A Passage to India

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Ronny Heaslop Character Analysis

Mrs. Moore’s son and the magistrate at Chandrapore. Though likable and sympathetic at first, Ronny is influenced by his Anglo-Indian peers and becomes more prejudiced and unkind to Indians over the course of the novel. He believes in “toeing the line” and following his compatriots. Ronny is briefly engaged to Adela, but he breaks it off after Aziz’s trial.

Ronny Heaslop Quotes in A Passage to India

The A Passage to India quotes below are all either spoken by Ronny Heaslop or refer to Ronny Heaslop. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich edition of A Passage to India published in 1984.
Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

I’m going to argue, and indeed dictate,” she said, clinking her rings. “The English are out here to be pleasant.”
“How do you make that out, mother?” he asked, speaking gently again, for he was ashamed of his irritability.
“Because India is part of the earth. And God has put us on earth in order to be pleasant to each other. God… is… love.” She hesitated, seeing how much he disliked the argument, but something made her go on. “God has put us on earth to love our neighbors and to show it, and he is omnipresent, even in India, to see how we are succeeding.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Moore (speaker), Ronny Heaslop (speaker)
Page Number: 53
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Mrs. Moore suggests that she's one of the most tolerant and open-minded English people in the novel. Mrs. Moore is upset by what she sees as her peers' racism and cruelty to their Indian neighbors. Moore, still a Christian at this point, insists that English people owe it to themselves and their faith to be polite and loving to all people, Indian and otherwise.

Mrs. Moore's tolerance and ideas of universal unity come as welcome alternatives to the other guests' racism. And yet her form of tolerance is essentially a-cultural--she sees the world in pleasant yet bland terms of love, acceptance, and friendship; at this point she seems to have no real knowledge of India.

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Ronny Heaslop Character Timeline in A Passage to India

