A Passage to India
E. M. Forster
Contributed by Pearl Vahle
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Chapters 1-3

A Passage to India begins with a description of Chandrapore, the city where most of the story takes place, during the time of British rule in India...

Chapters 4-6

In a room near the Court, several Indians discuss the invitation they have received from the Collector to a "bridge party" the following week. A re...

Chapters 7-8

Aziz arrives at Fielding’s house for tea. They have not met before but quickly discover that they get along well. Fielding breaks his last collar...

Chapters 9-11

Aziz is slightly ill and rests at home. He is planning how he can get to Calcutta for a few days to spend time with some women. Hamidullah, Syed Mo...

Chapters 12-14

Part 2 begins with a description of how ancient the Marabar hills and caves are. The caves, which are dark and all alike, are about twenty feet in ...

Chapters 15-19

Aziz and Adela continue their expedition, but the caves they visit are not very interesting to either of them. Adela’s mind is occupied by her ap...

Chapters 20-23

Adela is confined to a sickroom, and all the English are very solicitous of her welfare. That night there is a meeting at the club. It is decided t...

Chapters 24-25

The hot season arrives in India, and the day of the trial dawns. Adela fears she may break down on the witness stand. As the English party drives t...

Chapters 26-29

Fielding and Adela discuss what happened in the courtroom. Adela says that she has been ill since before the expedition to the caves. Fielding beli...

Chapters 30-32

One of the consequences of the trial is that relations between Hindus and Moslems improve. Das the Hindu and Aziz the Moslem have a friendly exchan...

Chapters 33-35

Two years have passed. In Mau, several hundred miles west of Chandrapore, a ceremony is taking place at a Hindu temple. It is led by Professor Godb...

Chapters 36-37

As the religious festival continues, two of the English guests go out on a boat. After he sees them, Aziz goes to the European Guest House, where t...

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