A River Sutra - Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3 Summary

The chapter starts on a new day with the narrator considering, and feeling disturbed by, what the monk had told him in the previous chapter. He even avoids the caves because he is not yet ready to have such a discussion with other travelers. He does go on his usual morning walk, however, to visit his Muslim friend, Tariq Mia.

When the narrator expresses to Tariq Mia that he was disturbed by his discussion with the monk, Tariq Mia asks him what it was about the conversation that had disturbed him. The narrator explains that he is upset because the monk never told him what the one thing he loved was. Tariq Mia disagrees and says that the monk indeed had told him what the one thing was: the human heart's capacity to love.

The narrator does not understand this so Tariq Mia...

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