A young Englishwoman who works for an Indian Maharani. She is outgoing and carefree, regularly “borrows” her employer’s car, and is considered unseemly by many of the English in Chandrapore. Miss Derek is the person who consoles and drives Adela home after the events at the Marabar Caves. She is also carrying on a clandestine affair with the chief of police.
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Derek appears in A Passage to India. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 8
...a hyena. Adela and Ronny examine the car, feeling adventurous and forgetting their relationship troubles. Miss Derek drives past them soon afterward and offers them a ride back to Chandrapore. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 31
...the station when he returns, and brings up the subject by mentioning that McBryde and Miss Derek had been caught having an affair. Aziz jokes that McBryde will surely blame the hot... (full context)