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E. M. Forster

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A Passage to India | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Early one evening

    Aziz is summoned by Major Callendar and then meets Mrs. Moore at a mosque.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • The following Tuesday

    Indians and English people attend a Bridge Party at the club.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • The following Thursday

    Adela, Mrs. Moore, Aziz, and Professor Godbole attend a tea party at Fielding's.

    Part 1, Chapter 7
  • Later that day

    Ronny and Adela take a drive in the Nawab Bahadur's car and decide to marry.

    Part 1, Chapter 8
  • The following Sunday

    Fielding visits Aziz at his bungalow, and they have a heartfelt talk.

    Part 1, Chapter 11
  • Two weeks later

    Aziz organizes an excursion to the Marabar Caves.

    Part 2, Chapter 13
  • A few days later

    Aziz is arrested for assaulting Adela in a cave.

    Part 2, Chapter 16
  • Later that evening

    Turton holds a meeting at the club about the incident, and Fielding resigns his membership.

    Part 2, Chapter 20
  • Some time later

    Mrs. Moore travels to Bombay on her way back to England.

    Part 2, Chapter 23
  • Some time later

    Aziz is tried for assaulting Adela, but Adela withdraws the charges.

    Part 2, Chapter 24
  • That night

    Fielding asks Aziz not to sue Adela for damages.

    Part 2, Chapter 27
  • Some time later

    Fielding convinces Aziz not to sue for damages; Adela leaves for England.

    Part 2, Chapter 29
  • Some time later

    Fielding leaves for England after having an unhappy dinner with Aziz.

    Part 2, Chapter 32
  • Two years later

    Fielding arrives in Mau, where Godbole is Minister of Education and Aziz is the Rajah's doctor.

    Part 3, Chapter 34
  • A few days later

    Now reconciled, Fielding and Aziz meet one last time.

    Part 3, Chapter 37

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 Set in British colonial India around the early 1920s, the novel begins by introducing the city of Chandrapore on the hol... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 The chapter begins with one of the novel's main characters, the young Dr. Aziz, dropping his bicycle into the hands of a... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 As the chapter begins, the reader is introduced to another of the novel's protagonists, Adela Quested, when she says, "I... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 After Turton invites various prominent Indians to his proposed Bridge Party, a group of Indian men discusses the unprece... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 The Bridge Party is not a success, largely because no one knows what to do. The Indians have arrived very early and are ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 Distracted by several surgical cases, Aziz doesn't attend the Bridge Party. While busy at the hospital, he encounters Ma... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 In this chapter readers learn Fielding came to India late in life, at age 40, having taught in all sorts of other situat... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 8 The chapter begins with Adela mentally summing up what she has realized about Ronny: India has changed him and made him ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 9 At the start of the chapter Aziz is lying in bed slightly ill, pretending to be more ill so he doesn't have to work. He ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 10 This very short chapter takes a break from all the intense focus on the world of humans and instead looks at the natural... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 11 Fielding is still waiting for his horse when Aziz calls to him to come back in. Ashamed of his shabby bungalow and of ha... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 12 The narrator once again "zooms out" from a close inspection of human affairs to describe the Marabar Hills, tracing thei... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 13 Adela one day casually mentions she wishes she could have seen the caves, and this comment, overheard by a servant and m... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 14 Mrs. Moore and Adela have been emotionally numb for the past two weeks, ever since hearing Godbole's song at Fielding's.... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 15 Aziz and Adela visit some caves; Aziz thinks about the breakfast while Adela ponders her impending marriage and life wit... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 16 Aziz leaves his cave and hears a motorcar approaching down the Chandrapore road. When he goes to tell Adela, she is nowh... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 17 Turton is watching the arrest from behind the perforated zinc doors of the station; thrown open, the doors frame him "li... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 18 McBryde, the Superintendent of Police, is not surprised at Aziz's downfall. His private theory is that all natives born ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 19 Outside McBryde's office, Fielding encounters Hamidullah, who strikes Fielding as too cautious and tentative, not demons... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 20 The women of the civil station feel great sympathy for Adela, as well as remorse for previously thinking ill of her. Tha... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 21 Fielding joins the Indians, with whom he has now cast his lot, just as the Muslim holiday of Mohurram is heating up in t... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 22 Adela lies for days in the McBrydes' bungalow while Miss Derek and Mrs. McBryde extract cactus needles from her skin. Th... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 23 Lady Mellanby, the Lieutenant-Governor's wife, offers Mrs. Moore a place in her cabin on a ship to England, much to Ronn... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 24 The chapter opens with description of the advancing heat—as high as 112°—and humans' pathetic defenses against it. The s... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 25 After the trial Adela—who has betrayed her own people—is drawn into a crowd of Indians and carried along by them. She bu... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 26 That evening Adela tries to explain to Fielding her version of what happened. She tells him about her echo and says it i... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 27 After the victory banquet at Mr. Zulfiqar's mansion, Fielding, Aziz, and others are sleeping on the roof. Fielding and A... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 28 This chapter discusses the circumstances of Mrs. Moore's death. According to a story circulating soon after her death, h... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 29 The Lieutenant-Governor visits, commends Fielding for his role in the case against Aziz, and tells him he will be invite... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 30 A Hindu-Muslim understanding has developed, and Mr. Das, who presided over Aziz's trial, asks the doctor for a prescript... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 31 Aziz's mind, sitting with the rumor of Fielding's dalliance with Adela, has come to accept it as fact, which bothers him... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 32 Fielding stops in Venice on his return trip to England and writes postcards to his Indian friends. Here he is charmed by... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 33 It is two years later, in a crowded corridor in the palace of the Hindu state of Mau, and Professor Godbole, Minister of... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 34 Godbole alerts Aziz to Fielding's arrival at the European Guest House. Aziz hopes the rain will prevent a visit by Field... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 35 Mau is the site of the legend of a Muslim saint who freed prisoners held in a fort and was beheaded by the police; there... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 36 In the palace the usual procession following the birth of Krishna had not taken place. Normally a sacred dance troupe wo... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 37 Aziz and Fielding go for one last ride in the Mau jungle. Godbole never showed Fielding the school he had come to see, a... Read More
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