But the horses didn't want it – they swerved apart; the earth didn't want it … they didn't want it, they said in their hundred voices, "No, not yet," and the sky said, "No, not there." (3.35.29)
For more on this passage, see "What's Up with the Ending?" For the purposes of our discussion of this theme, however, this quote is a critical one that shows how difficult it is for Aziz and Fielding to remain friends given their particular historical circumstances. Aziz an Indian, Fielding an Englishman in British India. The quote underscores again that true friends – such as other-worldly Godbole and dead Mrs. Moore for Aziz – seem to be possible only outside human time and space.