A Passage To India - Complete Script of the Movie

 [scene: London - in the P&O passenger office]
P&O ManagerFirst time in India, Miss Quested?
Miss QuestedFirst time out of England.
P&O ManagerI envy you. New horizons. Those are the Marabar Caves, about 20 miles from you at Chandrapore.
Miss QuestedI see.
P&O ManagerMrs Moore returns on the Rawalpindi on May 12th and your return is open. That is correct?
Miss QuestedI'll be staying on... probably.
P&O ManagerIf you decide to return with Mrs Moore, let us know as soon as possible.
Miss QuestedI will.
P&O ManagerNow, labels, stickers, your ticket, Mrs Moore's ticket. You should have an interesting voyage. The viceroy's on board. Tends to liven things up.
 [scene: Bombay waterfront, and Gateway of India]
 (? military band plays) (cheering)
 [scene: Outside Ballard Pier, with tongas. Passengers leave the ship]
Mrs TurtonUgh.
Mrs MooreI do think it's too bad of Ronny not to be here to meet us.
Miss QuestedIt is nearly a thousand miles.
Mrs MooreWe've come five thousand miles to meet him. No more than two annas each. (to porters) Thank you. Thank you. (to tonga driver) Victoria Station.
 [scene: Inside compartment of 1st class railway coach]
 (knocking on compartment door)
Mrs MooreOh, dear.
Miss QuestedDon't worry.
Mrs TurtonMrs Moore?
Mrs MooreYes.
Mrs TurtonI'm Mrs Turton. My husband's the collector.
Mrs MooreOh... We gave our tickets to the Indian gentleman.
Mrs TurtonThe chief administrator of Chandrapore. Ronny's Burra Sahib. You must be Adela.
Miss QuestedYes.
Mrs MoorePlease forgive us, Mrs Turton. We've had a very trying day.
Mrs TurtonWe just wanted to welcome you to the fold and to say... We're off. We must have a drink or something later, when you've recovered. Goodbye.
 [scene: In dining car of Imperial Indian Mail]
Mrs TurtonI believe you and Ronny met in the Lake District, Miss Quested?
Miss QuestedYes, we did.
Mrs TurtonYou must forgive me. We have very few secrets in Chandrapore. Now I'm an incurable romantic.
Mrs MooreMiss Quested was with her aunt, and I was with Ronny.
Mr TurtonOf course you know, Mrs Moore, Ronny's doing splendidly. You'll be proud of him.
Mrs TurtonI'll second that. He's become a proper sahib. Just the type we want, if I might say so.
 (train rumbles over a bridge)
Mrs MooreYou know, Mr Turton, when we get settled in, we look forward to meeting some of the Indians you come across socially, as friends.
Mr TurtonWell, as a matter of fact, we don't come across them socially. They're full of all the virtues, no doubt, but er, we don't.
Mrs TurtonEast is East, Mrs Moore. It's a question of culture.
 [scene: Inside 1st class sleeping carriage]
Miss QuestedCould Ronny really have become a sahib?
Mrs MooreHe could. But that's why you've come here. You'll find out soon enough.
Miss QuestedShe's a dreadful woman.
Mrs MooreYes. We'd better go to sleep, my dear.
 [scene: Under railway bridge - many Indians trying to sleep]
 [scene: On Chandrapore railway station platform]
 (? band plays)
HeaslopHello, Mother! Where's Adela?
Miss QuestedHere.
HeaslopI can't believe it. Anthony! (speaks Urdu) Anthony will see to the baggage. Forgive me, but I'm part of the reception committee.
OfficerGuards! Attention!
HeaslopSorry to desert you, but we had to welcome the great man back.
Mrs MooreI'd no idea he was so important.
HeaslopYou hadn't?
 [scene: Driving through the bazaar]
 (car horn)
 (car horn)
 (hoots repeatedIy)
Mr TurtonLook out!
 (car horn)
Mahmoud AliThat was Turton.
Dr AzizTurton?
 (car horn)
Mahmoud AliMcBryde. When he first came out, Hamidullah said he was quite a good fellow.
Dr AzizBut they all become exactly the same. I give any Englishman two years.
Mahmoud AliThe women are worse.
Dr AzizI give them six months.
 [scene: Heaslop drives tonga through bazaar]
Miss QuestedRonny, is that a body?
HeaslopYes. I'm sorry. We'll soon be out of this.
 [scene: The tonga reaches the Civil Lines]
 [scene: At Dr Aziz's house]
 (Aziz shouts for his servant in Urdu)
Dr AzizWhy do we spend so much time discussing the English?
Mahmoud AliBecause we admire them, Doctor Sahib.
Dr AzizThat is the trouble. (he asks for water from his servant in Urdu)
Mahmoud AliTomorrow then!
Dr AzizTomorrow night! English!
 [scene: arrival at Heaslop's bungalow]
HeaslopHere we are, then.
Mrs MooreVery nice, dear.
Miss QuestedAre those the Marabar Hills?
HeaslopThat's right.
Miss QuestedWith the caves?
HeaslopI suppose so. Look, you've got a very busy day tomorrow. Then we have a show at the club. Come on. let's have tea.
Miss QuestedYes.
HeaslopGood night, Mother. (knocking on Adela's door)
Miss QuestedYes? (expectantly)
HeaslopGood night, dear.
Miss QuestedGood night. (disappointedly)
 [scene: Inside Chandrapore court room]
 (gavel sounds)
HeaslopHaving listened to the evidence, I find you guilty of cheating under Section 415 of the Indian Penal Code and sentence you to two month's hard labour. You may take the prisoner down.
HeaslopWell, how did it all go?
Miss QuestedWe must have seen everything.
Mrs MooreYes, the church, the hospital, the war memorial, the barracks. Mr Hadley was most thorough.
HeaslopSplendid. And now you're off to the club.
 [scene: Afternoon tea in grounds of Club]
 (? orchestra plays quietly in the background)
Miss QuestedCucumber.
Mrs MooreMy dear, life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate. Adventures do occur, but not punctually.
 [scene: in Begum Hamidullah's bedroom]
Begum HamidullahDoctor Sahib, when are we going to get you married?
Dr AzizI have enough responsibilities, Auntie.
