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The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy
Esthappen Timeline and Summary
Estha and the family drive out to see The Sound of Music. Estha can't stop singing during the movie, so he has to go out into the lobby where he can sing to his heart's content. The Orangedrink Lemondrink Man at the movie theater molests him. Estha blames himself. He starts worrying and feels nauseous. He realizes the Orangedrink Lemondrink Man knows where he lives and can come find him anytime. At the airport, Estha refuses to speak when he is introduced to Sophie Mol and Margaret Kochamma. When they get home, Estha leaves his family behind and goes into the factory, where he thinks Two Thoughts : "Anything can happen to anyone" and "It's best to be prepared." Estha decides he needs a boat. Estha and Rahel find a boat and go to visit Velutha. Estha, Rahel, and Sophie Mol take the boat out to run away across the river. The boat capsizes and the twins realize that Sophie has drowned. They get to the History House and don't know that Velutha is there. The police come and beat Velutha violently. Baby Kochamma tells Estha and Rahel that they are murderers and that Ammu will die in jail if they don't answer "yes" to the inspector's questions. Estha goes with the inspector and sees the bloody, battered Velutha. He answers "yes" to the inspector's question. Estha is sent back to Calcutta to live with Baba. 23 years later, Estha comes back to Ayemenem. He has stopped speaking. Estha follows Rahel to the kathakali performance. They walk home together. Rahel and Estha lie in bed together. They have sex.