The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Changez, the protagonist of the novel, is a Pakistani man who went to college in Princeton, and who narrates the story of his time in the United States to the Stranger. For most of the novel, he loves the United States and works hard to be accepted by his American friends and colleagues while working at a New York financial firm. Yet, after 9/11 changes his perspective and he faces increasing racism and discrimination, and as his relationship with the beautiful American Erica is thwarted by Erica’s obsession with her dead former boyfriend Chris, he eventually becomes disillusioned with his adopted country, viewing it as a danger to the rest of the world. Changez then leaves America and returns to Pakistan, where he becomes an anti-US lecturer. Throughout Changez’s narration he sometimes addresses the Stranger directly, and these interactions are never entirely clear; Changez’s tone hovers between concern, politeness, and care, and a kind of over-solicitous menace (which one might also say accurately describes his feelings for the US at this point of his life). Ultimately, though, the novel ends without revealing whether or not Changez can be trusted, both as a narrator and as a friend to the Stranger, whether Changez has come to his anti-US views while still to an extent loving America, or whether he has become a terrorist. There is a sense in the cliffhanger ending, which seems poised on a knife’s edge between cementing a friendship between Changez and the Stranger or descending into violence, that Changez is in that moment choosing his own path.

Changez Quotes in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The The Reluctant Fundamentalist quotes below are all either spoken by Changez or refer to Changez. 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard; I am a lover of America.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), The Stranger
Page Number: 1
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“… I get where you’re coming from Changez. You’re hungry, and that’s a good thing in my book.”

Related Characters: Jim (speaker), Changez
Related Symbols: Underwood Samson
Page Number: 9
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Chapter 2 Quotes

I … found myself wondering by what quirk of human history my companions — many of whom I would have regarded as upstarts in my own country, so devoid of refinement were they — were in a position to conduct themselves in the world as though they were its ruling class.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), Mike, Chuck
Page Number: 21
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When my turn came, I said I hoped one day to be the dictator of an Islamic republic with nuclear capability; the other appeared shocked, and I was forced to explain that I had been joking. Erica alone smiled; she seemed to understand my sense of humor.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), Erica, Mike, Chuck
Page Number: 29
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Chapter 3 Quotes

I was, in four and a half years, never an America; I was immediately a New Yorker.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 33
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Four thousand years ago, we, the people of the Indus River basin, had cities that were laid out on grids and boasted underground sewers, while the ancestors of those who would invade and colonize America were illiterate barbarians. Now our cities were largely unplanned, unsanitary affairs, and America had universities with individual endowments greater than our national budget for education. To be reminded of this vast disparity was, for me, to be ashamed.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 34
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I was aware of an advantage conferred upon me by my foreignness, and I tried to utilize it as much as I could.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), Jim
Page Number: 42
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“I’m more unsettled than nervous,” she said. “It’s like I’m an oyster. I’ve had this sharp speck inside me for a long time, and I’ve been trying to make it more comfortable, so slowly I’ve turned it into a peal. But now it’s finally being taken out, and just as it’s going I’m realizing there’s a gap being left behind.”

Related Characters: Erica (speaker), Changez, Chris
Page Number: 51
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Chapter 5 Quotes

… I did something in Manila I had never done before: I attempted to act and speak, as much as my dignity would permit, more like an American.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 65
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I stared as one — and then the other — of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapses. And then I smiled. Yes, despicable as it may sound, my initial reaction was to be remarkably pleased.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 72
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Chapter 6 Quotes

They all seemed to proclaim: We are America — not New York, which, in my opinion, means something quite different — the mightiest civilization the world has ever known; you have slighted us, beware our wrath.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 79
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Chapter 7 Quotes

I wonder now, sir, whether I believed at all in the firmness of the foundations of the new life I was attempting to construct for myself in New York. Certainly I wanted to believe; at least I wanted not to disbelieve with such intensity that I prevented myself as much as was possible from making the obvious connection between the crumbling of the world around me and the impending destruction of my personal American dream.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), The Stranger
Page Number: 93
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“The economy’s an animal,” Jim continued. “It evolves. First it needed muscle. Now all the blood it could spare was rushing to its brain. That’s where I wanted to be. In finance. In the coordination business. And that’s where you are. You’re blood brought from some part of the body that the species doesn’t need anymore. The tailbone. Like me.”