HamidullahWe ask the poor fellow to dinner, we avail ourselves of his professional skills,and you always bring up this question.
Dr AzizIt is the least I can do. This should put a stop to the trouble. And, Begum Sahiba..
Begum HamidullahHa ji?
Dr Aziz I beg you once more not to drink water out of a tap. Please to boil it, boil it, boil it!
HamidullahAnd now we can eat. Selim!
Hamidullah(he calls in Urdu to his servant to serve the food)
Hamidullah(privately, to Begum Hamidullah) Why must you always bring up this question of marriage? He sends the children nearly all his salary and lives like a low-grade clerk. What more do you require of him?
 [scene: In Hamidullah's dining area]
Mahmoud AliThis chitty has just arrived for you from Major Callendar.
Dr AzizI am to report to his bungalow post-haste. And my bicycle has a puncture.
 [scene: Outside Major Callendar's house. Aziz arrives in a tonga]
Butler The major sahib left half an hour ago.
Dr AzizAnd left no message?
ButlerNo message.
Mrs CallendarMrs Lesley, it is a tonga. Come!
Mrs LesleyOh, how splendid. I suppose this is all right?
Mrs CallendarMy dear, never look a gift-horse in the mouth, particularly in this country. Club! Club, tonga wallah! Club! Why doesn't the fool move?
Dr Aziz (to tonga driver) I pay you tomorrow.
 (women giggle)
Dr Aziz(to Butler) Will you please...
 [scene: Evening - in mosque, near the Club]
 (night sounds. dogs bark)
 (leaves rustling)
Dr AzizMadam, this is a mosque. You have no right here. You should have taken off your shoes.
Mrs MooreBut I have taken off my shoes. I left them outside.
Dr AzizThen I... I ask your pardon.
Mrs MooreLet me go.
Dr AzizMadam.
Mrs MooreI am right, am I not? If I remove my shoes, I am allowed?
Dr AzizOf course. But so few ladies take the trouble. Especially if thinking no one is here to see.
Mrs MooreGod is here.
Dr AzizGod is here. That is very fine. May I know your name?
Mrs MooreMrs Moore.
Dr AzizOh.
Mrs Moore I came from the club. They're doing a rather tiresome musical play I'd seen in London. It was very hot.
Dr AzizI think you ought not to walk alone, Mrs Moore. There are bad characters about, and leopards may come from the Marabar hills. Snakes also.
Mrs MooreBut you walk alone.
Dr AzizI come here quite often. I'm used to it.
Mrs MooreUsed to snakes?
Dr AzizI'm a doctor, you see. Snakes don't dare bite me. Please. Mrs Moore, I think you are newly arrived in India?
Mrs MooreYes. How did you know?
Dr AzizBy the way you address me. (points at river) Look. Sometimes I have seen a dead body float past, from Benares. But not very often. There are crocodiles.
Mrs MooreCrocodiles? How terrible. Oh, what a terrible river. What a wonderful river.
Dr AzizPlease may I ask you a question now? Why do you come to India?
Mrs MooreI come to visit my son. He's the city magistrate.
Dr AzizOh, no. Excuse me. Our city magistrate is Mr Heaslop.
Mrs MooreHe is my son all the same. I was married twice.
Dr AzizAnd your first husband died?
Mrs MooreHe did. And so did my second.
Dr AzizThen we are in the same box. And is the city magistrate the entire of your family now?
Mrs MooreNo. I have a daughter in England by my second husband. Stella. She's an artist.
Dr AzizAh. Mrs Moore, like yourself, I have also a son and a daughter. Is not this the same box with a vengeance?
Mrs MooreBut not called Ronny and Stella, surely?
Dr AzizNo indeed. Akbar and Jamlla. They live with my wife's mother.
Mrs MooreAnd your wife?
Dr AzizIn giving me a son, she died. You have the most kind face of any English lady I have met.
Mrs MooreI think I'd better go back now.
 [scene: On stage, at the Club]
cast? I've got this strange feellng
 ? I've fallen in love
 ? She's fallen in love?
 ? While I was freewheeling
 ? I knew it was love
cast? Hooray, hooray, hooray
 ? It's a wonderful day today
 ? But I know that at this juncture
 ? I can't afford a puncture
 ? And here is my Michael...
 [scene: Outside the Club]
Mrs MooreI wish I were a member. I could have asked you in.
Dr AzizIndians are not allowed.
Mrs MooreOh. Good night.
 [scene: Inside the Club]
Miss QuestedThere you are. What have you been up to?
Mrs MooreI'll tell you about it later. I had a small adventure, and saw the moon in the Ganges.
Miss QuestedAh.
Mr TurtonAh, Mrs Moore, Miss Quested, have a drink. Have two drinks.
Mrs MooreVery kind.
Mr TurtonMy wife's on stage, and Ronny's still holding the fort for Major Callendar, who's off on an appendix.
Mrs CallendarHis wretched Indian assistant didn't turn up in time, but I got my own back.
Mr TurtonI'm sorry about the show. But what else can we do for you ladies?
Miss QuestedMr Turton, I'm longing to see something of the real India.
Mr TurtonFielding, how is one to see the real India?
Mr FieldingTry seeing Indians.
Miss QuestedWho was that?
Mr TurtonOur schoolmaster. Government College.
Mrs CallendarAs if one could avoid seeing them.
Miss QuestedWell, I've scarcely spoken to an Indian since we landed.
Mrs CallendarLucky you!
Mr TurtonI tell you what. If you really want to meet some of our Aryan brothers, how about a bridge party?
Mrs CallendarNot the game.
Miss QuestedOh...
Mr TurtonNo. A party to bridge the gulf between East and West. We can produce almost any type you like: Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, even a Parsee.
 (drum roll. all stand)
all? God save our gracious king
? Long live our noble king
? God save the king.
? Send him victorious
? Happy and glorious
? Long to reign over us
? God save the king.
 [scene: Daytime, on the Club terrace]
 (? band plays 'Tea for Two')
Fielding(to Indians) ..and have enough of English tea!
Mr TurtonTo work, Molly. To work.
Mrs TurtonI never thought so many would turn up. They hate it as much as we do.
Mr TurtonRonny.
Mrs Turton(speaks very bad Urdu. Indian ladies giggle.)
