The Lowland

The Lowland

by

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Gauri Mitra Character Analysis

Udayan’s widow Gauri is the antagonist of the novel—a smart, aloof, and selfish woman whose unresolved grief over Udayan’s death and feelings of inadequacy as a mother ultimately result in her detaching herself from the life she has built with Subhash and Bela and moving to California, severing all contact with her second husband and daughter. After Udayan’s death, Subhash takes Gauri back to America with him and offers to raise Udayan’s unborn child as his own. Gauri’s adjustment to life in Rhode Island, though, is hampered by her traumatic experience of watching Udayan being executed right before her eyes, as well as her guilt over her own involvement in the covert CPI(ML) action that made Udayan a police target in the first place. As Gauri begins taking classes at Subhash’s university and excelling in the philosophy department, she burrows deeper into her work in order to escape the crushing duties of being married to a man she does not love and mother to a child who reminds her of the man she lost and the world she left behind. Gauri’s increasingly selfish actions, though condemnable, also allow her to finally obtain the intellectual freedom, financial independence, and physical solitude she has craved all her life.

Gauri Mitra Quotes in The Lowland

The The Lowland quotes below are all either spoken by Gauri Mitra or refer to Gauri Mitra. 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 Vintage edition of The Lowland published in 2014.
Part 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

In her cramped bedroom, setting aside his guilt, he cultivated an ongoing defiance of his parents' expectations. He was aware that he could get away with it, that it was merely the shoals of physical distance that allowed his defiance to persist. He thought of Narasimhan as an ally now; Narasimhan and his American wife. Sometimes he imagined what it would be like to lead a similar life with Holly. To live the rest of his life in America, to disregard his parents, to make his own family with her.

At the same time he knew that it was impossible. That she was an American was the least of it. Her situation, her child, her age, the fact that she was technically another man's wife, all of it would be unthinkable to his parents, unacceptable. They would judge her for those things.

He didn't want to put Holly through that. And yet he continued to see her on Fridays, forging this new clandestine path.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra, Holly, Narasimhan
Related Symbols: Udayan’s Footprints
Page Number: 92
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Part 3, Chapter 3 Quotes

Like the solution to an equation emerging bit by bit, Subhash began to perceive a turn things might take. He was already eager to leave Calcutta. There was nothing he could do for his parents. He was unable to console them. Though he'd returned to stand before them, in the end it had not mattered that he had come. But Gauri was different. Around her, he felt a shared awareness of the person they'd both loved. He thought of her remaining with his parents, living by their rules. His mother's coldness toward Gauri was insulting, but his father's passivity was just as cruel. And it wasn't simply cruelty. Their treatment of Gauri was deliberate, intended to drive her out. He thought of her becoming a mother, only to lose control of the child. He thought of the child being raised in a joyless house.

The only way to prevent it was to take Gauri away. It was all he could do to help her, the only alternative he could provide. And the only way to take her away was to marry her. To take his brother's place, to raise his child, to come to love Gauri as Udayan had. To follow him in a way that felt perverse, that felt ordained. That felt both right and wrong.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra, Udayan Mitra, Bijoli Mitra
Related Symbols: Udayan’s Footprints
Page Number: 138
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Part 4, Chapter 2 Quotes

On the dressing table was a pair of scissors that he normally kept in the kitchen drawer, along with clumps of her hair. In one corner of the floor, all of her saris, and her petticoats and blouses, were lying in ribbons and scraps of various shapes and sizes, as if an animal had shredded the fabric with its teeth and claws. He opened her drawers and saw they were empty. She had destroyed everything.

A few minutes later he heard her key in the lock. Her hair hung bluntly along her jawbone, dramatically altering her face. She was wearing slacks and a gray sweater. […] Why did you cut off your hair? I was tired of it. And your clothes? I was tired of those, too.

He watched as she went into the bedroom, not apologizing for the spectacular mess she'd made, just putting away the new clothes she'd bought, then throwing the old things into garbage bags. For the first time, he was angry at her. But he didn’t dare tell her that what she'd done was wasteful, or that he found it disturbing.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra
Page Number: 168-169
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Part 4, Chapter 6 Quotes

[Gauri] was failing at something every other woman on earth did without trying. That should not have proved a struggle. Even her own mother, who had not fully raised her, had loved her; of that there had been no doubt. But Gauri feared she had already descended to a place where it was no longer possible to swim up to Bela, to hold on to her.

