The Guide


R. K. Narayan

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Raju’s Uncle Character Analysis

Elder brother to Raju’s mother, Raju’s uncle arrives in Malgudi to set his nephew straight, once the latter ruins his father’s railway shop business and takes up with Rosie, whom he also invites to live with him and his mother. Strong-willed, confrontational, and embodying strong principles of caste and family honor, Raju’s uncle acts as a support to his sister, providing her with shelter once her son refuses to follow her counsel.

Raju’s Uncle Quotes in The Guide

The The Guide quotes below are all either spoken by Raju’s Uncle or refer to Raju’s Uncle. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Guide published in 1958.
Chapter 8 Quotes

“You are not of our family? Are you of our clan?” He again waited for her to answer and answered himself. “No. Are you of our caste? No. Our class? No. Do we know you? No. Do you belong to this house? No. In that case, why are you here? After all, you are a dancing girl. We do not admit them in our families. Understand?”

Related Characters: Raju (speaker), Raju’s Uncle (speaker), Rosie / Nalini, Raju’s Mother
Page Number: 133
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Raju’s Uncle Character Timeline in The Guide

The timeline below shows where the character Raju’s Uncle appears in The Guide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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Raju’s uncle —his mother’s eldest brother—appears unexpectedly one day at the house. The uncle castigates Raju. When... (full context)
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The next morning, Raju’s uncle renews the fight by saying that the train is arriving in an hour and he... (full context)