Brick Lane

by

Monica Ali

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Mr. Chowdhury Character Analysis

Hasina’s landlord in Dhaka who gets her a job as a sewing woman at the garment factory. He has strong opinions about what he sees as workers’ essential laziness and the corruption he encounters on a regular basis as a businessman and real estate developer. He often tells Hasina that she is like a daughter to him and therefore charges her discounted rent, but when he learns that she has been fired from the factory for a rumored sexual relationship with a young man there, he rapes her.
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Mr. Chowdhury Character Timeline in Brick Lane

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Chowdhury appears in Brick Lane. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...from Hasina. Hasina is now in good spirits. She likes her apartment and her landlord, Mr. Chowdhury , who has promised to try to find her work in a garment factory. Nazneen... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...of news. Hasina has moved to a larger apartment in the Narayanganj district of Dhaka. Mr. Chowdhury helps her with the move, but it doesn’t go smoothly. When she arrives at the... (full context)
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The day Hasina is writing of is hartal, or an official day of striking. Mr. Chowdhury is against both the strikers and the country’s leaders. In his opinion, the former are... (full context)
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...his studies as well. It is so hot in Narayanganj that the streets are melting. Mr. Chowdhury comes to collect Hasina’s rent, taking only what she can afford. He brags about his... (full context)
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...a wedding, and Hasina is grateful. They make more noise and fight more than anyone. Mr. Chowdhury comes to collect the rent. Hasina finds out that he’s charging her much less than... (full context)
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...landlord. They have heard that Hasina is paying discounted rent. Hasina swears to Shahnaz that Mr. Chowdhury is like a father to her. She is confident that Shahnaz will set everything right... (full context)
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...says. She does not want Nazneen to start sending money to Hasina behind Chanu’s back. Mr. Chowdhury continues to take care of her. He visits often but does not insist she pay... (full context)
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...herself. She hopes her sister can forgive her. Then she tells her exactly what happened. Mr. Chowdhury came banging on her door, screaming about her being a whore, about her sleeping with... (full context)
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...a job at the garment factory. She let Abdul walk her home. She lived in Mr. Chowdhury ’s apartment without paying. (full context)
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...give. Hasina suspects Zainab’s son of stealing eggs, but she hasn’t caught him yet. And Mr. Chowdhury comes to her once a week, sometimes twice. (full context)
Chapter 15
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...that she has been hiding all these years, including the rape at the hands of Mr. Chowdhury and the years of prostitution, although she speaks indirectly about the latter. Chanu understands all.... (full context)