Nor was her love for Udayan recognizable or intact. Anger was always mounted to it, zigzagging through her like some helplessly mating pair of insects. Anger at him for dying when he might have lived. For bringing her happiness, and then taking it away. For trusting her, only to betray her. For believing in sacrifice, only to be so selfish in the end.

She no longer searched for signs of him. The fleeting awareness that he might be in a room, looking over her shoulder as she worked at her desk, was no longer a comfort. Certain days it was possible not to think of him, to remember him. No aspect of him had traveled to America. Apart from Bela, he'd refused to join her here.

Related Characters: Gauri Mitra (speaker), Bela Mitra , Udayan Mitra
Page Number: 197
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Part 5, Chapter 3 Quotes

In the house in Rhode Island, in her room, another remnant of her mother began to reveal itself: a shadow that briefly occupied a section of her wall, in one corner, reminding Bela of her mother's profile. It was an association she noticed only after her mother was gone, and was unable thereafter to dispel.

In this shadow she saw the impression of her mother's forehead, the slope of her nose. Her mouth and chin. Its source was unknown. Some section of branch, some overhang of the roof that refracted the light, she could not be sure.

Each day the image disappeared as the sun traveled around the house; each morning it returned to the place her mother had fled. She never saw it form or fade.

In this apparition, every morning, Bela recognized her mother, and felt visited by her. It was the sort of spontaneous association one might make while looking up at a passing cloud. But in this case never breaking apart, never changing into anything else.

Related Characters: Bela Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra
Page Number: 259
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Part 5, Chapter 4 Quotes

She was establishing her existence apart from him. This was the real shock. He thought he would be the one to protect her, to reassure her. But he felt cast aside, indicted along with Gauri. He was afraid to exert his authority, his confidence as a father shaken now that he was alone.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra, Bela Mitra
Page Number: 261
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[Subhas] learned to accept [Bela] for who she was, to embrace the turn she'd taken. At times Bela's second birth felt more miraculous than the first. It was a miracle to him that she had discovered meaning in her life. That she could be resilient, in the face of what Gauri had done. That in time she had renewed, if not fully restored, her affection for him.

And yet sometimes he felt threatened, convinced that it was Udayan's inspiration; that Udayan's influence was greater. Gauri had left them, and by now Subhash trusted her to stay away. But there were times Subhash believed that Udayan would come back, claiming his place, claiming Bela from the grave as his own.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra, Bela Mitra
Page Number: 274
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Part 6, Chapter 1 Quotes

[Gauri] knew that the errors she'd made during the first years of Bela’s life were not things she could go back and fix. Her attempts kept collapsing, because the foundation was not there. Over time this feeling ate away at her, exposing only her self-interest, her ineptitude. Her inability to abide herself.

She'd convinced herself that Subhash was her rival, and that she was in competition with him for Bela, a competition that felt insulting, unjust. But of course it had not been a competition, it had been her own squandering. Her own withdrawal, covert, ineluctable. With her own hand she'd painted herself into a corner, and then out of the picture altogether.

Related Characters: Gauri Mitra (speaker), Subhash Mitra, Bela Mitra
Page Number: 280
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Part 6, Chapter 3 Quotes

Were her mother ever to stand before her, even if Bela could choose any language on earth in which to speak, she would have nothing to say.

But no, that's not true. She remains in constant communication with her. Everything in Bela's life has been a reaction. I am who I am, she would say, I live as I do because of you.

Related Characters: Bela Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra
Page Number: 316
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Part 6, Chapter 4 Quotes

The coincidence coursed through [Subhash,] numbing, bewildering. A pregnant woman, a fatherless child. Arriving in Rhode Island, needing him. It was a reenactment of Bela’s origins. A version of what had brought Gauri to him, years ago.

Related Characters: Subhash Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra, Bela Mitra
Page Number: 322
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Part 7, Chapter 1 Quotes

[Gauri’s] impressions were flickering, from a lifetime ago. But they were vivid inside Dipankar. All the names, the events of those years, were at his fingertips. […] Dipankar had studied the movement's self-defeating tactics, its lack of coordination, its unrealistic ideology. He'd understood, without ever having been a part of things, far better than Gauri, why, it had surged and failed.

Related Characters: Gauri Mitra (speaker), Dipankar Biswas
Page Number: 341
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Part 7, Chapter 5 Quotes

I’ve known for years about Udayan, she went on. I know who I am.

Now it was Gauri unable to move, unable to speak. Unable to reconcile hearing Udayan's name, coming from Bela.

