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Maji is described as being in a state of "samadhi" while Chid was described as wearing an "orange robe." Who was the more religious?

What does the author mean by leaving certain people and places unnamed? The narrator's last name is probably "Rivers," but her first name is never said. Inder Lal's mother's name is unsaid, as is Harry's last name. After 1923, Olivia lived in X. Why doesn't the author name everything?

What is the significance of the old woman who had a name known only to Maji?

How did the British colonial government "live long and happy lives" in India?

What do you think intrigued the narrator most about Olivia's story? What might she have written to Marcia?

Why might Olivia have chosen to terminate her pregnancy and the narrator to carry hers to term?

The story is either told from the perspective of either the...

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