A Passage to India Setting & Symbolism

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Chandrapore

Chandrapore is a predominantly Muslim city in India that is governed by the British. It is within a train ride’s distance from the Marabar Caves, a local attraction of underground caves.

Marabar Caves

Marabar Caves are a series of caves outside of Chandrapore. They are the source of the mysterious echo that plagues Mrs. Moore and Adela Quested. They are also the place that the supposed sexual assault occurred between Dr. Aziz and Adela.

Mau

Mau is a predominantly Hindu city in central India with no British government.

Echo

Any sound made in the Marabar Caves returns as a monosyllabic echo sounding like “Boum.” This echo haunts Mrs. Moore and confuses and distresses Adela Quested to the point that she falsely accuses Dr. Aziz of sexually assaulting her.

Photo / Purdah

Purdah is the custom of separating and veiling Indian women. Aziz shows Fielding a photo of...

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