A PASSAGE TO INDIA: On the Marabar Road

Adela has just informed Ronny that she has decided not to marry him.  At this juncture, a slightly silly man named the Nawab Bahadur comes up, addressing Ronny as “sahib,” and offering to take them for a drive in his new car.  Adela, “deteremined to give him no more trouble,” agrees, even though “her desire to see India had suddenly decreased.”

And here they are on the bumpy road, night falling:

Ronny instructed the chauffeur to take the Marabar Road rather than the Gangavati, since the latter was under repair, and settled himself down beside the lady he had lost.  The car made a burring noise and rushed along a chaussée that ran upon an embankment above melancholy fields.  Trees of a poor quality bordered the road, indeed the whole scene was inferior, and suggested that the countryside was too vast to admit of excellence.  In vain did each item in it call out, “Come, come.” There was not enough good to go round.  The two young people conversed feebly and felt unimportant.  When the darkness began, it seemed to well out of the meagre vegetation, entirely covering the fields each side of them before it brimmed over the road.  Ronny’s face grew dim — an event that always increased her esteem for his character.

Beautiful, evocative, heartbreaking.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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