Captain Robinson and the Poet, by Gerry Abbott

The very fact that Orwell chose to review Robbie's book may be significant. In his phrasing – 'Those who knew the author in Mandalay' and 'Those who knew Captain Robinson in the old days' – he clearly indicates his acquaintance with Robbie. This is reinforced by his expressed pleasure in seeing the photograph of him…completely cured of the opium habit and apparently well-adjusted and happy, in spite of his blindness. I maintain that the various similarities outlined above fairly convincingly support my theory that 'the Poet' was the future George Orwell, but of course I am ready to be proved wrong.


New Light on Orwell's Lost Youth

Again, no-one but Eric and Jacintha would grasp the ominous implications of these details. Jacintha was horrified by the denouement of Nineteen Eighty-Four. She interpreted Julia’s fate as an act of vengeance directed at herself. “In the end,” she complained to June Finlay, "he absolutely destroys me, like a man in hobnailed boots stamping on a spider. It hurt my mother so much when she read that book that we always thought it brought on her final heart attack a few days later. Be glad that you have not been torn limb from limb in public.”