Going After Cacciato

Going After Cacciato

Hamijolli Chand (Jolly) Character Analysis

A charismatic Indian woman, Hamijolli Chand serves as a host and entertainer for the soldiers during their time in the city of Delhi. She’s immediately interested in meeting Americans, since she studied for two years in Baltimore, Maryland. Although she has a husband, it’s suggested that she sleeps with Lieutenant Corson, possibly because she thinks he can help her “get ahead” in life. Jolly is regarded by the other soldiers as a “phony,” who only pretends to be likeable and charming. She disappears suddenly, leaving Lieutenant Corson alone, and we never hear from her again.
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Hamijolli Chand (Jolly) Character Timeline in Going After Cacciato

The timeline below shows where the character Hamijolli Chand (Jolly) appears in Going After Cacciato. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 23
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Survival and Self-Preservation Theme Icon
...thrilled to find Americans in the city. The woman introduces herself as Hamijolli Chand, or “Jolly” for short. That evening, the woman gets drinks with the soldiers. She explains that she... (full context)
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At the soldiers’ meal, Jolly Chand is cheerful. She asks Doc about medicine in the United States, and asks Stink... (full context)
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...time with Sarkin, drinking brandy and kissing her neck. Meanwhile, Corson is still talking to Jolly, but then he starts to weep, saying, “What happened to her?” (full context)
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The next morning, Corson and Jolly don’t come down for breakfast. Jolly’s husband serves tea to the hotel guests. The soldiers... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Before he leaves, Lieutenant Corson has a glass of cognac with Jolly Chand. Corson seems to be overcome with emotion. Doc Peret gently taps Corson’s shoulder and... (full context)
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...back to the Hotel Phoenix, where they find Corson, still lying in his chair, alone (Jolly has gone) and asleep. The soldiers carry Corson to a taxi and tell the driver... (full context)