Related Characters: Jim (speaker), Changez
Page Number: 97
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“Are you missing Chris?” She nodded, and I saw tears begin to force themselves between her lashes. “Then pretend,” I said, “pretend I am him.” I do not know why I said it; I felt overcome and it seemed, suddenly, a possible way forward.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), Erica, Chris
Page Number: 105
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Chapter 8 Quotes

America, too, was descending into a dangerous nostalgia at that time. There was something undeniably retro about the flags and uniforms, about generals addressing cameras in war rooms and newspaper headlines featuring such words as duty and honor. I had always thought of America as a nation that looked forward; for the first time I was struck by its determination to look back.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 115
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I can assure you that everything I have told you thus far happened, for all intents and purposes, more or less as I have described.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), The Stranger
Page Number: 118
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I sat on the airplane next to a man who removed his shoes — much to my dismay — and who said, after praying in the aisle, that nuclear annihilation would not be avoided if it was God’s will, but God’s will in this matter was as yet unknown. He offered me a kindly smile, and I suspected that his purpose in making this remark was to reassure me.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 122
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Chapter 9 Quotes

I had changed; I was looking about me with the eyes of a foreigner, and not just any foreigner, but that particular type of entitled and unsympathetic American who so annoyed me when I encountered him in the classrooms and workplaces of your country’s elite … I resolved to exorcise the unwelcome sensibility by which I had become possessed.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 124
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I know only that I did not wish to blend in with the army of clean-shaven youngsters who were my coworkers, and that inside me, or multiple reasons, I was deeply angry.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Related Symbols: Underwood Samson
Page Number: 130
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Chapter 10 Quotes

I too had previously derived comfort from my firm’s exhortations to focus intensely on work, but now I saw that in this constant striving to realize a financial future, no thought was given to the critical personal and political issues that affect one’s emotional present. In other words, my blinders were coming off, and I was dazzled and rendered immobile by the sudden broadening of my arc of vision.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Related Symbols: Underwood Samson
Page Number: 145
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There really could be no doubt; I was a modern-day janissary, a servant of the American empire at a time when it was invading a country with kinship to mine and was perhaps even colluding to ensure that my own country faced the threat of war. Of course I was struggling! Of course I felt torn!

Related Characters: Changez (speaker)
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 11 Quotes

It seemed to me then — and to be honest, sir, seems to me still — that America was engaging only in posturing. As a society, you were unwilling to reflect upon the shared pain that united you with those who attacked you. You retreated into myths of your own difference, assumptions of your own superiority … Such an America had to be stopped in the interests not only of the rest of humanity, but also in your own.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), The Stranger
Page Number: 167
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Not, of course, that I actually believe I am having a relationship, in the normal sense of the term, with Erica at this moment, or that she will one day appear, smiling and bent against the weight of her backpack, to surprise me on my doorstep. But I am still young and see no need to marry another, and for now I am content to wait.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), Erica
Page Number: 176
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I can assure you that I am a believer in non-violence; the spilling of blood is abhorrent to me, save in self-defense … I can see from your expression that you do not believe me. No matter, I am confident of the truth of my words.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), The Stranger
Page Number: 181
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But why are you reaching into your jacket, sir? I detect a glint of metal. Given that you and I are now bound by a certain shared intimacy, I trust it is from the holder of your business cards.