Mr TurtonVery nice of you to come.
Mrs MooreWould you please tell these ladies I wish we could speak their language?
Indian lady #1Perhaps we speak yours a little.
Mrs TurtonWhy, fancy, she understands!
Indian lady #2Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner.
Mrs TurtonYes, indeed.
Indian lady #3Rotten Row.
Indian lady #4Marble Arch.
Indian lady #1She knows Paris also.
Mrs TurtonThey pass Paris on the way, no doubt.
 (? band plays 'Roses of Picardy')
Mrs MooreUh! My only consolation is that Mrs Turton will soon be retired to a villa in Tunbrldge Wells.
Mrs MooreWho is that man talking to Adela?
HeaslopOh, that's Fielding. Runs Government College.
Miss QuestedI don't understand people inviting guests and not treating them properly. You and Mr Turton are the only people who've made any attempt to be friendly. It makes me quite ashamed.
FieldingIt's awkward, I agree, here at the Club.
Miss QuestedI envy you being with Indians.
FieldingWell - I tell you what. If you and Mrs Moore would care to meet one or two, it's easily arranged.
Miss QuestedI'd love to. I'm sure she would too.
FieldingWe've an old Hindu professor who'll tell you all about reincarnation and destiny. He might even be persuaded to sing.
Miss QuestedI'd like that. Tell me, do you know a Dr Aziz?
FieldingI know of him. I've never actually met.
Miss QuestedMrs Moore says he's charming.
FieldingGood. We'll invite him too.
Miss QuestedGood.
FieldingOh, dear. This is for Mrs Turton.
 (? band plays 'In a Monastery Garden')
Mrs MooreThis is one of the most unnatural affairs I have ever attended.
HeaslopOf course it's unnatural. Now you see.
Mrs MooreI do not see why you all behave so unpleasantly to these people.
HeaslopWe're not out here to be pleasant.
Mrs MooreRonny, what do you mean?
HeaslopIndia isn't a drawing room. We're out here to do justice and to keep the peace. I'm not a missionary or a sentimental socialist. I'm just a member of the civil service.
Mrs MooreHmm. As simple as that.
HeaslopWhat do you and Adela want me to do? Sacrifice my career? Lose the power I have for doing good in this benighted country?
Mrs MooreGood? you're speaking about power. The whole of this entertainment is an exercise in power, and the subtle pleasures of personal superiority.
 (? band plays 'God Save the King'. all stand)
Mrs MooreGod has put us on earth to love and help our fellow men.
HeaslopYes, Mother.
 [scene: Inside Mr Fielding's house]
Dr AzizMr Fielding?
 (water running)
Dr AzizMr Fielding.
FieldingOh, hello. Is that Dr Aziz?
Dr AzizYes. I'm afraid I am early.
FieldingThat's fine. I won't be a jiffy. Please make yourself at home.
Dr AzizMay I really, Mr Fielding? It's very good of you. Mr Fielding?
Dr AzizI have long been wanting to meet you. I have heard many times about your kind heart and your sociabllity.
FieldingMy dear fellow!
Dr AzizAnd I have seen you in the bazaar.
 (Fielding hums then sings)
? The sun, whose rays are all ablaze
? with ever-living glory
? Does not deny his majesty,
? he scorns to tell a story...
Dr AzizI say, Mr Fielding.
Dr AzizBefore you come out, guess what I look like.
FieldingWell, let's see. You're about 5ft 9in tall.
Dr AzizJolly good!
FieldingI can see that much through the glass. Blast!
Dr AzizAnything wrong?
FieldingI've just broken my back collar stud.
Dr AzizOh. Take mine.
FieldingHave you a spare one?
Dr AzizYes. Yes, one minute.
FieldingNot if you're wearing it.
Dr AzizNo, no. Here in my pocket.
FieldingBut nobody carries a spare stud in his pocket.
Dr AzizI always, in case of emergency. Here it is.
FieldingMany thanks. Oh, and how do you do? Come and sit down while I finish dressing, if you don't mind the unconventionality.
Dr AzizNo not at all. I always thought Englishmen kept their rooms so tidy. Everything arranged coldly on shelves is what I thought.
FieldingThere are two English ladies coming to tea to meet you.
Dr AzizOh.
FieldingOh, I think you know one of them.
Dr AzizI know no English ladies.
FieldingNot Mrs Moore?
Dr AzizMrs Moore?
FieldingAnd Miss Quested, her companion.
Dr AzizOh. Is she an old lady?
FieldingShe's a young lady, and she wants to see India.
 (Fielding's servant tells him in Urdu about the ladies coming. He replies in Urdu 'OK')
FieldingThey're here, or will be in a few seconds. I've also asked our professor of philosophy, Narayan Godbole.
Dr AzizOh, the inscrutable Brahmin.
FieldingI hope to goodness his food'll be all right. He's orthodox, you know.
 [scene: outside, in Mr Fielding's garden]
FieldingGood afternoon to you. Welcome.
Mrs MooreHow kind of you to ask us.
Miss QuestedNice to meet you.
Mrs MooreOh.
FieldingIt must have been a small audience hall in the old days.
Dr AzizMrs Moore, do you remember the tank in our mosque?
Mrs MooreI do indeed.
Dr AzizPlease come and see. By a skilful arrangement of our emperors, the same water comes and fills this tank. My ancestors loved water. We came out of the desert. We came over the Himalayas from Persia and Afghanistan, and wherever we went, we created fountains and gardens and...
FieldingAh, Godbole! you know Dr Aziz, and here are our new visitors. Mrs Moore, Miss Quested, Professor Godbole. We didn't realise you were here.
GodboleThe sun will soon be driving us all into the shade. And I was enjoying the water.
FieldingNow, Mrs Moore, would you like to have our tea served inside or out?
Miss QuestedDr Aziz, I wonder if you could explain a disappointment we had this morning.
Mrs MooreAh, yes. I'm afraid we may have given some offence.
Dr AzizThat is impossible. May I know the facts?
Miss QuestedYes. An Indian lady and gentleman, whom we met at the club party the other day, were to collect us in their carriage this morning at nine. We waited and waited. They never came. They even put off going to Delhi to entertain us.
FieldingI wouldn't worry about it, anyway.
Miss QuestedWell, it is very worrying.
