abuse which she showered on Sohini. The consciousness of that prettiness which people’s compliments stimulated in her, made the young woman vaguely surmise it all”
Anand, Mulk R. Untouchable. London, England New York, N.Y: Penguin, 1986. Page 17.
Interestingly, Anand shows that there are very little that separates the two girls – in fact, Sohini was superior to Gulabo. Yet class works to both cement Sohini’s subjugation and to ease Gulabo’s insecurity.
“So she would pick at me all de time and put some others up tuh do de same. They’d push me me ‘way from de ring plays and make out they couldn’t play wid nobody dat lived on premises.”
Hurston, Zora N. Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1st Perennial Classics ed., 1998,page 9
Here Janie describes how she was outcast out of her own community for people within the black community would outcast others for having a connection to a white. The clothes she would wear were associated with a sense of superiority and she was rejected by her peers for. It is interesting because Janie is not a part of the white community but because she interacts them she is pushed to the side by her black one out of jealous and because she does not conform to their standards.
“It isn’t the girl Freke would bother about – it’s having his aristocratic nose put out of joint by a little Jewish nobody,” (Sayers 113).
There are several hierarchies in upper class society, and keeping a certain reputation is critical in order to remain respected by other upper class members.
Sayers, Dorothy, L. “Whose Body” Dover Publications, INC. Mineola, New York 2009. Page 113
“We have Levy with a past, and no future, as it were; an unknown vagrant with a future (in the cemetery) and no past, and Freke stands between their future and their past.”
Sayers cites the social problem of jealousy to be the cause of the murder in a deeply philosophical and wordy sentence that is reminiscent of typical noire hardboiled crime fiction novels.
Sayers, Dorothy, L. “Whose Body” Dover Publications, INC. Mineola, New York 2009. Page 112