Comment on the trial scene as a reflection of social identity in A Passage to India.

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The limited size of the British community and the concentration of British men in positions of authority is the primary factor influencing the dispensing of "justice" through the courts. The British women, who hold no official positions, are the wives and relatives of the administrators and are expected to embody a rigidly prescribed set of morals and behaviors. The educated and high-caste Indians who uphold the British imperial order are expected to show deference to the British.

Both adherence and resistance to these rules—many of which remain unwritten—are vividly shown in the trial. Adela is the fiancée of Ronald Heaslop, the city magistrate. His concern for reputation and propriety influences the decision to prosecute Dr. Aziz. He is also the supervisor of Mr. Das, the judge. It is guaranteed that the trial will favor the British side.

Race is another factor that the British unabashedly invoke, with McBryde freely declaiming his racist views of nonwhite males' libido. He does...

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