The Guide

by

R. K. Narayan

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Mani Character Analysis

Raju’s secretary, who works for him once Raju reinvents himself as the manager of Rosie/Nalini’s dance career. Raju’s trust in Mani begins to waver once Rosie discovers that Raju has hidden Marco’s book from her. He suspects Mani as the revealer of the secret. However, Mani’s loyalty to Raju is reflected in the fact that he is the only visitor who comes to see Raju in prison.

Mani Quotes in The Guide

The The Guide quotes below are all either spoken by Mani or refer to Mani. 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:
Hypocrisy and Disguise Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Guide published in 1958.
Chapter 10 Quotes

I felt like telling Mani, “Be careful. She’ll lead you on before you know where you are, and then you will find yourself in my shoes all of a sudden! Beware the snake woman!” I knew my mind was not working either normally or fairly. I knew I was growing jealous of her self-reliance. But I forgot for the

moment that she was doing it all for my sake.

Related Characters: Raju (speaker), Rosie / Nalini, Mani
Related Symbols: The Serpent
Page Number: 176
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Mani Character Timeline in The Guide

The timeline below shows where the character Mani appears in The Guide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
Hypocrisy and Disguise Theme Icon
Gender and Feminism Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
...while in bed, Rosie asks Raju where he is hiding the book. Raju guesses that Mani, his secretary, has revealed the secret of the book to Rosie. Rosie wants to know... (full context)
Hypocrisy and Disguise Theme Icon
Gender and Feminism Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
...and Rosie are readying to leave for a four days’ engagement, he instructs his secretary Mani to await the arrival of the jewelry box. (full context)
Chapter 10
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Transformation and Redemption Theme Icon
Gender and Feminism Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
...when she sees him. When Raju is released and returns home, he finds everything different. Mani, his secretary, is silent. Rosie has stopped practicing. There are no visitors. As Raju had... (full context)
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Gender and Feminism Theme Icon
Tradition vs. Modernity Theme Icon
With Mani’s help, Rosie busies herself with booking engagements. Watching her, Raju becomes jealous of her self-sufficiency,... (full context)
Hypocrisy and Disguise Theme Icon
Transformation and Redemption Theme Icon
Gender and Feminism Theme Icon
Tradition vs. Modernity Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
...to argue that it was Marco himself who orchestrated the forging of the signature, but Mani’s testimony about Raju’s obsession with the arrival of the insured parcel, as well as the... (full context)
Transformation and Redemption Theme Icon
Gender and Feminism Theme Icon
Tradition vs. Modernity Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
Raju wonders whether Mani, his old secretary, has taken his place in Rosie’s life. Mani had been his only... (full context)