A fictional town, named after the indigenous Arawak people and based on V.S. Naipaul’s childhood home of Chaguanas, where the Tulsi family lives in Hanuman House.
Arwacas Term Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas
The timeline below shows where the term Arwacas appears in A House for Mr Biswas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2: Before the Tulsis
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Tulsis
...so upon returning to Pagotes Mr Biswas announced to Alec, “I got a girl in Arwacas,” to his friend’s delight. News quickly spread, and although Bhandat’s older son (Jagdat) openly bragged... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
...brothers Pratap and Prasad who “had married nondescript women from nondescript families.” He went to Arwacas the next day and stopped in a store to buy Christmas gifts on sale for... (full context)
...no longer wanted to visit Hanuman House—sometimes he turned back once he had already reached Arwacas—and “did everything as noisily as he could” but nothing in his life changed, not even... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 1: “Amazing Scenes”
...response was to accidentally whisper, “fish-face.” He gave her the letter from the doctor in Arwacas, but felt like “a fraud” when she started reading it. He waited for his appointment... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3: The Shorthills Adventure
Part 2, Chapter 4: Among the Readers and Learners
Part 2, Chapter 5: The Void
...for her enjoyment and insisting that they take her favorite remedies. Old friends visited from Arwacas and pundits—a different one every time—came to perform pujas until she tired of Hinduism and... (full context)
...his rotting tenement at night. One of his assignments was running a “‘leadership’ course” in Arwacas, where he stayed at Hanuman House with its sole inhabitant, a widow Seth never found... (full context)