A Passage to India

by E. M. Forster

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Part II, Chapters XXII – XXIII: Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. Why does Miss Quested long to see Mrs. Moore?

2. What does her response to Fielding’s letter suggest about her inner state?

3. What do Mrs. Moore’s words and actions indicate when Adela arrives at the bungalow?

4. What are Heaslop’s unspoken opinions of his mother?

5. Why does Heaslop ask Miss Quested not to speak of Aziz’s innocence again?

6. What does Mrs. Moore mean by saying, “There are different ways of evil, and I prefer mine to yours”? What is Mrs. Moore’s way of evil?

7. Why does Mrs. Moore believe Aziz is innocent? What do Heaslop and Miss Quested think of her belief?

8. Why does Heaslop suddenly want to send his mother away from India?

9. Why does Lady Mellanby offer to let her share her private cabin?

10. What is the significance of Mrs. Moore’s remark, “there are worse evils than love”?

1. Miss Quested feels that her friendship with Mrs. Moore is deep and real. No one else understands her.

2. Her distracted response to Fielding’s letter indicates that she is not able to face the question of Aziz’s guilt or innocence.

3. Mrs. Moore doesn’t rise to greet her. She seems uninterested in Adela and indifferent to her plea for friendship. Her words are ominous rather than reassuring.

4. Heaslop believes that others do not know his mother as he knows her. They think that she is just a sweet, old lady, but he has seen other sides to her that are less attractive and less kind.

5. He says that all his servants are spies, and that such a remark would help Aziz’s defense if it were overheard.

6. Mrs. Moore implies that the accusation against Aziz and his trial are evil actions committed in the name of justice. Her way of evil may be non-participation, the refusal to take sides.

7. She says it is a matter of character, and that both English people and Indians have spoken well of Aziz. It isn’t something he would do, she believes.

8. Heaslop scornfully dismisses this as “feeble.” However, Adela’s doubts are increased. She cannot dismiss the idea that she might be wrong.

9. This is a gesture of Anglo-Indian solidarity. It is the only thing Lady Mellanby can do in response to the appeal from the ladies of Chandrapore.

10. Mrs. Moore is preoccupied with evil at this point. She believes that an attempted sexual assault, here interpreted as love, is a lesser evil than the vengefulness and hatred that has possessed the Anglo-Indians.

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