GodboleI think perhaps, young lady, they grew ashamed of their house and that is why they did not send.
FieldingThat's very possible.
Miss QuestedI do so hate mysteries.
FieldingWe English do.
Mrs MooreI rather like mysteries, but I do dislike muddles.
FieldingYou know, I think a mystery is only a high-sounding term for a muddle. The professor, Aziz and I know that India's a muddle.
GodboleAgreed, I'm sorry to say.
Dr AzizThere will be no muddle when you come to visit me at my house.
Mrs MooreOh, that would be very nice. Yes, Adela?
Miss QuestedYes, indeed. Do please give me your address, Doctor Aziz. Yes?
Dr AzizOne moment. I have a better idea. Let me invite you all to a picnic at the Marabar Caves. Ladies, this will be a most magnificent outing. One is transported by mountain railway two thousand feet above the plain. And the caves, Mrs Moore, are a wonder of India. Yes, Professor?
GodboleThey have a reputation.
Miss QuestedDoctor, how many caves are there?
Dr AzizI'm not exactly sure. Unfortunately, I've never been there myself.
FieldingMy dear chap!
Miss QuestedProfessor Godbole, have you seen the caves?
GodboleOh, yes.
Miss QuestedWell, could you tell us something about them?
GodboleWith pleasure. Only a few have been opened. Perhaps seven or eight.
Miss QuestedAnd?
GodboleThere is an entrance which you enter, and through this entrance, manmade, there is a circular chamber.
Miss QuestedBig?
GodboleNot big.
Dr AzizImmensely holy, no doubt?
GodboleOh, no, no.
FieldingOrnamented in some way?
GodboleThey are all the same. Empty and dark.
Miss QuestedWell, there must be something to account for their reputation.
Mrs MooreWell, well. Mr Fielding, I should like to see something of the college. Don't you come, Adela. I know you hate institutions.
Dr AzizYou know, Miss Quested, when I first saw Mrs Moore it was in the moonlight. I thought she was a ghost.
GodboleA very old soul.
Miss QuestedAn old soul?
Dr AzizProfessor Godbole is using the expression in its Hindu sense. Someone who has been here many times before.
Miss QuestedMrs Moore - a reincarnation?
GodboleQuite so.
Miss QuestedPlease go on, Professor.
GodboleAh, yes. It is philosophy of some complication.
Miss QuestedBut in simple terms...
GodboleIn simple terms, Miss Quested, life is a wheel with many spokes. A continuous cycle of life: birth, death and rebirth until we attain nirvana. I have contrived a dance based on this phllosophy.
Miss QuestedDo you dance, Professor?
GodboleOh yes.
 [scene: Ronny Heaslop arrives, annoyed]
Miss QuestedOh, Ronny, you're early. Let me introduce to you. Professor Godbole and this... and that...
HeaslopWhat's happened to Fielding? Where's my Mother? And what on earth are you doing?
Miss QuestedWell they're seeing the college and we're eating water chestnuts. Have one.
HeaslopNo, thank you. We're leaving at once.
Miss QuestedBut we can't leave like this.
HeaslopIt's perfectly all right. Bearer! Bearer!
 [scene: In Heaslop's tonga, waiting at railway crossing]
 (train whistle)
HeaslopYou can take it from me that picnic will never come off. Just like that fiasco this morning. He'll forget he ever invited you.
Miss QuestedI think you're wrong. Mr Fielding...
HeaslopNotice the collar climbing up the back of his neck?
Mrs MooreI like Dr Aziz.
 (train whistle)
HeaslopAziz was dressed in his Sunday best from head to foot, but he'd forgotten his back collar stud. And there you have the Indian all over. I'll wager he's even forgotten the caves are miles from the station.
Miss QuestedHave you been to them?
HeaslopI know all about them, naturally.
Miss QuestedNaturally.
Mrs MooreI really cannot have this quarrelling and tiresomeness.
Miss QuestedSorry.
HeaslopI don't know why I get so het up. Actually, I was taking us all to see a game of polo. Should be good.
Mrs MooreNot for me, dear. I'm going to rest. You and Adela can watch polo.
 [scene: At the polo ground. a game is in progress]
Miss QuestedRonny.
Miss QuestedI want to say something.
Miss QuestedSomething important. Ronny... I've finally decided... We're not going to be marrled.
HeaslopYou never said we would be married. But you were quite right to come out. It was a good idea.
Miss QuestedWe're being awfully English about this, aren't we? I suppose that's all right.
HeaslopAs we are English, yes, I suppose it is. Let's go for a little drive.
Miss QuestedOughtn't we get back to the bungalow?
Miss QuestedI think we should tell your mother, talk about what we're going to do.
HeaslopIf you don't mind, let's leave it a day or two. I don't want to upset her any more than I have. And besides, you're going on that expedition.
Miss QuestedYes.
 [scene: Inside Hamidullah's house]
HamidullahAnd why did you undertake such an extravagance?
Dr AzizTo avoid asking them to my house.
Mahmoud AliWhich you had already done.
HamidullahNow we must all put our shoulders to the wheel. My wife will supply plates, knives and forks.
Mahmoud AliAnd then there is the question of alcohol. Whisky-sodas for Mr Fielding, ports for the ladies.
Dr AzizAnd food. The English are big eaters.
HamidullahAnd Professor Godbole?
Dr AzizHe eats more than the English. And nothing but vegetables, fruits and rice.
Mahmoud AliAnd only if cooked by a Brahmin. And if there is a slice of beef in the vicinity, he will certainly throw up.
HamidullahThe English can eat mutton.
Mahmoud AliEven ham.
Dr AzizHam? Are you suggesting I offer ham?
HamidullahEnough, enough. Now English ladies cannot sit upon the ground. Not even on a Persian carpet.
Mahmoud AliYou must take chairs and tables.
HamidullahSo you will need servants. Then there is also the question of transport after the train journey. The caves are a considerable distance from the station.
Dr AzizI've just been to the station. The train leaves before dawn.
HamidullahThen you must take precaution against lack of punctuality. Better spend the night there.
 [scene: Inside Heaslop's dining room. It is a windy night, and the windows bang]
Miss QuestedWhat was that?
HeaslopNothing. It always happens before the hot weather, generally with dust and thunder. Coffee?
