A Passage To India: Part 2 Chapter 22 - Summary & Analysis

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      Miss Adela Quested was staying with McBryde's and was gradually recovering from her illness. She was not sure what had actually happened in the caves. It all happened within seconds. Whenever she remembered the echo, she started weeping. Miss Derek and Mrs. McBryde were nursing her.

      When Adela came back to full consciousness, Ronny came to take her home. He told her that the trial was going to be held in the court of Mr. Das, his assistant. He abhorred the process whereby an English lady would appear before an Indian Judge.

      Adela was shown a letter from Mr. Fielding which said that Aziz was innocent and that she had made a mistake. Adela recalled Fielding's rudeness to Ronny at the club. She asked Ronny whether Mrs. Moore would be by her side at the trial. She could not understand why Mrs. Moore had kept away from her. Ronny advised her not to expect much from his mother.

      Mrs. Moore was indifferent to Miss Adela Quested. She proclaimed that she would attend Adela Quested's marriage but not the trial. She wanted to go to England as she had no time for trifles. Ronny took Adela away from Mrs. Moore. Adela talked about Aziz and said she had made a mistake. Aziz was innocent. She thought that Ronny's mother had also said the same thing. Ronny pointed out that it was Fielding who had said this and not his mother. When Mrs. Moore was asked again, she replied that Aziz was innocent. Ronny was angry with her and decided that his mother should go back to England as she was doing no good to herself or to anyone else.

Critical Analysis

      Mrs. Moore, like Fielding, was steadfast and was not easily susceptible to racial feelings. Like Fielding, she too, believed Aziz to be innocent. This chapter brings out the best in those Englishmen Who do not believe in racialism.

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