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  1. Introduction
  2. An established hierarchy
  3. A provocative criticism
  4. Conclusion

This is an extract from Dishonored written by Maria Barrett in 1996. Thanks to the title "Reception", we can know at the first sight that this text relates an invitation and a kind of meeting. This story deals with relationships and reactions between the different characters and reveals the situation of India during the 19th century. In the first part, I will talk about the established hierarchy; indeed, we can underline some elements that show the orderliness context. Then I will tackle the provocative criticism and the flaws of the hierarchy. So, first of all, I will explain how the various behaviors of The Colonel Mills, Mrs Mills and Indrajit Rai manifest the established hierarchy that was organized in India and in the United Kingdom during the 19th century. There are two different kinds of domination showed by their behaviors, first the submission of the Indians to the British because of the colonization and then the submission of the women to the men during the Victorian era.

[...] and my family". The repetition of the notion of honor when he introduces his son reveals clearly his feelings. From my point of view, he is really sincere with the colonel really, he respects him, he wants to make a good impression on the colonel and the striking example is line twenty nine when "he had begun to sweat anxiously". Maybe he respects the colonel only because of the money he can provide since he is British and has a good situation but whatever rationales he has, he seems grateful. [...]

[...] According to his reaction when Jagat "held out his hand and looked directly" at him line twenty-one, we can conclude that he is really attached to the forms and traditional hierarchical relations with Indians what shows how narrow-minded he is. Because of the fact that she is not very important in the story even if she accompany her husband, we can see that the role that women had to play in a reception was really nonexistent. They had just to go unnoticed and that was all. [...]

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