Life was sunlight on brass bedposts. Ruby port. The leap of the heart when the outsider you have backed passes the post ... Life was poor Fred's mouth pressed down on hers in the taxi ...
I remember when Johnny Rotten first appeared, full of anaemic fury; with the shock of recognition we knew at once who this sickly youth was. It was Pinkie.Pinkie is belligerent, smart but unschooled, angry, frustrated, prone to violence, absolutely committed to getting what he wants by whatever means necessary.
|Johnny Rotten ... a punk variation of Pinkie?|
|The formidable Richard |
Pinkie in the1947 film
And this is England ... a certain side of the lower cast of England at a particular time between the wars but could apply to the punks of the 1970s or the yobs of today. Seedy, violent, unpredictable, rough. Greene had seen the future and it is coloured ... Pinkie.