Shadwell is a regular guest at Eva's parties from the beginning; Karim meets him at his first party and refers to him as the man in corduroy. Karim finds Shadwell boring beyond all belief, though Eva disagrees. She's attracted to him because he's successful, and she conducts a sexual relationship with him for at least part of the novel. Eva bullies Karim into auditioning for Shadwell's production of The Jungle Book, and Shadwell casts Karim as Mowgli. Though Karim is thrilled to get the part, he's less thrilled when Shadwell reveals how racist he is: he insists that Karim wear dark makeup all over his body and speak in an exaggerated Indian accent. Though the cast outwardly respects him, they consistently refer to him as "Shitwell" and other rude nicknames. When Matthew Pyke takes an interest in Karim, Shadwell warns Karim that Pyke will destroy him.