is going to get the rental car from his father and his father's apartment. Ashoke’s apartment is bland and bare. Maxine urges Gogol to get out of the apartment and go to a hotel over the phone. The third-page break on 179 begins to explain the number of people that have visited his family. This is the first time the Gogol is becoming closer to his culture and family. Gogol tells Maxine that he does not think he can spend time with her over Christmas. On page 183 Gogol boards a train to return to New York and Sonia decides to stay with Ashima. As Gogol is on the train he has a recollection of his childhood with his father. They had gone to Cape Cod as a family and this trip is described as windy and dull. Gogol remembers his dad telling him “Try to remember it always.” “Remember that you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.” Chapter 8 Chapter eight is written entirely in third person narrative, with a bit of conversation between Gogol and Moushumi. A year has passed since Ashoke’s death. Gogol is still residing in upstate New York and is still working for the same firm. Gogol and Maxine have now split ways and he is really starting to enjoy the passivity of sitting in a classroom again. It reminded him of when he was a student, a time when his father was still alive. During this time, he also began an affair with a married woman. He liked it at first, it was something different. Soon after, he had started to feel guilty, wondering how her husband would feel if he found out. At the page break, his mother wants to set him up with a girlfriend. His mom set him up with a Bengali
woman named Moushumi. At first, he didn’t even feel the want to call her and set up a date, but little did he know, their romance would lead to marriage. On their first date, they meet at a bar. After, they walk along the streets stopping by in stores, glancing around at whatever fancied them. Gogol notices how much she enjoys a hat, that after their date, he went back and bought it and promised himself to gift it to her for her birthday, for he didn’t even know when it was. This was a sign of Gogol really seeing a future with this woman, and a foreshadow for what might come in the relationship. The next date, they make dinner at her place. They would go on and on talking to each other about the littlest things, quite cute honestly. The story then continues, talking about Moushumi’s past life. She impulsively asked a man to marry her, but just two weeks before their wedding, they got into a huge argument and one thing led to another and then he punched her straight across the face. She felt so sad after this, he had fooled everyone including her. She didn’t have anywhere to go when a friend from Brooklyn took her in. She was so depressed, until her mother called, asking if she remembered a boy named Gogol.
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