Heat and Dust - Part 6 Section 21 Summary & Analysis

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Part 6 Section 21 Summary

The date is June 12th. The narrator has received many letters from Chid: He writes of religious ecstasy being broken by something factual—like his being robbed by someone—and concludes with requests—at first, having forgotten his drinking cup, asking her to send it to him via registered post express. They are totally anonymous letters, unlike Olivia's which, although addressed to Marcia, were as much letters to herself. Inder Lal at least appreciates Chid's letters: what he doesn't understand is why the narrator has come to India. She tries to explain to Inder Lal—who thinks most would regard his way of living as "primitive"—that she is one those weary of the materialism of the west but who does not feel any spiritual calling: She is looking for a different kind of life. Inder Lal sees everywhere around...

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