Like Churchill, Orwell saw little of his father, who traveled from Burma to visit his family in 1907, and then moved in with them when he retired in1912. "I barely saw my father before I was eight," Orwell noted. By that time, the boy had been shipped off to boarding school. The distant figure of Orwell's father "appeared to me simply as a gruff-voiced elderly man forever saying 'Don't.'" So began Orwell's lifelong skepticism of authority.
-Thomas E. Ricks, Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom