When Robert referred to as "Quick" returns home on Friday, he calls out for the girls, but receives no answer. Quick is a man who believes that he is different from other fathers—he In Joyce Cary 's short story, "Growing Up," Robert Quick, the narrator of the story realizes that his daughters are growing up, which forces him to do the same. Thinking he knows them well, when he finds them in the garden and they do not respond, he is disappointed.
His family had been landlords in Inishowen, County Donegal since Elizabethan times, but lost their property after passage of the Irish Land Act in Most of the Carys wound up in England. Arthur Cary, his father, trained as an engineer and married Charlotte Joyce, the well-to-do daughter of a Belfast banker.
After his son was born inArthur moved his family to London. Some of this upbringing is described in the fictionalised memoir A House of Children and the novel Castle Corner — i.
Although Cary remembered his Irish childhood with affection and wrote about it with great feeling, he was based in England the rest of his life.
The feeling of displacement and the idea that life's tranquility may be disturbed at any moment marked Cary and informs much of his writing. His health was poor as a child.
He was subject to asthma, which recurred throughout his life, and was nearly blind in one eye, which caused him to wear a monocle when he was in his twenties.
His mother died during this period, bequeathing him a small legacy which served as his financial base until the s. Discovering that he needed more technical training, Cary then studied art in Edinburgh.
Soon enough, he determined that he could never be more than a third rate painter and decided to apply himself to literature. He published a volume of poems which, by his own later account, was "pretty bad," and then entered Trinity College, Oxford.
There he became friends with fellow-student John Middleton Murry and introduced Murry to Paris on a holiday together. He neglected his studies and left Oxford with a fourth class degree.
Returning to England the next year, Cary sought a post with an Irish agricultural cooperative scheme, but the project fell through. Dissatisfied and believing that he lacked the education that would provide him with a good position in Britain, Cary joined the Nigerian political service.
The short story "Umaru" describes an incident from this period in which a British officer recognises the common humanity that connects him with his African sergeant. He returned to England on leave and proposed marriage to Gertrude Ogilvie, the sister of a friend, whom he had been courting for years.
Three months later, Cary returned to service as a colonial officer, leaving a pregnant Gertrude in England. Cary held several posts in Nigeria including that of magistrate and executive officer in Borgu.
Cary began his African service as a stereotypical colonial officer, determined to bring order to the natives, but by the end of his service, he had come to see the Nigerians as individuals facing difficult problems, including those created by colonial rule. A second leave in England had left Gertrude pregnant with their second child.Authors who have published a lot of stories on the Nifty Archive.
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Introduction. This guide is written for students and teachers who are preparing for GCSE exams in English literature. The story at hand by Joyce Cary revolves around the theme of growing up.
Apart from the physical growth of the teenage girls, Kate and Jenny, the story also focuses on the 'emotional growing up' of their middle-aged father, .
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