A Passage to India by E. M. Forster by Hilda D. Spear (auth.)

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When the case is called, special chairs are taken into the court for them and they me in. Adela notices first the punkah-wallah, physically a magnificent figure but an 'untouchable', a member of the lowest and most degraded class in India; throughout the trial he pulls the rope which works the punkah, or fan, aware of nothing but the rhythmic action he performs. McBryde opens the case for the prosecution; with a bored air, he goes over the events of the Marabar expedition. When an unkind remark from an unknown member of the crowd makes Adela tremble, Major Callendar promptly asks for her to be accommodated on the platform on medical grounds.

Chapter 18 Summary Mr McBryde, the District Superintendent of Police, receives Aziz courteously after his arrest and explains that he must be detained until bail is arranged. Yet he does not for a moment doubt that Aziz is gUilty. After leaving Turton, Fielding goes to McBryde, hoping to get some information. McBryde tells him that Adela accuses Aziz of making insulting advances towards her in the cave; she declares that she hit at him with her field-glasses and that, in pulling them away from her, he broke the strap.

During this expedition Mrs Moore is more querulous and more cynical than she has appeared before. She is unwell and rather depressed; Forster is here clearly preparing for her death a short while later. The heat and the crowd and, above all, the echo in the cave have affected her psychologically and she appears to have a mystic experience or perhaps what we should today see as a nervous breakdown - which makes her lose her faith in Christianity and thus her hold on life. ) machinery; the car ride in Chapter 8 ends with an accident; here the train journey begins in confusion with half the guests not present and ends slowing up against an elephant.

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