What is the summary of A Passage to India written by E.M. Forster (1879-1970)?

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A Passage to India by E.M. Forster is the tale of Hindus, Muslims and the British in India and the efforts of the characters in the story to build a friendship that genuinely encompasses all three. At social gatherings, all efforts at friendship meet with failure, but a couple of chance meetings between individuals lead to mutual warm feelings. Then at a tea party there is a general sense of fellowship and Aziz plans an outing and invites all present to accompany him. The outing is a dismal failure leading to wounded feelings and outrage when Miss Quested falsely accuses Aziz of an "insult" against her, which is a euphemism for a sexual attack. Friendships break on all sides because of this situation and finally Miss Quested confesses that nothing happened. Aziz is freed from jail amidst great celebration. Years later, some of the people are reunited and hard feeling surface but are softened. In the end, it is clear that even though these individuals want friendships with each other, friendship is impossible because of the the three stumbling blocks of differences in cultural beliefs, differences in religious beliefs and, the biggest one of all, differences in beliefs about India's rights, government and future.

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