Mrs MooreNo, thank you. I'm off to bed.
HeaslopMother - I know I made myself rather ridiculous this afternoon. But the truth is, I wasn't quite sure of myself, and I'm sorry.
Mrs MooreVery nicely said. Thank you, dear.
HeaslopOf course, I have no earthly right to tell either of you what you can or cannot do. See India if you like and as you like.
Mrs MooreSometimes I think too much fuss is made about marriage. Century after century of carnal embracement, and we're still no nearer understanding one another. Good night.
 [scene: Adela cycles to abandoned temples and explores them. She is chased by monkeys, and returns to the bungalow]
 (dog barks. bicycle bell)
HeaslopAdela, are you all right?
Miss QuestedYes, of course.
HeaslopWell, what happened?
Miss QuestedNothing. I want to take back what I said at the polo. Oh, Ronny... I'm such a fool.
 [scene: At the Club]
 (orchestra plays 'Oh, lady Be Good')
Miss QuestedIt's a funny thing, but I don't feel a bit excited. Well, nothing's really changed, has it? I feel perfectly ordinary.
Mrs MooreIt's much the best feeling to have.
Miss QuestedI suppose so. I'm sorry to have been so difficult.
Mrs MooreOh, I shouldn't worry. It's partly to do with this country and the odd surroundings.
Miss QuestedDo you mean that my, my bothers are to do with India?
Mrs MooreIndia forces one to come face to face with oneself. It can be rather disturbing. Odd. It must be very cold in England. Now we must go back and you must dance with Ronny. Apart from anything else, it will serve as a notice of intent.
 (orchestra plays 'Oh, lady Be Good')
 [scene: Adela's bedroom - she thinks of statues]
 (rumble of thunder)
 (creaks and groans)
 [scene: At Dr Aziz's house]
Dr AzizHassan. (he speaks Urdu to Hassan, and sends him for a doctor)
 [scene: In Heaslop's tonga, arriving at church]
HeaslopIt's going to be hot.
Miss QuestedYour famous hot weather.
Mrs MooreYou two go ahead.
Mr TurtonAh! Congratulations, Heaslop. We've just heard the good news. Allow me to shake your hand.
HeaslopWell thank you very much. Thank you.
Mrs TurtonWe're really happy...
 [scene: Outside Dr Aziz's house]
Fielding(instructs Hassan in Urdu to take his horse)
Dr LalMr Fielding, I'm Dr Lal.
FieldingAh, yes. How do you do?
Dr LalJust making check on doctor sahib. Major Callendar's orders.
Dr LalA slight fever, perhaps. Change of season.
 [scene: Inside Dr Aziz's house]
HamidullahYou must get well quickly.
HaqYes. There is talk of cholera in the city.
HamidullahThere is always talk of cholera in the city.
FieldingHello! Can I come in?
Dr AzizMr Fielding. Yes, please come in.
FieldingAh. Hamidullah.
HamidullahMr Fielding, how nice of you to come.
FieldingAnd how's the patient?
HaqIt is very good of Mr Fielding to condescend to visit our friend. We're all deeply touched.
Dr AzizDon't talk to him like that. He does not want it. And he does not need three chairs. He's not three Englishmen!
FieldingWell, are you ill or aren't you?
Dr AzizNo doubt Major Callendar told you I'm shamming.
FieldingWell, are you?
 (general laughter)
Dr AzizThe hot weather is coming. I have a fever. Sit down, sit down. Sit down, all of you!
Mahmoud AliMr Fielding, excuse. A question, please.
FieldingCarry on.
Mahmoud AliNothing personal. Personally, we're all delighted that you should be here. But how is England justified in holding India?
Dr AzizUnfair polltical question.
FieldingNo, no. Personally I'm out here because I need a job.
Mahmoud AliQualified Indians also need a job.
FieldingI got in first. (general laughter) And I'm delighted to be here. That's my answer and that's my only excuse.
HamidullahAnd those who are not delighted?
FieldingChuck 'em out.
Mahmoud AliIndians are also saying that.
Fielding(speaks Urdu to Hassan)
Dr AzizMr Fielding...
FieldingWhat are you doing out here?
Dr AzizPlease come back.
FieldingOf course.
Dr AzizHere you see the celebrated hospitality of the East. Look... Look at the mess. Look at the flies. Look at the plaster coming off the wall.
FieldingOh, please.
Dr AzizHere is my home, where you come to be insulted by my friends.
FieldingThat was fair enough. And you'd better get back into bed.
Dr AzizAnd then you'll have to be off.
FieldingYou should rest.
Dr AzizI can rest all day thanks to Dr Lal. Major Callendar's spy. I suppose you know that.
FieldingMajor Callendar doesn't trust anyone, English or Indian. That's his character. I wish you weren't under him. But you are, and that's that. There we are. Try sleeping for a bit.
Dr AzizBefore you go...
Dr AzizWill you please open that drawer under the clock? There's a grey cardboard folder. That's right. Open it. She was my wife. You are the first Englishman she has ever come before. Now put her away.
FieldingI don't know why you pay me this great compliment, but I do appreclate it.
Dr AzizOh, it is nothing. She was not a highly educated woman, or even beautiful. But I loved her. Now put her away. You would have seen her anyhow.
FieldingWould you have allowed me to see her?
Dr AzizWhy not? I believe in the purdah, but I would have told her you were my brother.
FieldingWould she have believed you?
Dr AzizOf course not. Put her away. She is dead. I showed her to you because I have nothing else to show. Mr Fielding, why are you not married?
FieldingThe lady I liked wouldn't marry me. That's the main point. That was a long time ago. Before the war.
Dr AzizYou haven't any children?
Dr AzizExcuse the following question. Have you any illegitimate children?
Dr AzizThen your name will die entirely out?
Dr AzizThis is what an Oriental will never understand.
FieldingThere are far too many children anyway.
Dr AzizWhy don't you marry Miss Quested?
FieldingGood Lord!
Dr AzizBut she's very nice.
FieldingI can't marry her even if I wanted to. She's just become engaged to the city magistrate.
Dr AzizOh. So no Miss Quested for Mr Fielding. However, she is not beautiful, and she has practically no breasts.