Related Characters: Changez (speaker), The Stranger
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 1
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In the Old Anarkali in Lahore, Pakistan, a Pakistani man, Changez, approaches a muscular, well-dressed man, the Stranger, without introducing himself or giving his name. Changez... (full context)
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Changez asks why the Stranger has come to Old Anarkali, and suggests an answer: he’s come... (full context)
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While at first Changez is dazzled by Princeton’s bright students and old-fashioned architecture, he quickly realizes that his college... (full context)
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The great success of Princeton University, Changez explains, is that it attracts the world’s most brilliant minds to the United States, offers... (full context)
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As Changez and the Stranger sit in the café, a waiter comes to their table who, Changez... (full context)
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Changez is nervous for his job interview with Underwood Samson. His interviewer, Jim, is well-built –... (full context)
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When Changez, irritated by the personal questions, asks Jim what he’s getting at, Jim smiles and says... (full context)
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Changez takes a moment to explain his financial situation to the Stranger more precisely. His family... (full context)
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At the café, the waiter brings tea, and Changez says that the Stranger seems suspicious again, refusing to add sugar to his tea, or... (full context)
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Changez resumes telling the Stranger about his job interview. Jim gives him a difficult problem to... (full context)
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In spite of his mistake, Changez succeeds in gaining a job offer from Jim, since his approach to solving the problem... (full context)
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Back in Pakistan, the Stranger has finished his drink. Changez muses that Princeton changed him, but couldn’t make him forget Pakistan’s tea, of which he... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Changez points out a group of young women wearing Western clothing. He says they’re attractive, and... (full context)
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Changez meets Erica the summer after they graduate from Princeton. Changez’s college soccer friend, Chuck, invites... (full context)
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...her chair; Erica doesn’t ask him to remove it, but, she maintains eye contact with Changez for most of the meal, much to his delight. After dinner, Mike and Erica spend... (full context)
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Erica tells Changez that she’d like to be alone in Greece, writing, but that she isn’t good at... (full context)
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While he waits for another time to be alone with Erica, Changez enjoys his vacation to Greece, especially since he has never seen the ocean, or Europe,... (full context)
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Changez gradually realizes how difficult it is to catch Erica on her own — she’s always... (full context)
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Back in Lahore, Changez observes that the Stranger hasn’t been paying attention to his story; he’s too distracted by... (full context)
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Changez and his classmates come to the end of their trip on the island of Rhodes,... (full context)
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On their bus ride into Rhodes, Changez notices that Erica is sitting very close to him. In Lahore, Changez tells the Stranger... (full context)
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Changez tries to make conversation by asking Erica about the men’s shirt she’s wearing, which is... (full context)
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When their bus arrives at its destination, Erica and Changez have a beer together, and she asks him about Pakistan. Changez tells her about the... (full context)
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Erica shows Changez the leather notebook she writes in, and asks him to show her Urdu writing. He... (full context)
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Erica tells Changez more about Chris. Both he and Erica were only children, and best friends from an... (full context)
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Later, Erica and Changez join the rest of their group for dinner, Erica sits near Changez. Chuck does amusing... (full context)
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Changez and Erica aren’t physically intimate in Greece, but Erica gives Changez her number, since they’re... (full context)
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Changez notices that the Stranger’s mobile phone is ringing. He encourages the Stranger to answer it,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Changez tells the Stranger that he seems uncomfortable, and compares the way he looks around the... (full context)
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At first, Changez finds New York City to be almost like home, since the cab drivers speak Urdu,... (full context)
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On his first day at Underwood Samson, Changez is overwhelmed by the view from the lobby, located high in a skyscraper. America is... (full context)
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Sherman, one of Underwood Samson’s vice presidents, explains to Changez and the five other new employees that Underwood Samson is a meritocracy. The trainees have... (full context)
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For the next few months, Changez, Wainwright, and the other trainees take complicated classes designed to give them a year’s worth... (full context)
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Changez enjoys the excitement of his financial training. He also feels especially powerful when the firm... (full context)
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Later that night, Changez and Wainwright, having gotten drunk with the other trainees on Underwood Samson’s dollar, share a... (full context)
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Wainwright and Changez are hungry, so they go to the Punjab deli where Changez received a free meal... (full context)