The timeline below shows where the character Ronny Heaslop appears in A Passage to India. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
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...a performance of Cousin Kate. She says that she is in India visiting her son, Ronny Heaslop, who is the City Magistrate in Chandrapore. (full context)
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...is there saying “I want to see the real India.” Mrs. Moore escorted Adela at Ronny’s request. Adela and Ronny might become engaged soon. (full context)
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...collector (the chief administrative officer) of Chandrapore, enters and orders drinks for them. He praises Ronny as a dignified young man and “one of us.” Mrs. Moore is surprised and not... (full context)
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...the Turtons are like royalty in Chandrapore, and when they leave the party breaks up. Ronny is excited that Mr. Turton was so friendly to his guests. Ronny says that he’s... (full context)
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...goes outside and feels a sudden sense of unity with the moon and stars. She, Ronny, and Adela ride home, and on the way Mrs. Moore points out the mosque she... (full context)
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...and admire the Ganges, and then return to their bungalow. Adela goes to bed and Ronny starts interrogating his mother about Aziz. He uses phrases he has learned from his superiors... (full context)
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Ronny feels obligated to tell Major Callendar about Aziz being impudent, but Mrs. Moore makes him... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
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...stand at the other. Mrs. Moore and Adela watch the segregation sadly. Mrs. Turton and Ronny discuss the guests, saying that “no one who’s here matters” and making fun of the... (full context)
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...to the “Public School attitude” of the expatriates. Mrs. Moore notices how bland and conventional Ronny’s opinions have become. Years earlier he had hated Cousin Kate, but now he praises it... (full context)
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...out at the Marabar Hills and suddenly starts to dread her future married life with Ronny. She doesn’t want to become like the other English expatriates at the club, socializing only... (full context)
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After the party Adela, Ronny, and Mrs. Moore go to dinner with Miss Derek (an English employee of a local... (full context)
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After the guests leave and Adela goes to bed, Ronny asks Mrs. Moore about Adela. Mrs. Moore says they’ve mostly just talked about India, and... (full context)
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Mrs. Moore disagrees with Ronny, saying that the English are in India to be pleasant to the Indians, as God... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
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...about architecture. Fielding knows that some of Aziz’s facts are wrong, but unlike someone like Ronny or Turton, he doesn’t correct him. He recognizes that the “truth of mood” is more... (full context)
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...do that. She then realizes that she has basically told strangers that she won’t marry Ronny, without discussing it with Ronny himself first. Mrs. Moore seems flustered, probably by Adela’s admission. (full context)
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Ronny suddenly arrives, hoping to take Adela and Mrs. Moore to a polo match at the... (full context)
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Ronny takes Fielding aside and scolds him for leaving Adela alone with the Indians. Fielding doesn’t... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 8
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Adela knew Ronny in England before, but she now finds his “self-complacency” and “lack of subtlety” off-putting. As... (full context)
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...asks to go along, suddenly having no desire to watch polo or bicker more with Ronny. Ronny forbids the women from going to the Marabar Caves, unless it is with other... (full context)
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...strangers that she intends to leave India. After the polo match she sits down with Ronny and asks him to have a “thorough talk.” She tells him that she has decided... (full context)
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Adela is surprised at how calmly and “Britishly” they’ve handled the matter. She and Ronny sit together and start to feel lonely and useless in their strange surroundings. Comparing themselves... (full context)
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The Nawab Bahadur passes by and interrupts Ronny and Adela’s conversation. He offers them a ride in his car, and Ronny accepts, despite... (full context)
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...hairy animal, and eventually they decide that it must have been a hyena. Adela and Ronny examine the car, feeling adventurous and forgetting their relationship troubles. Miss Derek drives past them... (full context)
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...employer, the Maharaja, and boasts about having stolen his car for her own personal use. Ronny laughs politely but doesn’t approve of the English working for Indians or of Miss Derek’s... (full context)
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When they finally reach the bungalow, Adela tells Ronny that she will marry him after all. Ronny agrees, but Adela immediately feels disappointed, feeling... (full context)
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The three have dinner and Ronny discusses his day of work. There have been conflicts between the Muslims and Hindus over... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
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...school. He then feels ashamed of his outburst, and adds that Adela is engaged to Ronny Heaslop anyway. Aziz is pleased to hear of this, as he assumes it exempts him... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
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...and Professor Godbole – as he wants to recreate the company of the tea party. Ronny allows Adela to go as long as Fielding takes responsibility for her. Aziz is forced... (full context)
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...from the other servants. Aziz suggests that Adela send him away, and she tries to. Ronny has commanded Antony to stay with Adela, however. Antony only leaves once Mohammed Latif bribes... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 14
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...Adela discusses the hot season, which is approaching, and assures herself that she won’t abandon Ronny and go to the mountains with the other women. She chatters on about her marriage... (full context)
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Adela reminds Aziz that she is marrying Ronny, and that this will make her an “Anglo-Indian.” She says that she hopes to avoid... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 15
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...Adela is preoccupied with her own upcoming marriage. She starts planning out her future with Ronny, and then suddenly she stops, realizing that she and Ronny don’t actually love each other.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 20
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...that Fielding visited Aziz in prison earlier. Callendar is then interrupted by the arrival of Ronny Heaslop. He looks pale and tragic, like a martyr. The men all stand up to... (full context)
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Turton welcomes Ronny and inquires about Mrs. Moore’s health. The drunk soldier calls out Fielding’s rudeness in staying... (full context)
