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.