And it doesn't matter. Nothing excuses what you did, Bela said.

Bela's words were like bullets. Putting an end to Udayan, silencing Gauri now.

Nothing will ever excuse it. You're not my mother. You're nothing. Can you hear me? I want you to nod if you can hear me.

There was nothing inside her. Was this what Udayan felt, in the lowland when he stood to face them, as the whole neighborhood watched? There was no one to witness what was happening now Somehow, she nodded her head.

You're as dead to me as he is. The only difference is that you left me by choice.

She was right; there was nothing to clarify, nothing more to convey.

Related Characters: Bela Mitra (speaker), Gauri Mitra, Udayan Mitra
Related Symbols: The Lowland
Page Number: 383
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Part 7, Chapter 6 Quotes

The courtyard no longer existed. […] She walked past the house, across the lane, and over toward the two ponds. She had forgotten no detail. The color and shape of the ponds clear in her mind. But the details were no longer there. Both ponds were gone. New homes filled up an area that had once been watery open.

Walking a bit farther, she saw that the lowland was also gone. That sparsely populated tract was now indistinguishable from the rest of the neighborhood, and on it more homes had been built. Scooters parked in front of doorways, laundry hung out to dry.

She wondered if any of the people she passed remembered things as she did. […] Somewhere close to where she stood, Udayan had hidden in the water. He'd been taken to an empty field. Somewhere there was a tablet with his name on it, commemorating the brief life he'd led. Or perhaps this, too, had been removed. She was unprepared for the landscape to be so altered. For there to be no trace of that evening, forty autumns ago. […] Again she remembered what Bela had said to her. That her reappearance meant nothing. That she was as dead as Udayan.

Standing there, unable to find him, she felt a new solidarity with him. The bond of not existing.

Related Characters: Gauri Mitra (speaker), Udayan Mitra
Page Number: 391
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Gauri Mitra Character Timeline in The Lowland

