A Passage To India: Part 3 Chapter 37 - Summary & Analysis

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      The relationship between Aziz and Fielding had become somewhat normal once again. The day before Fielding's departure, Aziz accompanied his friend for a ride in the jungle.

      Fielding's visit had proved to be useless because of the Rajah's death and the celebrations of the Hindus. He complained to Aziz that Professor Godbole had not shown him the High School which he had come to inspect. Aziz explained to him that the High School did not exist and Godbole did not want him to know of this fact.

      Aziz wrote a letter of thanks to Miss Adela Quested for her bravery during the trial and requested Mr. Fielding to forward it to her. When Fielding requested Aziz to meet and talk to his wife and brother-in-law, Aziz turned down the request. He was not interested in them. Instead, he started talking of politics. He wanted the English to leave India and declared affirmatively that the Indians would free themselves as soon as there was another war in Europe. Fielding, however, was not sure about the emergence of a United India. But Aziz was adamant. He felt that the Indias might hate each other but they hated the English far more. However, friendship between Fielding and Aziz would be possible only when the Englishmen quit India.

      Fielding's way of thinking was different from that of Aziz. His way of reasoning was, that since both wanted to be friends, they could become friends even now.

Critical Analysis

      This concluding chapter makes it clear that friendship is possible only among equals. As long as the Britishers were masters in India, there could be no lasting bond of friendship between the English and the Indians.

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