Friday, March 03, 2006

The Human Factor

Nowadays of course, we don't have the option of taking our meals in the privacy of our own cells. We are forced today to dine en-masse, with all the attendant squabbles, thefts and abuses. And this is before we actually get any food in our hands; after that, it's every man for himself.
The old system was in many ways more humane, giving the warder a chance to look each man in the eye, as he ladled out the gruel. Today we may be eating Coq au Vin but nobody's really looking out for us, anymore.


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