The timeline below shows where the character Gauri Mitra appears in The Lowland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 6
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...informs Subhash that he is married to the woman in the picture, whose name is Gauri. The two of them have kept things quiet; Gauri is a studious orphan with similar... (full context)
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Subhash destroys the letter but keeps the photo of Gauri tucked into the back of one of his textbooks. From time to time he looks... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 1
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Whenever Udayan is at Gauri’s house, studying and discussing communism with her brother Manash, Gauri stays on the balcony or... (full context)
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Gauri and Udayan’s universities are next to one another, and Gauri often finds herself looking for... (full context)
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Udayan notices that Gauri is reading Descartes and asks her about her studies in philosophy. Gauri enjoys says they... (full context)
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As Gauri tells Udayan her story, she realizes he is fascinated by the amount of autonomy she... (full context)
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Gauri and Udayan run into each other all the time, and frequently meet at one another’s... (full context)
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As Gauri and Udayan grow closer, Udayan is often pulled away because he suddenly has to be... (full context)
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One day, Gauri discovers a note in one of the books Udayan has lent her, asking her to... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2
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...though Udayan has provoked their parents, he still lives under their protection with his wife Gauri—Subhash wonders if the girl has already replaced him. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
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...brother has “traded one passion for another,” and committed fully to a quiet life with Gauri. (full context)
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Subhash joins his parents for lunch. When he asks where Gauri is, his parents tell him that she prefers to take meals in the kitchen. Subhash... (full context)
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...nap. When he wakes up and goes to the kitchen for a snack, he sees Gauri sitting there. She is dressed in a white sari—widow’s garb. Gauri tells Subhash that he... (full context)
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...to the new layout of his home and the strange ways his parents maneuver around Gauri. His parents barely even acknowledge her presence when she enters a room. Subhash himself struggles... (full context)
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Subhash’s parents refuses to tell him how Udayan was killed. Subhash later approaches Gauri, giving her a book Udayan had asked him to procure for her. He asks Gauri... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
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...of Udayan’s death. It is the week before Durga Pujo in Calcutta, and Bijoli and Gauri have hired a rickshaw to take them home from the tram depot after a day... (full context)
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Approaching the house, Gauri and Bijoli find it full of policemen. One of them points a gun at Gauri’s... (full context)
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...begin shooting members of the Mitra family if Udayan does not reveal himself. Moments later, Gauri can hear something emerging from the flooded lowland—it is Udayan. He lifts his hands above... (full context)
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After Udayan begs his parents’ forgiveness, he meets Gauri’s eyes for just a second, and then is pulled away into the van. Gauri, Bijoli,... (full context)
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The police, Gauri learns, had discovered a diary under her and Udayan’s mattress when they entered the house... (full context)
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...returned to the Mitras, and they are not told where it has been burned. As Gauri endures the ritual mourning period, she feels isolated and numb, unable to cry or grieve... (full context)
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About a month after Udayan’s death, Gauri begins feeling faint and ill. Bijoli, realizing what is going on, informs Gauri that she... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
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The day after hearing Gauri’s story of Udayan’s death, Subhash goes out into the city to the tailor to have... (full context)
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When Subhash returns home, he confronts his parents about their treatment of Gauri, shaming them for forcing her to dress in dull colors, abstain from eating fish and... (full context)
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...only destruction, and which has already effectively been dismantled. He also laments that Udayan inserted Gauri into the family, only to “strand her there.” As Subhash considers Gauri’s predicament, he realizes... (full context)
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Subhash is sick of being alone in Rhode Island—and, he admits, is attracted to Gauri. The next morning, rather than going to his parents, Subhash goes to Gauri directly. He... (full context)
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...afternoon, two policemen and an investigator arrive at the house and ask to speak to Gauri. They ask her if she is sympathetic to Udayan’s beliefs, and whether she is a... (full context)
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After the investigators leave, Subhash joins Gauri on the terrace. He asks her when the policemen will come back; Gauri says they... (full context)
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That evening, Gauri privately reflects on the investigators’ questions. She knew most people in the photographs, and though... (full context)
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The next morning, Gauri tells Subhash that he does not have to shoulder the burden of marrying her—Udayan would... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 1
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Gauri, now five months pregnant, arrives at the airport in Boston to find Subhash waiting for... (full context)
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Throughout the car ride, the baby kicks, and Gauri cannot shake the feeling that she “contain[s] a ghost.” As the couple arrives in Providence,... (full context)
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Gauri and Subhash arrive at Subhash’s apartment building. Gauri is shocked by the loose security—the flimsy... (full context)
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Gauri reflects on the days leading up to her marriage to Subhash. Her in-laws had accused... (full context)
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One weekend, Subhash takes Gauri shopping for cold-weather clothes, but she hardly uses them; she does not leave the house.... (full context)
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One afternoon, Gauri decides to go out and explore. She goes to a little grocery store near campus... (full context)
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Gauri at last begins exploring campus a little more. One day, she enters a lecture hall... (full context)
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Subhash and Gauri attend an appointment with a local obstetrician, who tells Gauri that the baby is healthy... (full context)
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Gauri and Subhash take a walk on the beach one day and discuss baby names. Subhash... (full context)
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As Subhash adjusts to life with Gauri, he notes the careful ways their routines are aligned but not intertwined. Gauri walks through... (full context)