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In Lahore, Changez asks the Stranger why he is recoiling from the beggar soliciting him for money, and... (full context)
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In the following weeks of training, Changez begins sizing up his new colleagues. Wainwright is laid back, funny, popular, and a clear... (full context)
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Changez notices signals that he is doing well at Underwood Samson. When it’s time for the... (full context)
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Jim’s party is extremely luxurious. While Wainwright enjoys himself, Changez steps outside and watches the waves crash on the beach. He thinks how strange it... (full context)
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While Changez is watching the waves, Jim approaches him, and recalls his first Underwood Samson party at... (full context)
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When the analyst training program ends, Changez learns from Jim that he is ranked first in his class, and that his instructors... (full context)
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While he was overjoyed at the time, Changez tells the Stranger, his world would soon change. He encourages the Stranger to notice how... (full context)
Chapter 4
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The Stranger has noticed the scar on Changez’s arm, Changez says. The scar, which is darker but also smoother than his skin, looks... (full context)
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...the merchants selling their products in the outdoor market turn on colorful electric lights, prompting Changez to remember the colors of the Empire State Building at night. While he works for... (full context)
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Changez’s first New York encounter with Erica takes place at her apartment on the posh Upper... (full context)
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Erica welcomes Changez to her family’s apartment, located on the top floor of the building. Changez notices that... (full context)
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Erica shows Changez an envelope containing a manuscript that she plans to send to an agent tomorrow. She... (full context)
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Changez notices a sketch hanging on the wall in Erica’s room; Erica explains that Chris, inspired... (full context)
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Erica shows Changez the rest of her apartment, including a terrace with a beautiful view of the city,... (full context)
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Back in Lahore, Changez explains to the Stranger that the attitude toward alcohol in Pakistan is roughly similar to... (full context)
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For the most part, Changez’s meal with Erica’s family goes well. One awkward moment comes when Erica’s father asks Changez... (full context)
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After dinner, Erica and Changez travel downtown to Chelsea to attend a party at an art gallery. Even though their... (full context)
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At the gallery, Changez experiences the trendy, minimalist styles of New York City. Mingling with artists in “outrageous” clothing,... (full context)
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Changez accompanies Erica to parties, restaurants, and galleries, but always with other friends. He notices that... (full context)
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The weekend before Changez leaves for the Philippines to assist Underwood Samson with the music business, Erica invites him... (full context)
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While Changez is telling the Stranger about Erica, the lights suddenly go out in the café. The... (full context)
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The lights return as suddenly as they disappeared. Changez scolds the Stranger for jumping up so quickly, as if he were a mouse about... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Bats begin to gather in the square; the Stranger says they’re “creepy,” a word Changez finds delightful, and highly American, though he disagrees with using it to describe the bats.... (full context)
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Changez flies first-class to Manila in the Philippines. He is feeling self-satisfied, a feeling that will... (full context)
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Changez expects Manila to be as run-down as Lahore, but instead finds a city with both... (full context)
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...colorful musician who, in spite of his hippie demeanor, claims to have become hugely successful. Changez and his colleagues set to work measuring the profitability of the company. Changez visits the... (full context)
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One day, in a limousine, Changez notices a jeepney (a kind of public bus) driver staring at him angrily from outside... (full context)
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Changez receives many emails from Erica during his time in Manila. The messages, which Changez treasures... (full context)
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At the end of Changez’s time in Manila, Jim flies in to evaluate his work. Jim tells Changez that his... (full context)
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Changez tries to connect with Jim’s sense of outsiderness. Though he didn’t grow up in poverty,... (full context)
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Changez hesitates to continue telling the Stranger about his experiences; he says that he is afraid... (full context)
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On his final evening in the Philippines, Changez turns on the television and sees what he thinks at first is a film, but... (full context)
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...unable to fly back to the United States because so many flights are cancelled. When Changez does eventually go to the airport to fly back to New York, armed airport guards... (full context)
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When Changez’s flight arrives in the United States, he is again separated from the other passengers. An... (full context)
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Changez notes that the Stranger is flinching, perhaps because of the bats. Changez assures the Stranger... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Changez observes that the Stranger is hesitating to explain who he is, and comments that the... (full context)
