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MonkeyNotes-A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
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Chapter 25

All the English abandon Adela, and she is forced to leave the court alone. She finds herself in the midst of an emotional Indian crowd. Fielding rescues her from being caught in a riot and offers her the use of his carriage. Aziz calls after him, but Fielding cannot leave Adela. It would be too dangerous. When he finds his horses missing from the carriage, he has his students draw the carriage to the college, amid both shouts and curses towards Adela. When he finds that his phone is dead and he cannot call for help, Fielding is forced to give shelter to Adela in his house.

Aziz is surrounded by his Indian supporters. His carriage is taken into town, where a riot has started. Mahmoud Ali wants to attack the English, but Nawab talks him out of it. Then Nawab hears a rumor that his grandson is being tortured at the hospital. Though Nawab does not believe it, he must find out for himself. With Aziz, Bahadur, Hamidullah, and Mahmoud Ail, he marches to the hospital. They find Panna Lal in distress because he had offered to give evidence against Aziz. He comes to the carriage, makes his apologies to Aziz, and calms the crowd with his self-flagellation. Then Nawab's grandson is brought out, and the crowd cheers. Nawab makes a speech about courage, justice, and liberty. He renounces the title given to him by the English. He will henceforth be known as Mr. Zulfiqar. Since the crisis is over, a celebration is announced. Hamidullah is to bring Fielding and Amritrao to the party.

The heat remains intolerable. The British, still nervous about their safety, are very tense; they keep a watchful eye on things for a long time. When they are certain that the danger to them has passed, they go to sleep.


Notes

Adela is no longer a part of the British community at Chandrapore; the English are angry with her because her foolishness has called their superiority as rulers into question. Adela is also at risk around the Indians. They are angry that her false accusation has caused so much pain. Even though she has exonerated Aziz, he is still angry. The aspersions she cast on his character will stick forever. Fielding is the only one willing to come to the girl's aid. To prevent her from being caught in a riot, he takes Adela in his carriage back to his home.

After the trial, the Indians, feeling their first taste of strength, are filled with emotion. They think about revolting against the British rule. Mahmoud Ali wants to immediately attack, but he is talked out of it. Panna Lal, by acting the fool and flagellating himself, calms the emotional crowd and probably saves Chandrapore from an ugly riot. When the crisis has cooled, the Indians decide to have a celebration.

Once again, little of Aziz is seen in this chapter. He does not feel appreciation for Adela, for he is too angry about her false accusations. He is also upset that Fielding has left with her rather than coming to him. He would really like to visit with his British friend. At the end of the chapter, Fielding is being summoned to join in the Indian celebration.

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