These questions and quotations will guide our analysis of the first chapter of the novel (on Tuesday, June 9th).
What was Lila doing so early at sea?
What’s the family like? What did it use to be like?
What would you say is the significance of Mon Repos?
What are Hari’s worries? What do they foreshadow?
How does this first chapter portray childhood and family life in Thul?
What cultural aspects could you trace in your reading of this first chapter?
““Hah.” Hari laughed, not believing a word. How could the hill and the temple disappear? It had been there all his life and his father’s and grandfather’s as well. Ramu was surely telling a tale “We’ll see,” he said.” (p. 12)
“Change would not come suddenly or quickly to their home and family, but it would come. She had to believe that it would come.” (p.17)
“There was silence then. But the silence was not calm and lovely, it was full of fear and anger and nightmares.” (p.34)
“But again the large woman who had so much money tied in her belt won. ‘Six,’ she said flatly; and without waiting for an answer from the tonga-driver, she climbed in with the basket. The tonga creaked, the horse staggered, but the tonga-driver set his cap at an angle, cracked his whip and set off at a trot up the sandy path along the creek to the highway where the woman would sell the fish to a lorry driver come to collect fish from the villages, or else get into the bus and go to Alibagh bazaar to sell it herself. The other women bickered over what was left, and Hari turned away – there was nothing more to watch.” (p.28)