"I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib. For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the 'natives', and so in every crisis he has to do what the 'natives' expect of him. He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it. ...A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things."
-------Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays