A House for Mr Biswas - Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

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Mr. Biswas and Anand are brought back to Hanuman House, and Mr. Biswas is taken to the Blue Room to recover. The Tulsis are compassionate as they tend to him, but among themselves, they talk about his “madness.” He appreciates the solid feeling of the house, and he feels secure, with only flashes of memories about what had happened in the past. The doctor comes and assesses Mr. Biswas as having a nervous condition and a certain vitamin deficiency. He rejects the suggestion that Mr. Biswas should be certified and prescribes some vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Seth tells Mr. Biswas that his house has apparently been burned down by the laborers. Instead of being shocked, Mr. Biswas feels grateful to Seth, and his remaining anxiety fades away.

Shama gives birth to another girl, but Mr. Biswas does not go to see her. As he recuperates, he still experiences occasional fits of anxiety, but he is strong enough to overcome them. He speculates about his future, realizing that he’s no better off than when he was seventeen, with no vocation and no reliable means of earning a living. Now, after the despair of the days at Green Vale, he has a different method for measuring happiness and realizes that, no matter what happens to him, he will provide for his wife and children.

When his money starts to run out, Seth tells him that he needs to decide to do something. He adds that Mrs. Tulsi and the little god are coming home, implying that he will have to leave the Blue Room and move to another part of the house. Mr. Biswas decides to leave Hanuman House, not feeling any connection to Shama, the new baby, or his other children. He feels that his past has been “a series of cheating accidents” and real life is still waiting for him. He waits for the children to leave for school, and then he sets out to begin again, keeping his fear under control.


Mr. Biswas is able to recover from his condition as he is removed from his responsibilities, placed in a secure, comfortable space away from the rest of the world, and tended to by the Tulsis. He is able to maintain some distance from the fears that have been tormenting him, but there is still a sense of unease. He realizes that his basic situation has not improved, but now he looks at it from the perspective that he does not need to worry about his children’s future or well-being. As he runs out of money and Mrs. Tulsi’s return to Hanuman House is anticipated, he makes the decision to try again to achieve the life he has always envisioned. Leaving Hanuman House, he is careful to avoid being seen by any of the children; this could be a show of cowardice or strength, as he wants to avoid confrontations, explanations, or goodbyes.


melodramatic, calamitous, inscrutable, verandah, Ramayana, certified, thaumaturgy, embrasure, perquisites , lorry

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