Moyna is Fokir's wife and a trainee nurse at the Lusibari hospital. Though she loves Fokir, she also finds him difficult and exasperating. She thinks little of his work as a fisherman, as she believes there's no future in it, and she believes he can't keep up with her ambition—she desperately wants to be a nurse. The two married in the first place because Moyna's parents insisted she marry. Moyna has a nuanced grasp of how the world works, which piques Kanai's interest as he recognizes his own drive and outlook on life in her. Moyna fears throughout the novel that Fokir and Piya are engaging in a romantic relationship, but feels as though she's unable to talk to Fokir about it herself. Though Moyna is distraught after Fokir's death, she and Piya form a strange friendship in the weeks following and Piya even plans to employ Moyna as an office employee for her conservation project.
Moyna Quotes in The Hungry Tide
The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Moyna or refer to Moyna. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of The Hungry Tide published in 2006.).
Part 1: Moyna Quotes
"Why else?" she said. "Because there's a lot of money in prawns and the traders had paid off the politicians. What do they care—or the politicians, for that matter? It's people like us who're going to suffer and it's up to us to think ahead."
Moyna Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide
The timeline below shows where the character Moyna appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Trust
...tells Kanai that dinner will be upstairs for him, courtesy of a nurse trainee named Moyna. Upon hearing her name, the van's driver tells Nilima that Moyna is frantically searching for... (full context)
Part 1: The Letter
Part 1: The Boat
Part 1: Moyna
Part 1: A Disturbance
Part 2: Landfall
Part 2: Catching Up
Part 2: Negotiations
Part 2: A Sunset
...feel genuine sympathy for her but not for Fokir. Kanai explains he's sympathetic instead to Moyna, who's ambitious but feels held back by her husband. Piya teases Kanai about liking Moyna... (full context)
Part 2: A Pilgrimage
Part 2: Words
Part 2: Leaving Lusibari
Part 2: Signs
Part 2: Lights
Part 2: A Gift
Part 2: Losses
Part 2: Going Ashore
...he sees people heading for the hospital's cyclone shelter. He notices Tutul and asks about Moyna, who suddenly appears. He tells her that Fokir is still at Garjontola and assures her... (full context)
Part 2: The Day After
Home: An Epilogue
...in the guesthouse, she was an unnerving presence and had made a strange friendship with Moyna. She'd even begun wearing Moyna's old saris, and the two women looked uncannily alike after... (full context)