Swami and Friends

The Coachman’s Son Character Analysis

The coachman’s son is a young boy who begins to taunt and threaten Swami after his father successfully scams Swami out of his money. Rajam forms a plan in which Mani will kidnap the son with Swami’s help, but the plan goes awry when the son tricks Mani and runs away with his toy top. Soon thereafter, Swami discovers during a visit to his father’s club that the coachman’s son works at the club, and Swami is overcome with fear that the son will attack him. This episode is one of the first instances in which Swami feels that his father is not able to protect him from harm.

The Coachman’s Son Quotes in Swami and Friends

The Swami and Friends quotes below are all either spoken by The Coachman’s Son or refer to The Coachman’s Son. 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:
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Chicago Press edition of Swami and Friends published in 1980.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Swaminathan began to cry. Mani attempted to strangle him. A motley crowd gathered round them, urchins with prodigious bellies, women of dark aspect, and their men. Scurvy chickens cackled and ran hither and thither. The sun was unsparing. Two or three mongrels lay in the shade of a tree and snored. A general malodour of hencoop and unwashed clothes pervaded the place.

Related Characters: Swami, Mani, The Coachman, The Coachman’s Son
Page Number: 75
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Chapter 11 Quotes

When they came to the car, Swaminathan got in first and occupied the centre of the back seat. He was still in suspense. Father’s friend was taking time to start the car. Swaminathan was sitting all alone in the back seat, very far behind Father and his friend. Even now, the coachman’s son and his gang could easily pull him out and finish him.

Page Number: 92-93
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The Coachman’s Son Character Timeline in Swami and Friends

The timeline below shows where the character The Coachman’s Son appears in Swami and Friends. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...after being told that six was not enough. Finally, he mentions that the coachman’s young son makes faces and threatens him whenever he tries to go to the coachman’s house. (full context)
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...house. Rajam has made a plan for Mani to befriend and then kidnap the coachman’s son, with Swami going along to point out the correct house. On the way, Swami gets... (full context)
The Fluidity of Identity Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...house, Mani hits Swami and yells at him until a crowd gathers, including the coachman’s son. Mani tells the crowd that Swami is a stranger who has demanded money from him,... (full context)
Chapter 11
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...watches his father play tennis, but his mood changes when he discovers that the coachman’s son works at the club as a ball boy. The boy sees Swami and turns to... (full context)
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...leave the club and Swami becomes afraid again. He begins to imagine that the coachman’s son has a gang waiting to attack him and almost tells his father about his fears,... (full context)