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Changez observes the strangeness of having a romantic meal while eating dead animals, and wonders if... (full context)
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After 9/11, Changez notices a spike in American patriotism. Although in the past New York City had its... (full context)
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Changez meets Erica shortly after he returns from the Philippines. She seems older, he notes, but... (full context)
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Changez tells Erica that his aunt went insane and never married again after her husband died,... (full context)
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Changez is flattered that Erica tells him about Chris, but worried that she will never move... (full context)
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Changez takes Erica back to his apartment, which is far smaller than hers, and she falls... (full context)
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Erica continues to invite Changez to parties and fundraisers, where he feels that his poise, education, and employment at Underwood... (full context)
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Changez is attracted to Erica, but feels protective around her. He notices that she seems lonely... (full context)
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...short, Erica is delighted at this step in becoming a writer. To celebrate, Erica and Changez go to his flat. They both sense that their time at the flat will be... (full context)
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At Changez’s apartment, Changez and Erica drink champagne, and Erica asks Changez if he wants to see... (full context)
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Erica tells Changez that he is the only man she has been with other than Chris. Since Chris’s... (full context)
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Erica asks Changez about his experiences with women, and he admits that he never had sex before coming... (full context)
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Changez observes that the Stranger is looking at him oddly. He asks if the Stranger finds... (full context)
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In the aftermath of 9/11, America seems to him to become aggressively patriotic and nationalistic. Changez hears rumors of violent attacks on Muslims and Pakistani men in the city, but is... (full context)
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At Underwood Samson, Jim, still very impressed with Changez, assigns him a new project at a cable company in New Jersey. The company has... (full context)
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Jim advises Changez not to be concerned. He remembers living through the 70s, when the economy was bad,... (full context)
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Changez that many of the people who will be fired at the company in New Jersey... (full context)
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Shortly after Erica and Changez try to have sex for the first time, the United States begins bombing Afghanistan. Changez... (full context)
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In Lahore, Changez suggests that he and the Stranger order dinner. The Stranger says he would prefer to... (full context)
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Changez sees Erica a few days after the bombings in Afghanistan, and notices that she looks... (full context)
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Changez and Erica go back to his apartment. He tries to kiss her, but she doesn’t... (full context)
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After Erica and Changez make love, she tells him that he is a kind person. Changez feels satisfied but... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Erica leaves Changez’s apartment before he wakes up; he doesn’t see her for a few days, but eventually... (full context)
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Changez asks Erica about her novel, and she begins to cry: she can’t find the energy... (full context)
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The Stranger’s cell phone beeps, and Changez comments that he has been called exactly every hour. While the Stranger sends a text,... (full context)
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Irritated with the nostalgia of Erica and America, Changez turns to Underwood Samson, which is never nostalgic, since it looks to the future. Because... (full context)
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One day, on the street, two strangers harass Changez and call him a “fucking Arab.” Changez is furious, and wants to fight them both,... (full context)
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One evening, Jim suggests that Changez come to his apartment. Changez notices the large number of photographs of male nudes on... (full context)
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Changez’s happiness about his bonus is limited when he learns that Pakistan might soon go to... (full context)
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The Stranger and Changez’s food arrives, and Changez warns the Stranger not to try the yogurt since it is... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The Stranger asks for a fork, but Changez suggests that he use his hands, since he and Changez have spent hours together and... (full context)
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On his trip back to Pakistan, Changez returns to Lahore and initially thinks that the city looks run-down. Then, he realizes that... (full context)
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Changez is happy to reunite with his brother, his mother, and his father. Changez doesn’t mention... (full context)
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Changez feels powerless to protect his family and his country, and ashamed to be returning to... (full context)
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Changez asks the Stranger if he’s familiar with the military; the Stranger seems to assent, and... (full context)
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Back at Underwood Samson, Changez notices that his colleagues are uneasy around him, since he has not shaved his beard,... (full context)
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Changez emails Erica, telling her about his anger and guilt, and letting her know that he... (full context)
