The Widows of Malabar Hill - Pages 223 - 296 Summary & Analysis

Sujata Massey
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In Chapter 20, forty-four hours after leaving the Sodawalla’s home in Calcutta, Perveen was back with her family in Bombay. She finds her grandfather had passed away a month prior, and the letters that bore this news to Calcutta never reached her. She conveys what happened, and her mother assures her that she is protected. Jamshedji believes they can sue for separation. Together, they realize that Perveen’s gonorrhea may eliminate her ability to have a child. Thus, the Sodawalla’s could not demand conjugal visits nor ask for recompense pay for the lack of them. Then, they will play a waiting game until Cyrus has sexual relations with another woman, thereby giving lawful cause for divorce. When Perveen objects to the Parsi law being unfavorable towards women, her father remarks she could change it. Perveen admits that she wants to go to...

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