The story shifts to Aziz who, after his meeting with Mrs. Moore, goes back to his rounds at the hospital.
Major Callendar chews Aziz out for not coming soon enough when he called him, and refuses to hear Aziz's explanation. Aziz is amused at Callendar's refusal to understand.
Aziz hears about the Bridge Party, and decides to go. But on the day of the party, he decides he can't.
The party happens to fall on the anniversary of his wife's death. Even though he agreed to hitch a ride with Dr. Panna Lal, he neglects to let Lal know that he doesn't need the ride after all.
Aziz heads out to mail a telegram to his children. When he returns, he finds that Lal showed up, waited, and left.
Aziz pulls out a picture of his wife. He thinks some melancholy thoughts about death. Then he notices some hospital casework, and his mood improves.
Aziz checks in on Hamidullah after tea, but Hamidullah is also out at the Bridge Party. He borrows Hamidullah's pony, and goes for a ride on the maidan.
He plays polo with a British soldier. For a brief while, they forget their differences and are just two guys batting a ball around. They leave on friendly terms.
As Aziz leaves the maidan, he sees a few Muslims praying. A Brahminy bull, a sacred animal to the Hindus, saunters by, and Aziz gives it a tap with his polo stick.
He hears a voice from the road – it's Lal, his erstwhile ride to the Bridge Party. After Lal chastises him for not going to the party, Aziz heads home. He's pleased to find an invitation to a tea party from Mr. Fielding.