Chapter 45 Summary

As a child, Thomas Stone asks the gardener where little boys come from. The dissolute gardener tells the boy he found him washed up on the shore, cut off his fins, washed him up, and brought him to his mother. Thomas does not believe him and walks away. The gardener can make things grow from the earth, but if Hilda Stone had heard the exchange she would have fired him for telling lies to her only son.

Thomas lives just outside the rock walls of Fort St. George in Madras, India. St. George is the first home of the East India Company, and the first Anglican church in India was built here in 1680. Here a tutor and governess, Hilda Masters Fife, married Justifus Stone, a British civil servant twenty years her senior. Thomas...

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