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Changez meets Erica, who looks distant and “devout,” as if she’s been fasting. Erica says she’s... (full context)
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Changez becomes increasingly unpopular at work. Jim calls him into his office, and assures him that... (full context)
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Changez observes that the Stranger has stopped eating. He suggests that they order some desert to... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Changez points out that the Stranger has a bulge under his suit, in the same place... (full context)
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Flying to the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Changez cannot stop thinking about Erica, but he is unable to determine why she can’t get... (full context)
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Jim returns to America, leaving Changez to work in Chile with another Underwood Samson vice president. Yet while Changez should be... (full context)
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Changez begins to fall behind on his work. His supervisor angrily tells him to improve his... (full context)
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One day as he meets with Juan-Batista, Juan-Batista asks Changez about his father’s uncle, the poet. He notices that Changez seems unlike his colleagues, and,... (full context)
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The waiter brings a bowl of dessert, which the Stranger finds too sweet. Changez observes that the Stranger must have traveled far in order to acquire a taste for... (full context)
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Changez visits Pablo Neruda’s house, which again reminds him of Lahore. While he walks around, he... (full context)
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Changez calls his parents, who tell him that their home is falling apart, and that India... (full context)
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Changez continues to fall behind at work. To the Stranger, Changez wonders aloud why his supervisor... (full context)
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Juan-Batista invites Changez to lunch. At lunch, he tells Changez that he reminds him of a janissary, the... (full context)
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Changez says that the Stranger seems skeptical; he assures the Stranger that Juan-Batista was real, and... (full context)
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Having realized that he is fighting against his own country, Changez tells his supervisor that he refuses to work. Jim calls Changez, and offers him a... (full context)
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The waiter brings green tea to Changez and the Stranger. Changez notes that it is unusual for a waiter to be watching... (full context)
Chapter 11
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In Lahore, Changez observes that the market is nearly empty. He tells the Stranger that there seems to... (full context)
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On his flight back to New York, Changez thinks that he has always disliked American foreign policy. America uses its vast power to... (full context)
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Changez resolves to use his financial training to study American society. When his plane lands, he... (full context)
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The next morning, Changez wonders how he will support himself without a job or a work visa. He is... (full context)
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Security guards escort Changez through Underwood Samson’s offices, ignoring the beautiful view of New York. He has a brief,... (full context)
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As Changez leaves the building, he wipes his eyes. He feels as if his world has ended,... (full context)
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Changez notices that the Stranger’s glass has been empty for a while. He signals for the... (full context)
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Changez is unsure whether or not to see Erica once more before leaving for Pakistan. He... (full context)
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Changez drives to see Erica’s mother, who wears no makeup. She tells him, quietly, that she... (full context)
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Changez spends the next week waiting for a call or message from Erica, and revisiting places... (full context)
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Changez spends his final days in New York angry and emotional. He notices racism and American... (full context)
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Resolving to stop America as best he can, Changez boards a flight to Pakistan. He thinks of his time with Erica, and the cliff... (full context)
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The Stranger seems to ask Changez what he did to stop America. Changez assures him that he will answer this question,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Changez notes that the Stranger has noticed that the waiter is walking close behind them as... (full context)
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Changez arrives in Pakistan, and finds himself unable to stop thinking about Erica. He imagines what... (full context)
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Changez’s brother marries soon after Changez arrives in Pakistan, which leads his parents to wonder about... (full context)
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Changez observes that the Stranger seems anxious, and assures him that the loud sound they’ve just... (full context)
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...and international businesses begin to leave Pakistan. The war in Iraq is about to begin. Changez notes that the common thread of both conflicts is America’s war against terrorists. Terrorists, he... (full context)
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Changez gets a job lecturing at a university. His training at Princeton and Underwood Samson makes... (full context)
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Changez admits that not all of his students are perfect, but assures the Stranger that he... (full context)
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Changez realizes that he may have turned to politics because he wanted to draw attention to... (full context)
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Changez notes that the Stranger appears not to be listening to his story. Instead, he is... (full context)