Fasting, Feasting


Anita Desai

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Mother Agnes Character Analysis

Mother Agnes is the Mother Superior at the Convent School where Uma attends as a child. Uma loves Mother Agnes, who returns Uma's affection. Yet, she feels helpless against MamaPapa's will to keep Uma at home, so she tries to encourage Uma to accept her domestic responsibilities happily. Mother Agnes reaches out to Uma as an adult, in an effort to involve her in church activities.
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Mother Agnes Character Timeline in Fasting, Feasting

The timeline below shows where the character Mother Agnes appears in Fasting, Feasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...on a bicycle)—to ride her to the convent school. There, she goes in search of Mother Agnes , the head nun, and falls at her feet, begging her to allow her to... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Plenty/"Feasting" vs. Want/"Fasting" Theme Icon
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Still in the modern day, a phone call comes from Mother Agnes at the convent, inviting Uma to come to the Christmas bazaar to help Mrs. Henry... (full context)