Study Guide

A Passage to India Part 1, Chapter 11

By E.M. Forster

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Part 1, Chapter 11

  • Fielding wonders why the servants aren't bringing his horse to him. Then he hears Aziz calling him back into the apartment.
  • Aziz shows Fielding a photograph of his wife. It is Aziz's way of saying that he considers Fielding to be a friend, in fact a "brother" (1.11.13). Fielding is touched. Aziz remarks that all India needs is kindness. Fielding thinks to himself that while it may need kindness, it also needs something more, which he calls an "intoxication of the blood" (1.11.20).
  • Fielding asks Aziz what he thinks of Adela Quested and Mrs. Moore. Aziz shakes his head in disgust.
  • Aziz asks Fielding if he's married. When Fielding explains that he isn't, Aziz asks Fielding why he doesn't marry Adela. Fielding explains that Adela "depresses" him (1.11.42). He tells Aziz that Adela is engaged to be married to Ronny.
  • Aziz tells Fielding he should be more careful about what he says about other people. Fielding agrees. Aziz wonders how Fielding would feel about losing his job. Fielding explains that he likes to "travel light" and compares himself to a holy man, only without the religion (1.11.62).
  • Fielding feels his job is secure because it's education.
  • Aziz finally confesses to Fielding that he told the servant not to bring Fielding's horse so that Aziz could have a chance to talk to Fielding alone.
  • After Fielding leaves, Aziz thinks some more pleasant thoughts about friendship, women, Arabic poetry, and mosques.

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