Dr AzizFor a magistrate they may be sufficient, but for you I will arrange a lady with breasts like Bombay mangoes!
FieldingNo, you won't.
Dr AzizYou must not tell Callendar, but last year I took sick leave and I went to Calcutta. There are girls there with breasts...
FieldingI shall tell Major Callendar you've made a remarkable recovery.
Dr AzizI have, I have.
FieldingPlease tell your chap to bring my horse. He doesn't seem to understand my Urdu.
Dr AzizI told him not to. But now I will release you. Hassan! (Aziz speaks in Urdu to Hassan)
FieldingBy the way, about this Marabar expedition. It's going to cost an awful lot. Would you like me to help you call it off?
Dr AzizNo, no. Arrangements are almost complete. I shall know exact date tomorrow.
FieldingWell, good. Don't leave it too long. Phew.
 [scene: early morning, on railway platform]
 (the train-arrival bell rings)
Dr AzizHassan?
 (they both speak Urdu)
 (train whistle)
Dr Azizyou've come after all! I was afraid... How kind, how very kind!
Mrs MooreI'm sorry, Dr Aziz, but I've never been at my best at this time of the morning.
Miss QuestedWe're here anyway.
Dr AzizYes. Excuse me. Please come. (speaks Urdu)
Miss QuestedThis isn't all for us?
Dr AzizOh for this great occasion I've had help from all my friends. I think you will not need your servant?
Miss QuestedNo, indeed.
Dr AzizThen we shall all be Muslims together.
Miss QuestedAnthony... I don't like him at all. Anthony, you can go now. We won't need you any more.
AnthonyMaster told me to stay.
Miss QuestedMistress tells you to go.
AnthonyMaster says 'Keep near ladies all morning.'
Miss QuestedPlease go. What's that for?
Dr AzizA surprise. you will see. Come, come, come. Please, come. You are travelling purdah. You will like that?
Mrs MooreIt will certainly be a new experlence.
Dr AzizYes.
Miss QuestedWhere's Mr Fielding?
Dr AzizHe'll be here. Englishmen never miss a train.
 [scene: train departs. Fielding and Godbole just miss it]
Dr AzizMr Fielding! Mr Fielding!
FieldingI'm most awfully sorry, Aziz.
Dr AzizOh, Mr Fielding, you, you have destroyed me.
FieldingIt was Godbole's prayers. They went on for ever.
Dr AzizJump on! Jump!
Mrs MooreNo, no.
Dr AzizI must have you.
FieldingI'm sorry, Aziz, but it really is no good. We'll join you, somehow.
Dr AzizMrs Moore, our expedition is a ruin.
Mrs MooreNonsense. We shall now all be Muslims together.
Dr AzizDear, dear Mrs Moore.
Mrs MooreGo back to you carrlage, Dr Aziz. You make me quite giddy.
 [scene: At the railway crossing]
FieldingPoor Aziz. We must try and get hold of a car. Can you think of anyone? Is anything the matter?
GodboleYou saw the gates shut against us?
GodboleToday is Tuesday.
FieldingGo on.
GodboleNot a wise day to undertake such a journey. Extremely inauspicious, Mr Fielding.
 [scene: Inside the railway carriage]
Miss QuestedI wouldn't have missed this for anything.
Miss QuestedOh, thank you.
SelimTea coming.
Miss QuestedYes. What a relief after Anthony.
Mrs MooreRather a strange place to do the cooking.
 [scene: Inside Mr Fielding's house]
FieldingI always feel rather embarrassed when people I dislike are good to me. And I really don't care for Mrs Callendar. But she's visiting a clinic, she says the road goes up to just below the caves. We'd better leave in half an hour. Would you care for a coffee?
 [scene: Outside Mr Fielding's house. Godbole hurries away]
 [scene: On the railway train. Aziz walks outside the carriage]
Dr AzizMiss Quested!
Miss QuestedOh, no.
Dr AzizIs Mrs Moore awake?
Miss QuestedYes. But please... go in!
Dr AzizDon't worry, Miss Quested. Look, I am Douglas Fairbanks.
Mrs MooreTell me, dear. What's going on out there?
 Mrs Moore, we're almost there. I will now explain to you about the ladder. It is to be your big surprise.
 [scene: At the Marabar Hills, on an elephant]
 (villagers cheering. music plays. much excitement)
Dr AzizYou cannot imagine how you honour me. I feel that I am journeying back into my past, and that I'm a Mogul emperor.
 (elephant bells)
Dr AzizSometimes I shut my eyes and dream... I have splendid clothes again. And that I'm riding into battle behind Alamgir. He too rode an elephant.
 (a kite calls. they arrive at the lower cave)
Mrs MooreHorrid, stuffy place, really. Everything is very well arranged.
Dr AzizAnd here, ladies, is your port. The best caves are higher up, under the Kawa Dol. But we start in this one. The guide says, everyone to go in quietly. All sounds make an echo, and many sounds create inharmonious effect.
Mrs MooreI do hope I shall be all right. In my early days with Ronny's father, I made rather a fool of myself in the chamber of horrors.
Dr AzizHorrors? What horrors?
Mrs MooreThe waxwork museum. He was a very conventionaI young man, which made it all rather worse.
Dr AzizThis was not Stella's father?
Mrs MooreNo, no. He was very unconventional. My goodness me...
GuideSahib, sahib. (speaks Urdu to Aziz)
Dr AzizHassan! Selim!
 [scene: Inside the lower Marabar cave]
 (baby crles)
GuideShh. Shh.
 (echo dies away)
 (intensifying rumble)
GuideKawa Dol.
 (rumble and echo) (Guide invites Aziz to try the echo)
Dr AzizMrs Moore!
Mrs MoorePlease, please.
Miss QuestedAre you all rlght?
Mrs MooreYes, yes.
Miss QuestedAre you sure?
Mrs MooreYes. Godbole never mentioned the echo.
Miss QuestedNo. And far too many people. Would you like something to drink?
Mrs MooreOh, thank you.
Mrs MooreI suppose, like many old people, I sometimes think we are merely passing figures in a godless universe. Get me some water. Oh.
Miss QuestedThere you are.
Mrs MooreThank you, my dear. I didn't know you'd gone. Now, now.
Dr AzizWe should be thinking of moving on before the sun gets too high.
