The superintendent of police, who has his own theory that India’s climate makes Indians behave criminally. He is generally more tolerant than most of the English at Chandrapore, but still generally assumes the superiority of the English and isn’t much inclined to investigate the case against Aziz, instead assuming there isn’t any way that Aziz won’t be found guilty. Later, McBryde is caught having an affair with Miss Derek.
Mr. McBryde Character Timeline in A Passage to India
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. McBryde appears in A Passage to India. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 5
...to dinner with Miss Derek (an English employee of a local Indian ruler) and the McBrydes (the superintendent of police and his wife). They eat traditional English food, “the food of... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 18
...Adela again, hoping to clear things up before the situation gets out of control, but McBryde says that the decision is up to Major Callendar. He calls Callendar, who automatically refuses... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 22
...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 Mohurram festival, when a procession... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 24
...she tells her friends that she is feeling stronger and more sure of herself. Amritrao, McBryde, and Das discuss Mahmoud Ali’s departure, and soon quiet is restored to the courtroom. Adela... (full context)
...memories, and she cannot locate Aziz in the picture. She stammers that she is unsure. McBryde tries to direct her towards the assumed answer—that Aziz did indeed follow her—but then Adela... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 26
Fielding explains that he thinks Adela’s hallucination was dispelled in court by re-visualizing the incident—that McBryde’s questioning somehow “exorcised” her. This brings up the subject of ghosts, which Fielding sharply says... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 31