What is one instance of symbolism in A Passage to India?

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One of the most prominent symbols in A Passage to India, one that dominates section one of the book's three sections, is the mosque. The mosque of India represents a place of sanctuary and peace. The mosque is particularly important to two Characters, Aziz and Mrs. Moore. At one point, Mrs. Moore is at the Chandrapore club watching an English play called "Cousin Kate." She finds the play boring and inappropriate and can no longer stay in the audience.

She leaves and wanders to the mosque. Mrs. Moore recognizes the mosque as the genuine India and in contrast with the artifice of British customs imposed on the rhythm of India. It is in the mosque that the symbolic meeting of India and England takes place in the form of Aziz's and Mrs. Moore's first meeting, which occurs in the mosque in the moonlight.

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