Mrs MooreDo forgive me, Dr Aziz. I'm rather tired, so I think I'll stay here. I've never been a good walker, and you two will get on much better without me.
Dr AzizDear Mrs Moore, nothing to forgive. You're right. It is quite a big climb. And I'm glad you're not coming, because you're treating me with true frankness, as a friend.
Mrs MooreI am your friend. So may I make a suggestion?
Dr AzizOf course.
Mrs MooreDon't take quite so many people with you this time. I think you'll find it more convenient. It does get rather crowded.
Dr AzizExactly, exactly. We shall take just the guide. Right?
Mrs MooreQuite right. And enjoy yourselves. Ah!
 [scene: Aziz and Quested stop halfway to upper caves]
Miss QuestedIt's almost a mirage. Dr Aziz, may I ask you something rather personal? You were married, weren't you?
Dr AzizYes, indeed.
Miss QuestedDid you love your wife when you married her?
Dr AzizWe never set eyes on each other until the day we were married. It was all arranged by our families. I only saw her face in a photograph.
Miss QuestedWhat about love?
Dr AzizWe were a man and a woman. And we were young.
Miss QuestedDr Aziz, did you have more than one wife?
Dr AzizOne. One, in my case.
 [scene: At the upper Marabar caves]
Dr AzizI'll be back in a moment. (Aziz goes for cigarette)
 (Aziz talks to guide in Urdu - where is Miss Quested?)
Dr AzizMiss Quested!
 Miss Quested!
 Miss Quested?
 Miss Quested?
 [scene: back at the lower cave]
Mrs MooreWhat's happened?
SelimElephant taking bath, memsahib.
Mrs MooreSomething else.
 [scene: Miss Quested runs down hill]
 [scene: At the upper cave]
Dr AzizMiss Quested! Miss Quested! Miss Quested!
 Miss Quested?
 (Aziz hits guide) Fool!
 (car horn below. Miss Quested gets in car)
 [scene: At the lower cave. Fielding arrives]
FieldingMorning, Mrs Moore.
Mrs MooreMr Fielding.
FieldingSo sorry about this morning. Everything going well?
Mrs MooreHave you seen Miss Quested and Dr Aziz?
FieldingNo. I've just walked up from the road. I'm dying for a drink. Be with you in a moment.
FieldingGood lord! (asks for water in Urdu)
Mrs MooreOh, Mr Fielding, I'm so glad you're here.
FieldingOh, I was coming over to you. Nothing wrong?
Mrs MooreNot exactly. But they went off with the guide an hour ago More, in fact, and somehow...
FieldingI don't know this place, but I'm sure they'll be back soon. Not to worry.
Dr AzizFielding! Fielding! (he runs)
Dr AzizFielding. Fielding, I've so wanted you.
Mrs MooreWhere is Miss Quested?
FieldingWhat is it?
Dr AzizShe went down the road. I think she met Mrs Callendar. It looked like her car.
FieldingWell of course it was her car. She drove me here.
Dr AzizOh.
FieldingWhy did Miss Quested go off with Mrs Callendar?
Dr AzizI don't know.
Mrs MooreBut, Dr Aziz, where did you part with her? I don't understand.
Dr AzizNor do I. I went round the corner to have a cigarette...
Dr AzizAnd when I came back, the guide couldn't remember which cave she'd gone into. So I looked in all the caves, and when I came out of... I think it was the third cave, I... I saw these. And then I think it was then I heard the car. So I ran over to the edge and I saw Miss Quested getting in. And... and then she drove away with Mrs Callendar. That's all. And these.
Mrs MooreI think we'd all better go back.
Dr AzizOh, Mrs Moore... Our great day is in tatters. I will never forgive myself. Hassan! Selim! (he speaks to them in Urdu)
FieldingAziz is an innocent.Something else must have happened.
Mrs MooreOf course something else happened. This is a dangerous place for new arrivals.
 [scene: At Major Callendar's bungalow]
Miss Quested(sobbing)
Mrs CallendarNow lie back, dear. Do your best to relax.
Miss QuestedI can't get rid of them. I can't...
Mr CallendarYou'll be better very soon now.
 [scene: In railway carriage, returning to Chandrapore]
FieldingAfter we've seen off Mrs Moore, like it or not I'm going to take you back for a good stiff drink. Here we are. Good lord, quite a crowd.
 [scene: Train arrives at Chanderapore]
HaqDr Aziz, it is my painful duty to arrest you.
FieldingWhat on earth are you talking about?
HaqSir, I am instructed not to say.
FieldingDon't answer me like that. Produce your warrant.
HaqSir, excuse me. No warrant is required under these particular circumstances. Please refer to Superintendent McBryde.
FieldingWe certainly will. Come along, old chap. Some ridiculous mistake.
HaqDr Aziz, will you please come? A closed conveyance is in the yard.
 [scene: Aziz tries to escape through the rear door]
FieldingFor God's sake! Never, never act the criminal. McBryde's a decent fellow. We'll see him together.
Dr AzizBut my children, my name...
FieldingNothing of the sort. We're coming, Mr Haq.
 [scene: On the platform]
Mrs MooreWhat is it?
HeaslopCome. I've got a car waiting outside.
Mrs MooreJust a minute. That's Mr Fielding's and Dr Aziz's compartment.
HeaslopI'll explain outside.
Mrs MooreI can't possibly leave without speaking to them.
HeaslopPlease come along, Mother. I know what I'm doing. Make way, please! Make way, please!
FieldingCome on. Take my arm. I'll see you through.
Mr TurtonFielding! Fielding, I want a word with you.
Dr AzizPlease... Please don't leave me.
FieldingI have to go. I'll be with you as soon as I possibly can.
HeaslopPlease, Mother, come along.
Mrs MooreI will not! Something very terrible is happening.
 [scene: Turton takes Fielding inside station-masters office]
FieldingAbsolutely impossible. Grotesque.
Mr TurtonI'm afraid not.
FieldingBut who brings this infamous charge?
Mr TurtonMrs Callendar, who witnessed the poor girl's flight down the ravine..., and the victim herself.
FieldingMiss Quested accuses Dr Aziz of attempted rape?
Mr TurtonYes.
FieldingThen she's mad.
Mr TurtonI cannot pass that remark.
