Pariah Rachanna’s wife, who ultimately burns down the village of Kanthapura. She welcomes Moorthy into Rachanna’s house when he comes to discuss the Village Congress with a group of pariah women. But Moorthy is afraid to enter and drink the milk she offers him, since he has never been inside a pariah’s home. Later, Rachi lets Achakka and the other women Volunteers out of the temple after they are locked inside overnight and sets fire to Kanthapura “in the name of the goddess” (Kenchamma).
Rachi Quotes in Kanthapura
The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Rachi or refer to Rachi. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.).
Rachi Character Timeline in Kanthapura
The timeline below shows where the character Rachi appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Congress). He goes to visit the pariah Rachanna, but he is out and his wife, Rachi, invites Moorthy inside. For the first time, Moorthy enters a pariah’s house—previously, he always met... (full context)