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A Passage to India Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 2: Chapter 17 Summary

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Part 2: Chapter 17 Summary

Adela has accused Aziz of assaulting her in one of the caves. Fielding insists that it could not be and asks to talk to her. Turton has already decided that an English girl fresh from England has been assaulted on his watch, and he expects Fielding to rally to the banner of race. Fielding wants to know the facts.

Part 2: Chapter 17 Analysis

This story is probably based at least in part on an actual occurrence in India in 1919 during the uproar that followed the Amritsar Massacre (See Chapter 1 Analysis). Marcella Sherwood, an English School Superintendent in Amritsar, was allegedly sexually assaulted in this period of extreme unrest.

In earlier versions of this incident, Forster was much more explicit in the sexual aspects of the assault, and the strap of the field glasses was being used to strangle her. In that version, she used the glasses...

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