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Subhash runs into Narasimhan, who invites Subhash and Gauri over for dinner. The night of the dinner party, Subhash and Gauri arrive at the... (full context)
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A few days later, Subhash arrives home to an empty apartment. On Gauri’s bureau are the shredded remnants of all her saris, which she has cut into scraps... (full context)
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That night, Subhash has an erotic dream about Gauri. He wakes up confused and aroused. Though they are legally married, he feels guilty for... (full context)
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As summer arrives, Gauri continues spending time on campus, enjoying the empty library now that classes have ended. Each... (full context)
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...is an “imposter.” One night, while attending to Bela, Subhash sits down with her on Gauri’s bed and falls asleep. When he wakes up, it is morning and Gauri is nursing... (full context)
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...her life that has become before the present moment. Bela is a precocious child, and Gauri often finds herself losing her patience with her daughter. One day, when Gauri is zipping... (full context)
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After dropping Bela at school, Gauri goes to the library each day to read. She is becoming more and more engaged... (full context)
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Each day at noon, Gauri collects Bela from nursery school. Subhash is attending a postdoctoral program fifty miles away and... (full context)
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Subhash reflects on his own marriage—though he and Gauri share a bed and though Gauri does not complain aloud, he knows that she is... (full context)
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...beach, and as he watches other families play together on the shore, he realizes he, Gauri, and Bela have never been on a vacation. He thinks about all the other things... (full context)
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Bela demands to be played with more and more often. Gauri sometimes indulges her daughter, but never wholeheartedly engages in play, reading, or games. She begins... (full context)
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Gauri broaches the topic of hiring a babysitter for Bela so that she can take a... (full context)
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On days she is home with Bela, Gauri feels entwined but alone, and is often unaware of time passing. The simple tasks of... (full context)
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Gauri berates herself for “failing at something every other woman on earth [does] without trying,” and... (full context)
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At the end of the semester, Gauri’s philosophy professor, a man named Otto Weiss, calls her into his office to discuss her... (full context)
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Otto tells Gauri that she belongs in a doctoral program—they do not offer one at this university, but... (full context)
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Each morning, Gauri watches as Bela walks down the lawn at the front of the apartment complex to... (full context)
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Though Gauri knows Bela’s words were part of a tantrum, they haunt her all day. That night,... (full context)
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...home early to find Bela playing in a pillow fort alone; she tells him that Gauri is out getting the mail, but Subhash knows he did not see Gauri down at... (full context)
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Over the next few months, Subhash turns away from Gauri. In the spring, Gauri is admitted to a doctoral program in Boston, with a fellowship... (full context)
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...has added to the sense of loss Bijoli feels—not to mention his controversial marriage to Gauri. Because Subhash and Gauri have stayed away from Calcutta for twelve years now, Bijoli feels... (full context)
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...and Subhash show Bijoli pictures of their lives in Rhode Island. When Bijoli asks why Gauri is not in any of the photos, Subhash answers that Gauri doesn’t like to pose... (full context)
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...come unlock the door. The house is dark—there is no food in the fridge, and Gauri does not answer their calls. Bela walks through the house, looking for her mother; when... (full context)
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Gauri’s letter—written in Bengali, to avoid Bela’s reading it—explains that she has left. She had been... (full context)
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...reels as he struggles to understand what has happened. Despite the awkwardness between him and Gauri, and the false nature of their arrangement, she had never expressed a desire to leave;... (full context)
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In the weeks after Gauri’s disappearance, Bela notices that a shadow in the corner of the room resembles her mother’s... (full context)
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Subhash and Bela adjust to life in the wake of Gauri’s abandonment. Bela is entering the seventh grade and is maturing into a young woman. She... (full context)
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...herself, balancing on the guardrail beside the shoulder lane. The guidance counselor suggests Subhash and Gauri come in for a meeting. When Subhash tells the guidance counselor that Gauri no longer... (full context)
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...progress with him, either. One afternoon, Subhash asks Bela if she would like to write Gauri a letter. She says no, and then begins weeping. (full context)
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...Bela carries disdain for Subhash’s own life within the walls of a university—not to mention Gauri’s faraway position as a teacher at a college as well. (full context)
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...all the turns her life has taken. He admires her resilience in the face of Gauri’s abandonment. Sometimes, Subhash worries about Udayan’s influence on Bela—though it is irrational, he fears that... (full context)
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Gauri has a dream—or a nightmare—of sitting in her and Udayan’s bedroom in Tollygunge with Udayan.... (full context)
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When Gauri first arrived in California, it was the living that haunted her—not the dead. She feared... (full context)
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Gauri left because she felt she had made errors during the early years of Bela’s life... (full context)
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After moving around California to take various teaching jobs over the years, Gauri has at last settled in Southern California, where she teaches philosophy and forges close relationships... (full context)
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Gauri has lived a mostly isolated life and has steered clear of romance and physical intimacy... (full context)
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Gauri lives a simple life; she owns few things and sticks to a strict routine. She... (full context)
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One afternoon, Gauri receives a piece of patio furniture she’d ordered out of a catalog. When she removes... (full context)
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Gauri knows that what she has done to Bela is “a crime worse than anything Udayan... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 3
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...different pace, yet going home to Rhode Island always fills her with painful memories of Gauri. Everything in Bela’s life, she thinks, has been a reaction to Gauri’s abandonment; she lives... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 4
