I recently read an article from The New Yorker and I wonder what ‘underneath the rock means in this sentence.

'In the spring of 1946, George Orwell, writing in the London Tribune, opened with a view from underneath the rock: In a cold but stuffy bed-sitting room littered with cigarette ends and half-empty cups of tea, a man in a moth-eaten dressing-gown sits at a rickety table, trying......'

link of the article if needed: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/underneath-the-rock.3752560/

Thank you in advance!


Unsavory people are said to live under a rock like some low vermin. "What rock did you crawl out from under?", you could ask them. Nathan Heller realizes that Orwell knew full well what depths he had sunk to, and Heller is merely sympathizing. I must say I did not catch Heller's meaning first try, so don't feel bad. "Underneath the rock" is not an expression, it is just something this writer made up on the spot.