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Stephen is now a student at University College. As the chapter begins, Stephen's parents are impatient with him because he is always going out late to his lectures. In turn, Stephen is impatient with them. He goes out and walks across the city to the college. At the college,...
Stephen now becomes extremely pious, praying zealously and follows all the devotional rituals of the Church. He reads many devotional books, and feels his soul being enriched with spiritual knowledge. He sees divine meaning in everything. Also, he rigorously disciplines his senses, lest he sin again. He walks with...
At the age of sixteen, Stephen makes many visits to prostitutes. He believes that he is in danger of eternal damnation for these mortal sins. He does not bother to pray for forgiveness, believing that his sin is too great for him to offer any false repentance or remorse...
Stephen is spending the summer at Blackrock, a suburb south of Dublin where the family had moved. He spends a lot of time with Uncle Charles, accompanying him on many errands. He runs in the park under the tuition of a coach, Mike Flynn, an old friend of Stephen's...
At the school, five of the older boys run away. Rumors circulate among the other boys that the runaways stole money from the rector's room (the rector is the equivalent of the school principal), or that they drank the alter wine in the sacristy. Other rumors suggest that the...
Vacation has arrived and it is Christmas dinner in the Dedalus household. Stephen sits at the table with his father, Simon Dedalus, his mother, his great-uncle Charles, his aunt, Dante Riordan, and a family friend, Mr. Casey. The family at this point is comfortably off, and there are servants...
Chapter 1 Part 1 The novel begins with the childhood of Stephen Dedalus, a young boy growing up in Dublin, Ireland, where he attends Clongowes Wood College, a Jesuit school. Stephen, who is somewhere between six and nine years old, is a sensitive boy, smaller than the others, who is...
As the religious festival continues, two of the English guests go out on a boat. After he sees them, Aziz goes to the European Guest House, where the guests are staying. No one appears to be there, and he reads two letters, one from Ronny to Fielding, and one...
Two years have passed. In Mau, several hundred miles west of Chandrapore, a ceremony is taking place at a Hindu temple. It is led by Professor Godbole, who is the Minister of Education in the state. The Rajah, the ruler of the state, is brought on a litter to...
One of the consequences of the trial is that relations between Hindus and Moslems improve. Das the Hindu and Aziz the Moslem have a friendly exchange. Aziz tells Hamidullah he wants to leave British India and go to a Moslem province. Hamidullah tells him of a rumor going round...
Fielding and Adela discuss what happened in the courtroom. Adela says that she has been ill since before the expedition to the caves. Fielding believes that Adela was alone in the cave all the time, and merely suffered a hallucination that made her think she was being attacked. The...
The hot season arrives in India, and the day of the trial dawns. Adela fears she may break down on the witness stand. As the English party drives to the court, the town is restive, and some workers are on strike in protest against the trial. Some of the...
Adela is confined to a sickroom, and all the English are very solicitous of her welfare. That night there is a meeting at the club. It is decided that in view of the explosive situation in the town, the English women and children should be sent away to a...
Aziz and Adela continue their expedition, but the caves they visit are not very interesting to either of them. Adela's mind is occupied by her approaching marriage, and she realizes that she does not love Ronny, which vexes her. She asks Aziz whether he is married, and he tells...
Part 2 begins with a description of how ancient the Marabar hills and caves are. The caves, which are dark and all alike, are about twenty feet in diameter. A narrow tunnel leads into them. Aziz arranges the expedition to the caves that he had mentioned earlier. He does not...
Aziz is slightly ill and rests at home. He is planning how he can get to Calcutta for a few days to spend time with some women. Hamidullah, Syed Mohammed, the assistant engineer, Mr. Haq, the police inspector, and Rafi, the engineer's young nephew, come to visit him. It...