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...Calcutta he would be arranging a marriage for her. He ultimately realizes that he and Gauri have set a poor example for Bela, where relationships are concerned; theirs is a “family... (full context)
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...connection. Bela is relieved to at last have an explanation, to some degree, for why Gauri abandoned her, but deeply disoriented and confused by the sudden presence of a “third parent.”... (full context)
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...from Bela for several days. He wonders if she has gone to California to track Gauri down, and soon convinces himself that this is what his daughter has done. Subhash, exhausted,... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 1
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Gauri sits on her patio in California, eating toast and fruit and clicking around the internet... (full context)
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Sometimes Gauri performs an internet search for Subhash—she has read PDF files of articles he’s coauthored and... (full context)
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Gauri has heard from Manash via email, and the two of them have established a correspondence.... (full context)
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One day, Gauri receives an email from a Bengali student of hers from many years ago; his name... (full context)
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Dipankar assures Gauri that her involvement doesn’t matter—he just wants to know what the atmosphere was like. Gauri... (full context)
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Dipankar tells Gauri that he is planning to visit Calcutta to do some on-the-ground research, and laments that... (full context)
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Gauri cannot stop thinking of the image for several days and finds that it stirs up... (full context)
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Gauri has a colleague help her go to the pharmacy and pick up her prescriptions, and... (full context)
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Gauri returns from her vacation and begins physical therapy sessions for her wrist; over the course... (full context)
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Gauri pauses, considering her painful and warped wrist. She resumes reading the letter. Subhash writes that... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 2
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Gauri remembers the early days of 1970—the time of her marriage to Udayan, or, rather, of... (full context)
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Gauri and Udayan return to the home of Udayan’s parents, where Gauri paints the part of... (full context)
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At first, Gauri and Udayan share a normal life, going on evening walks together and settling into his... (full context)
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Shortly after their first wedding anniversary, Udayan arranges a tutoring job for Gauri. She is to help a brother and sister in a nearby town pass their Sanskrit... (full context)
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As Gauri’s students study ancient, sacred Hindu texts, Gauri half-listens, watching for the policeman each afternoon. One... (full context)
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The week before going to America to live with Subhash, Gauri returns to Jadavpur—the neighborhood where she’d tutored the brother and sister. As she walks down... (full context)
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...to Meghna. Bela at last tells Drew the truth about her mother and explains that Gauri’s abandonment is the reason she has never stayed with just one person or in just... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 4
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Gauri, having just flown into Boston, is driving to Providence. The roads, which she used to... (full context)
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Despite Subhash’s letter implying that he would be open to meeting with Gauri face-to-face, she has not asked or warned him that she was going to come. She... (full context)
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In the morning, Gauri checks out of the inn and drives back to Subhash’s. Gauri marvels at how a... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 5
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...not see Drew’s car parked there.When she opens the door, she is shocked to see Gauri standing in front of her. The two women are the same height now, and as... (full context)
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Bela lets Gauri in, and the three of them sit in the living room. Gauri asks if Meghna... (full context)
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Meghna, disinterested, goes back to coloring. In the wake of Bela’s shocking answer, Gauri realizes how deep and impenetrable the abyss between her and her daughter is. Though Bela... (full context)
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Overwhelmed by the failure of her visit and the effort of her journey, Gauri says she’ll be on her way. Bela puts a jacket and a pair of shoes... (full context)
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Gauri silently takes Bela’s vitriol until Meghna knocks at the back door with her flowers. Bela... (full context)
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As soon as Gauri is out of the house, Bela opens the envelope and checks for the signatures. Though... (full context)
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As Bela listens to the sound of Gauri’s car driving away, she feels strange—she has dreamed so many times of her mother’s return,... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 6
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Gauri arrives back in Calcutta—which is called Kolkata now, to reflect the Bengali pronunciation of the... (full context)
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When Gauri had arrived in London earlier, she didn’t leave the airport. She went to the booking... (full context)
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Gauri wakes early the next morning, before the sun is up. She showers, dresses, and makes... (full context)
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Gauri gets back in her hired car and asks the driver to take her to Tollygunge.... (full context)
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Gauri shamefully recalls her involvement in Nirmal Dey’s death—the death which marked Udayan as a target.... (full context)
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Back at the guesthouse, Gauri has a dream of Udayan—she remembers, in sleep, the night before the police came for... (full context)
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The next morning, Gauri wakes up and steps out onto the balcony off her bedroom. She watches the dawn,... (full context)
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Gauri continues to watch the street fill with people as morning begins. Abha approaches the inn,... (full context)
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Several months later, Gauri is back in California. She receives a letter from Rhode Island. It is written in... (full context)
Part 8, Chapter 2
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...water with his hands above his head, he is disappointed to realize that Bijoli and Gauri have returned from shopping to witness his capture. (full context)
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...grew increasingly dangerous, Udayan “began living two lives.” In one life, he was married to Gauri, living with his parents, working as a teacher, and pretending that the movement was behind... (full context)
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...to beg at his family’s feet for their forgiveness and is able to look only Gauri in the eye. He knows that he has used her and involved her in his... (full context)
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...only silence as he is pulled out of the world. He is not alone, though; Gauri is in front of him, in the peach-colored sari she wore to meet him at... (full context)