A House for Mr Biswas

A House for Mr Biswas

A fictional estate near Arwacas where Mr Biswas oversees estate workers for Seth and builds his first house.

Green Vale Quotes in A House for Mr Biswas

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Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

There was no need to ask where Jagdat was going. He was going to his family. He too, then, lived a divided life.

Related Characters: Mr Biswas, Tara, Ajodha, Jagdat, Rabidat
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 241
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The darkness filled his head. All his life had been good until now. And he had never known. He had spoiled it all by worry and fear. About a rotting house, the threats of illiterate labourers.

Now he would never more be able to go among people.

He surrendered to the darkness.

Related Characters: Mr Biswas
Page Number: 255
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

Mr Biswas had never thought of Tulsi property as belonging to any particular person. Everything, the land at Green Vale, the shop at The Chase, belonged simply to the House. But the lorries were Seth’s.

Related Characters: Mr Biswas, Mrs Tulsi, Seth
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 374
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Part 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

He had found a site such as he always wanted, isolated, unused, and full of possibilities. It was some way from the estate house, on a low hill buried in bush and well back from the road. The house was begun and, unblessed, completed in less than a month.

Related Characters: Mr Biswas
Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 406-7
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Green Vale Term Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas

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Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
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Mr Biswas never forgot the huge trees in Green Vale , which hid the estate from the surrounding plains. In the estate’s barracks, twelve families... (full context)
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...house and spent most of her time at Hanuman House, which was very close to Green Vale . Mr Biswas began cooking for himself and taking walks, but often he just lay... (full context)
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In Green Vale , there were no Christmas celebrations whatsoever, besides eating and drinking and the unfortunate eventual... (full context)
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Mr Biswas began to cycle toward Green Vale , with Savi balanced on the crossbar, until “a Negro policeman” stopped them on the... (full context)
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Shama asked how Savi acted during her week at Green Vale and was delighted to hear that she threw away the food from the old woman.... (full context)
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When he returned to Green Vale , Mr Biswas encountered Mr Maclean, who promised that the iron would be easy to... (full context)
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...past alike by merely looking at them. Afraid of deceiving his children, he returned to Green Vale . (full context)
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...throughout the night. In the first, black threads chased him from the Tulsi Store to Green Vale —the same threads of asphalt that fell down from the house’s roof, and he could... (full context)
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Shama brought the children to Green Vale that Christmas; Mr Biswas dreaded their arrival, hoped that an accident would stop them and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 1: “Amazing Scenes”
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Having returned to his old disposition from Green Vale , Mr Biswas realized that he did not fear people but felt “regret, envy, despair.”... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3: The Shorthills Adventure
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...In less than a month, he had exactly the house he wanted to build in Green Vale : two bedrooms, a drawingroom, and a verandah, mounted on cement pillars, with a corrugated... (full context)