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Fielding exits the club, wishing he hadn’t been rude to Ronny, but glad that he has “muddled through” and is now open about his position regarding... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 21
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...night Fielding wants to talk with Professor Godbole about his regrets in being rude to Ronny, but Godbole is asleep. The next day Godbole quietly disappears to his new job starting... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 22
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When Adela’s fever breaks and the cactus spines are all removed, Ronny fetches her from the McBrydes’. Adela learns that there was nearly a riot during the... (full context)
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...already opened. McBryde explains that Fielding has joined Aziz’s side and was a “cad” to Ronny. He describes Fielding as an Englishman among savages, stirring up trouble and causing the Mohurram... (full context)
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Adela says goodbye to Miss Derek and Mrs. McBryde, and Ronny drives her to his bungalow. Adela is excited to see Mrs. Moore, but Ronny warns... (full context)
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...She then declares that she just wants to be left alone – she will see Ronny and Adela get married, and then her other two children, and she will “retire then... (full context)
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Ronny chides his mother, saying that she is being very unhelpful, but Mrs. Moore goes on... (full context)
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Ronny assures her that she is just tired and upset, but Adela thinks she heard Mrs.... (full context)
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Mrs. Moore returns, sits down, and starts to play patience. Ronny asks her if she had mentioned Aziz’s name earlier. She says that she never said... (full context)
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Ronny calls his mother’s evidence “feeble,” but Adela suddenly wishes that she could call off the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 23
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...wife of the province’s lieutenant-governor, learns of the trouble in Chandrapore and offers to help Ronny by letting Mrs. Moore travel back to England with her in her cabin, as all... (full context)
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Ronny is unable to escort Mrs. Moore to Bombay and no one from Chandrapore comes along... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 24
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...her, though it is “her position [as victim] not her character that moved them.” Only Ronny seems concerned with Adela’s personality and struggle. On the morning of Aziz’s trial Adela fears... (full context)
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Adela and the Turtons go inside, where many English are gathered in Ronny’s private room. There is news of Indian workers striking, and of Muslim women threatening to... (full context)
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Ronny assures Adela that Das, his Indian subordinate who is judging the case, is “all right,”... (full context)
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...and requests that all the English except Adela should climb back down to the floor. Ronny approves of this, though Mrs. Turton complains of the “incredible impertinence.” Eventually they all climb... (full context)
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...the English, Adela feels better after having seen the crowd from the platform. She tells Ronny and Mrs. Turton this, but they are “too much agitated with the defeat of British... (full context)
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...the old lady herself. The English all try to recover themselves after the scene, but Ronny is disturbed to hear his mother’s name being repeated like a chant. Eventually the chant... (full context)
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...feeling that her account of the incident is inexplicably tied up with her engagement to Ronny, especially because her attack was immediately preceded by her conversation about marriage with Aziz. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 26
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...she respects Mrs. Moore very much. Fielding apologizes, and also apologizes for being rude to Ronny. He says that he is trying to “resist the supernatural” as he gets older. Adela... (full context)
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...to be as little of a nuisance as possible. Hamidullah is relieved to see that Ronny has arrived outside, disguising himself in a lower-class carriage. Ronny doesn’t want to come inside,... (full context)
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...Moore has died at sea on the voyage to England. Hamidullah says that this is Ronny’s punishment for shipping away Mrs. Moore, who loved India and Aziz. Fielding protests but not... (full context)
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...calls her “my best friend.” She says that she cannot stand to be alone with Ronny right now, and asks Fielding if she can in fact stay at the college. Fielding... (full context)
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Ronny comes in with Adela, looking awkward. Hamidullah is rude to him, questioning him about Mrs.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 28
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...“shaken off” when the ship reached Europe. Meanwhile in Chandrapore, a legend springs up that Ronny killed his mother because she tried to save Aziz’s life. Two different tombs are reported... (full context)
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Ronny knows that he treated his mother badly at the end, but he doesn’t feel like... (full context)
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Ronny hopes that Adela will decide to break off their engagement and leave India too. He... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 29
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Ronny is to be transferred to another province, and he visits Adela to break off the... (full context)
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Adela says that she and Ronny never should have even considered marriage in the first place. Fielding agrees that the whole... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 35
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...Mahmoud Ali, who knew Fielding’s wife’s name. Mahmoud Ali had even referred to her as “Heaslop’s sister” in an insolent letter written on Aziz’s behalf. (full context)
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The name “Heaslop” enrages Aziz, who is already ashamed and angry at his own mistake. He admits that... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 36
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...goes inside and looks through the rooms, reading two letters he finds. One is from Ronny to Fielding, which discusses Fielding’s marriage and new problems in India, which Ronny blames on... (full context)
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...Stella. He resents the intimate tone of it, and how Fielding, Adela, Stella, Ralph, and Ronny all refer to each other so familiarly, like the English all in their private club.... (full context)
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Aziz says that Ralph is Mrs. Moore’s son, but also Ronny’s brother, and therefore “the two nations cannot be friends.” Ralph responds with “I know. Not... (full context)
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...the boats capsize. All four of the English fall into the warm, shallow water, scattering Ronny’s and Adela’s letters alongside the sacred props of the Procession of the God. Suddenly the... (full context)