She is being bullied around, the rector of Knype Hill, the overbearing father under whose shadow Dorothy lives. She however, remains submissive and carries out her duty as a housekeeper. Dorothy’s thoughts are occupied with the despair of evangelizing to the poor, making different costumes for the church’s school play and her incapability in paying off her debts in 1930s Depression England.
In an unexpected change in circumstance, she becomes destitute in London, and her usual regular practice becomes utterly destroyed. With amnesia, silk stockings and money in her pockets, Orwell takes us through her different experiences and encounters with hunger, unemployment, and poverty that threatens to destroy everything she ever believed in.