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How terrible it would have been. . . to have lived without even attempting to lay claim to one’s portion of the earth; to have lived and died as one has been born, unnecessary and unaccommodated. (Prologue)

He has begun to wait, not only for love, but for the world to yield its sweetness and romance. He deferred all his pleasure in life until that day. (Chapter 2)

Mr. Biswas has no money or position. He was expected to become a Tulsi. (Chapter 3)

There is, in some weak people who feel their own weakness and resent it, a certain mechanism which, operating suddenly and without conscious direction, releases them from final humiliation. (Chapter 3)

Living in a wife-beating society, he couldn’t understand why women were even allowed to nag or how nagging could have any effect. (Chapter 4)

For Shama and her sisters and women like them, ambition, if the word could be used, was a series of negatives: not to be unmarried, not to be childless, not to be an undutiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow. (Chapter 4)

Mixed with his fear was this grief for a happy life never enjoyed and now lost. (Chapter 5)

It was the first of many disappointments. In time he came to disregard these periods of freedom, just as he no longer expected to wake up one morning and find himself whole again. (Chapter 5)

He was going out into the world, to test it for his power to frighten. The past was counterfeit, a series of cheating accidents. Real life, and its especial sweetness, awaited; he was still beginning. (Chapter 6)

A chance encounter has led him to sign writing. Sign writing has taken him to Hanuman House and the Tulsis. Sign writing found him a place on The Sentinel. (Chapter 7)

Father and son, each saw the other as weak and vulnerable, and each felt a responsibility for the other, a responsibility which, in times of particular pain, was disguised by exaggerated authority on the one side, exaggerated respect on the other. (Chapter 8)

But in the box-board temple at the end of the ruined, overgrown garden there was no Hari to say prayers for her and the house. Bells were rung and gongs were struck, but the luck, the virtue has gone out of the family. (Chapter 9)

There was no longer a Hanuman House to protect them; everyone has to fight for himself in a new world, the world Owad and Shekhar had entered, where education was the only protection. (Chapter 10)

How ridiculous were the attentions the weak paid one another in the shadow of the strong! (Chapter 12)

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