A Passage to India
Friendship Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
"You understand me, you know what others feel. Oh, if others resembled you!"
Rather surprised, she replied: "I don't think I understand people very well. I only know whether I like or dislike them."
"Then you are an Oriental." (1.2.121-3)
In this conversation, Aziz tells Mrs. Moore she is "Oriental" because she bases her friendships on intuition, rather than on knowledge: she instinctively picks her friends, rather than waiting to get to know them. Mrs. Moore's spontaneous affection makes her an "Oriental," according to Aziz.
[Aziz and the soldier] reined up again, the fire of good fellowship in their eyes. But it cooled with their bodies, for athletics can only raise a temporary glow. Nationality was returning, but before it could exert its poison they parted, saluting each other. (1.6.23)
This passage is ironic because later on in the novel, the same soldier will argue for a military crackdown on Indians in the days leading up to Aziz's trial.
The world, [Fielding] believed, is a globe of men who are trying to reach one another and can best do so by the help of good will plus culture and intelligence. (1.7.2)
This statement may very well express the novel's deepest hope: that the whole muddle of empire can be resolved through intelligent, informed dialogues conducted in good faith and with a mutual appreciation for each side's culture.