Changez’s friend at Underwood Samson and the only other non-white trainee, Wainwright is laid-back and popular with his peers. He and Changez quickly become friends, but because he is more comfortable with America and American culture after 9/11, he and Changez grow apart. Nevertheless, Wainwright is the only one of Changez’s peers who shakes his hand when Changez is fired.
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...fired. Changez notices that the other trainees sit up very straight, except for one named Wainwright, who slouches and makes jokes. Changez and Wainwright soon bond over their love of also... (full context)
...in many ways. Two of the six new trainees are women, and two, Changez and Wainwright, are non-white. Still, all six are graduates of top-tier American universities, tall, and physically fit.... (full context)
...on, which involves a music business in the Philippines. Changez, happy with his performance, meets Wainwright, who is happy to have finished second in his class, and had already assumed Changez... (full context)
...city, but is convinced that the rumors are merely exaggerations. He tells his family and Wainwright that he isn’t worried, since Pakistan has pledged allegiance to the United States. He notes... (full context)
...middle-aged and older, and can’t afford to be fired. When he points this out to Wainwright, Wainwright jokes that Changez works for “the man,” but then acknowledges the problem. Wainwright tells... (full context)
...starts to worry that he could lose his job at Underwood Samson because he’s Pakistani. Wainwright tells him about businesses that discriminate against Muslim employees, and warns him that Underwood Samson... (full context)
...him, since he has not shaved his beard, wanting to stand out from his colleagues. Wainwright warns him that he should keep his cultural difference outside the office, and that Underwood... (full context)