The Guide

by

R. K. Narayan

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Velan’s Brother Character Analysis

A rather dull-witted 21-year-old who goes to inform Raju that his brother Velan has been injured in a fight, which has broken out as a result of a drought that afflicts the villagers. In relaying Raju’s words back to village elders, Velan’s brother muddles up the message, inadvertently communicating to the villagers that Raju has undertaken to fast until rains arrive.

Velan’s Brother Quotes in The Guide

The The Guide quotes below are all either spoken by Velan’s Brother or refer to Velan’s Brother. 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 6 Quotes

Did they expect him to starve for fifteen days and stand in knee-deep water for eight hours? He sat up.

Related Characters: Raju, The Villagers, Velan’s Brother
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 85
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Velan’s Brother Character Timeline in The Guide

The timeline below shows where the character Velan’s Brother appears in The Guide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
The day after the fight, Velan’s brother comes to Raju to inform him that Velan has been injured. Raju is not sure... (full context)
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Tradition vs. Modernity Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
Velan’s brother finds a gathering of village elders discussing the drought and the recent fight with the... (full context)
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Transformation and Redemption Theme Icon
Tradition vs. Modernity Theme Icon
Greed and Materialism Theme Icon
...watch over Raju—that this is the least he can do—and he tells Raju that his brother has told the villagers that Raju is prepared to fast. Raju remembers that he has... (full context)