A Passage to India | Study Guide

E. M. Forster

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A Passage to India | Part 2, Chapter 28 ((Caves)) | Summary



This chapter discusses the circumstances of Mrs. Moore's death. According to a story circulating soon after her death, her son killed her for trying to save an Indian. It is said two tombs have been built in her memory. Ronny is still angry with his mother for causing trouble by becoming an object of worship among Indians. He also has the dilemma of what to do with Adela, who is still staying at Government College. He hopes after the suit against her is settled she will release him from his promise of marriage and then leave for England.


In the legends and shrines to Mrs. Moore, readers see another example of the power of subjectivity as well as the power of rumor. What people believe is stronger than what can be proved. This rumor becomes so widespread and potent, it turns into a small cult because of humans' deifying tendencies. Once again readers see the motif of the god created by worshippers.

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