A Passage to India

by E. M. Forster

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Part II, Chapter XXIV: Summary

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Last Updated March 22, 2023.

Adela now resides with the Turtons, and Ronny consistently stands by her side. However, she questions her ability to truly love someone. Concerned about potentially crumbling during questioning, she informs the Turtons that her echo has returned.

On the drive to court, there are hints of trouble, and they hear more about it. Most of the time, the Anglo-Indians blame Fielding. Major Callendar goes on another violent rant against these "buck niggers." He makes fun of Nureddin's scarred face and the fact that he is in the hospital after the accident. Mrs. Turton joins the conversation and says that the males are weak and that the Indians should be made to crawl.

The case begins, and Adela is struck by the presence of a humble yet strong and attractive Untouchable operating the hanging fan. McBryde commences the prosecution, insinuating Aziz's guilt, and claiming darker races are attracted to lighter ones. An Indian observer is thrown out for making a snide comment.

Miss Derek consoles a distraught Miss Quested, who is then escorted to the platform with her companions, leaving Fielding alone among the Europeans in the hall. Miss Quested, glancing around, wonders if she made a mistake regarding Aziz. There is tension over who should be allowed on the platform, but eventually, everyone but Miss Quested steps down.

McBryde proceeds, accusing Fielding and others of being fooled by Aziz, whom he labels as vicious and degenerate. Mahmoud Ali angrily accuses McBryde of removing Mrs. Moore from the country to prevent her testimony and storms out. Indians outside chant a version of Mrs. Moore's name.

Mr. Amritrao apologizes for Mahmoud Ali but repeats the accusation regarding Mrs. Moore. Adela begins to recount the expedition, reliving the experience. She falters when asked if Aziz followed her into a cave, ultimately admitting uncertainty. Despite McBryde's efforts to hold her to her initial claim, she insists on withdrawing the charge.

Major Callendar wishes to halt the trial on medical grounds, but Miss Quested is resolute. Mr. Das declares Aziz released without prejudice. Chaos ensues outside, with the English shielded by their servants and Aziz fainting in Hamidullah's arms.

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Part II, Chapters XXII – XXIII: Summary


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