The God of Small Things | Study Guide

Arundhati Roy

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The God of Small Things | Chapter 15 : The Crossing | Summary



Velutha swims easily across the river and reaches the other shore within minutes. Then he makes the short walk to the History House. He feels optimistic, thinking "Things will get worse ... Then better."


What Velutha seems to realize is that he will soon be free from the life that has been so restrictive. He removes his garment, a traditional mundu tied around his waist, for the swim, and it becomes a sail over his head as he dries it. The image is of the wind blowing it freely. He is naked except for red nail polish, applied with joy by his young friends Estha, Rahel, and Sophie Mol. He is:

The God of Loss.
The God of Small Things.

However, Velutha continues to be mostly invisible in the world. He leaves no ripples in the water, and he leaves no footprints on the shore. Even though his actions are considered the worst thing to happen in Ayemenem for a generation, he is an Untouchable, not important enough to be seen in the world.

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