The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

The judge’s only friend after he graduates from Cambridge. Bose is Indian, but also strove to rid himself of his Indian culture in the hopes of being accepted by the British. When he and the judge reunite for a final lunch, however, Bose has come to realize how mistaken they were to idolize a culture that oppressed them so thoroughly.

Bose Quotes in The Inheritance of Loss

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Chapter 32 Quotes

He thought of how the English government and its civil servants had sailed away throwing their topis overboard, leaving behind only those ridiculous Indians who couldn’t rid themselves of what they had broken their souls to learn.

Related Characters: The Judge / Jemubhai, Bose
Page Number: 224
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The man with the white curly wig and a dark face covered in powder, bringing down his hammer, always against the native, in a world that was still colonial.

Related Characters: The Judge / Jemubhai, Bose
Related Symbols: The Powder Puff
Page Number: 224
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Chapter 18
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...hundred pounds a year. At his new boardinghouse, he found his only friend in England: Bose. Bose was a fellow Indian student who had been chosen for the ICS, and who... (full context)
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At the end of their probation, the judge and Bose swore to obey His Majesty and went back to India. On the train home, the... (full context)
Chapter 32
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The judge remembers his final conversation with his friend Bose, which had been thirty-three years after they had last seen each other in person. It... (full context)
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Bose had been one of the ICS men who mounted a court case to win a... (full context)
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Bose pressed the issue, exclaiming that white people were responsible for all the crimes of the... (full context)
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Bose had asked if he and the judge were still friends. The judge responded that things... (full context)