The God of Small Things - Chapter 18 - 19 Summary & Analysis

Arundhati Roy
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In Chapter 18, “The History House,” the posse crosses the river and stalks up to the History House. It’s surrounded by the jungle, birds, and insects. Estha has been carrying the Marxist flag with him since Sophie Mol arrived, and he has planted the flag outside the house. The police sneak up. They find the children and Velutha asleep on the verandah. They kick Velutha, breaking his kneecaps and other bones. The children are awakened by this, and confused to find Velutha is being beaten up. They hadn’t known he was there. They are terrified by the savage, deliberate beating, which continues until Velutha is nearly dead.

Rahel tries to convince herself that it isn’t Velutha, but the fictional twin brother he has told them about in jest. Estha says nothing. The police ask if they are all right (yes) and...

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