The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

Father Booty Character Analysis

Another of the judge’s neighbors, Father Booty is a Swiss priest who runs a dairy farm. It is implied that he is in some kind of relationship with Uncle Potty. Over the course of the novel, it is discovered that Father Booty is actually in India illegally, and should not own property. He is told he must leave the country immediately, and so he becomes an odd and accidental victim of the GNLF movement.
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Father Booty Character Timeline in The Inheritance of Loss

The timeline below shows where the character Father Booty appears in The Inheritance of Loss. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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...neighbor is Uncle Potty, a gentleman farmer and an alcoholic. There is also his friend Father Booty , who runs a Swiss dairy, and who drinks each night with Uncle Potty. Lower... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...stops at Uncle Potty’s for a torch to light her way home. Uncle Potty and Father Booty tease her about Gyan. When she reaches Cho Oyu, she discovers the cook waiting for... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...for a winter coat. The house grows cold but remains damp. At Christmas, Sai joins Father Booty , Uncle Potty, Lola, and Noni at Mon Ami. They drink and sing, eat soup,... (full context)
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...They would stay in fortresses called dzongs, which had been built without a single nail. Father Booty chimes in, remembering the baths in the fortresses, which were made of hollowed-out tree trunks... (full context)
Chapter 31
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In March, Father Booty , Uncle Potty, Noni, Lola, and Sai take the Swiss Dairy jeep to exchange their... (full context)
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Father Booty , Uncle Potty, Noni, Lola, and Sai begin to hear a procession in the street,... (full context)
Chapter 33
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On the day of the library trip, Lola, Noni, Father Booty , Uncle Potty, and Sai try to find another restaurant to eat lunch. They go... (full context)
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Father Booty walks around and spots a butterfly. He grabs his camera and takes a picture of... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...but the camera is not, as the picture appears to be focused on the bridge. Father Booty apologizes, but the police don’t listen. They visit his home and turn everything upside down,... (full context)
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Father Booty tries to find people to help him, particularly those who made regular trips to his... (full context)
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Father Booty isn’t comforted by Uncle Potty’s assurance, since Potty is undependable and an alcoholic. Sai grows... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...refuses to admit the real reason why she came, and so instead she brings up Father Booty . (full context)
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Sai accuses Gyan of what the Nepalis are doing, saying that it is their fault Father Booty was thrown out of India. Gyan asks if Nepalis should continue to sit miserably so... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...Uncle Potty wakes from a stupor, he will realize he’s signed away his property and Father Booty ’s to new owners. Lola and Noni’s lives would continue unimpeded, and Lola’s daughter will... (full context)