A Passage to India Part II, Chapters XXVII – XXIX: Questions and Answers
by E. M. Forster

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Part II, Chapters XXVII – XXIX: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Aziz say that he should have become anti-British much sooner?

2. What does Fielding try to explain about Miss Quested? On what grounds does he ask Aziz to spare her from paying excess costs?

3. Why is Fielding offended by Aziz’s suggested letter of apology?

4. Why does Ronny Heaslop continue to inwardly criticize Mrs. Moore after her death?

5. Why is the letter that Fielding helps Miss Quested write a failure?

6. Why does Heaslop break off the engagement?

7. How does Miss Quested feel about her broken engagement? Why didn’t she break it herself?

8. Why does Miss Quested feel that she will be all right in England?

9. Why do both Fielding and Miss Quested feel an odd sense of dissatisfaction even while they are agreeing about various topics?

10. What does the missionary’s remark about a turn and a return mean to Adela Quested?

Answers
1. If Aziz had become anti-British sooner, he never would have invited the women to the Marabar Caves and thus never been imprisoned and tried.

2. Fielding points out that she is genuine and brave. She spoke out and said that she was wrong even though surrounded by Anglo-Indian friends. He appeals to Aziz to be merciful.

3. He says that it hurts him. Possibly, he is both hurt by the insult to Miss Quested and saddened to see his friend Aziz indulging in blatant self-congratulation.

4. He was unfair to her and finds it easier to compound the unfairness than to repent of it.

5. She has no real love for Aziz or the Indians, and they sense this. Fielding tells her that Indians will always prefer kindness and affection to justice.

6. He looks on her as belonging to a past he has outgrown, one connected with his earlier life in England.

7. She says it was wise of Heaslop to break the engagement; she should have broken it off herself, but that she was drifting in a state of inertia.

8. She has money, friends, and will find work. Above all, she feels that she belongs in England.

9. They have a sense of being tiny, almost insignificant. Although they do not wish to seek for larger or greater truths, some shadow of this possibility falls on them.

10. The missionary’s casual remark allows her to see that her own life is at a turning point. She has turned to the East and now she is returning to the West.