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Born in Exile
George Gissing
Project Gutenberg
Godwin Peak is a star student at Whitelaw College, which he won a scholarship to attend. He wins many academic prizes and his future seems promising.Then his Cockney uncle arrives intending to open an eating-house adjacent to the college. Godwin is mortified of being associated with 'trade' and leaves the college rather than face the scorn he expects to receive from his upper-class fellow students.This is indicative of his social aspirations (upwards) and snobbery (downwards).