FieldingI'm sorry, sir. But the charge must rest on some dreadful misunderstanding. Five minutes will clear it up.
Mr TurtonIt does indeed rest on a misunderstanding. I've had 25 year's experience in this country, and I have never known anything but disaster result when English and Indians attempt to be intimate.
FieldingAnd do you know who transcribed this script?
Mr TurtonYes. It was T i m from m-a-p-a-b-i-l-i-t-y dot c-o-m
 [scene: Inside Chandrapore Police Station]
 (door slams)
 [scene: Outside Chandrapore Police Station. Fielding arrives by tonga]
McBrydeOh, I hate these damned festivals. I'll be glad when it's over. Always have a feeling they might go over the top.
CallendarYou have a visitor. I think I'll be off. See you tonight.
 [scene: In McBryde's office]
McBrydeShe hit him with these. That's how she escaped.
FieldingIf he had assaulted her, he'd scarcely bring the evidence back with him.
McBrydeDoesn't surprlse me.
FieldingI don't follow.
McBrydeWhen you think of crime, you think of English crime. The psychology's different here. And particularly in regard to women. I've been going through his wallet. Here's a letter from a friend who apparently keeps a brothel.
FieldingI don't want to hear his private letters.
McBrydeIt'll have to be quoted in court as bearing on his morals. Our respectable young doctor was fixing up to see tarts in Calcutta.
FieldingOh, come on. You may have the right to throw stones at a young man for that sort of thing, but I haven't.
 (policeman enters with note)
McBrydeTell them to wait.
McBrydeAye, it starts already. Vakil Hamidullah and Mahmoud Ali, legal advisors to the prisoner.
FieldingWhere is Miss Quested now?
McBrydeStaying with the Callendars until she's out of danger.
FieldingWhat danger?
McBrydeShe has a fever. But much worse, literally hundreds of cactus spines are embedded in her arms and legs. Until they're removed, there's a danger of them entering the bloodstream.
McBrydeHer scramble down that ravine, it was so precipitate it started a small avalanche of stones which stopped Mrs Callendar's car. She hooted, thinking work was going on above, and then she saw her. She had got among some cactuses and was beginning to panic.
FieldingI suppose there's no possibility of my seeing Miss Quested?
McBrydeShe's in no state to see anyone. Callendar's placed her under heavy sedation and proposes to keep her like that for several days. He's worried about shock.
FieldingI see. But afterwards?
McBrydeWhy on earth do you want to see her?
FieldingI want to ask her if she's certain, dead certain, that it was Aziz.
McBrydeCallendar could ask her that.
FieldingI want someone who believes in him to ask her.
McBrydeWhat difference would that make?
FieldingShe is surrounded by people who don't trust Indians.
McBrydeLook, I don't want to be an alarmist, but, in my opinion, the situation is going to become very nasty in the next few weeks.
FieldingI would think so. May I see Aziz?
McBrydeOnly on a magistrate's order.
FieldingTo whom do I apply?
McBrydeThe city magistrate.
HaqNothing else excepting clothes, sir. But *these* were under the bed.
McBrydeVery useful, Haq.
HaqThank you, sir. And there is also that.
FieldingThat's his wife.
McBrydeHow do you know that?
FieldingHe showed me that photograph. She's dead.
McBrydeI see. Well, I must press on with the report. I hope to see you at the club on Saturday. I believe Turton wants us all there.
 [scene: Outside McBryde's office]
HamidullahYou are very good to greet us in this public fashion, Mr Fielding.
FieldingFor goodness sake.
HamidullahDid Mr McBryde say anything when my card came in?
HamidullahI'm wanting ball. Do you think my application annoyed him?
FieldingHe wasn't annoyed. And if he was, what does it matter?
HamidullahI might prejudice him against Aziz.
FieldingNonsense. This is no way to be thinking. Aziz is innocent, and everything we do must be based on that.
HamidullahMr Fielding, are you on our side against your own people?
FieldingIt would seem so. I think we'd better go somewhere else.
 [scene: A tea-shop, in the bazaar]
Hamidullah(orders 3 teas in Urdu) We've been thinking about who should be counsel for defence?
FieldingYou, surely.
HamidullahWe need someone from a distance, someone who cannot be intimidated. Have you heard of Amritrao?
FieldingAmritrao? The Calcutta man?
HamidullahA high reputation.
Mahmoud AliNotoriously anti-British. Freedom Movement.
FieldingThat worries me.
Mahmoud AliWhy?
FieldingAmritrao would be regarded as a political challenge.
HamidullahWhen I saw my friend's private papers carried in just now, in the arms of that police inspector, I said to myself 'Amritrao is the man to clear this up.'
FieldingLet's not go too fast. We're bound to win. There's nothing else we can do. She'll never be able to substantiate the charges.
 [scene: Adela's bedroom in Major Calendar's bungalow]
Mrs Callendar(whispers) She's been complaining about an echo in her head.
Mrs MooreWhat about the echo?
Mrs CallendarShe can't get rid of it.
Mrs MooreHuh. I don't suppose she ever will.
Mrs CallendarBack in a moment.
HeaslopMother, that was unkind.
Mrs MooreUnkind? Unkind? What about poor Dr Aziz and those terrible police?
HeaslopMother, quiet, please.
Mrs MooreI won't be quiet. Aziz is certainly innocent.
HeaslopYou don't know that.
Mrs MooreI know about people's characters, as you call them. It's not the sort of thing he would do.
HeaslopWhatever you think, the case has got to come before a magistrate now. It really must. The machinery has started.
Mrs MooreYes. She has started the machinery. It will work to its end.
 [scene: At Mr Fielding's house]
Fielding(speaks Urdu to tonga driver) Ah, Godbole.
GodboleI see you are in a hurry.
FieldingYes, I've got to get out of these things and go back into town.
GodboleMay I speak to you just for a moment?
FieldingEr, yes. Come in, if you don't mind me changing.
GodboleI wanted to apologise for this morning.
FieldingOh, it's all right.
GodboleI hope the expedition was successful.
FieldingThe news hasn't reached you then?
GodboleOh, yes.
FieldingNo. A dreadful thing has happened. Aziz has been arrested.
GodboleOh, yes. That is all round the college.
FieldingAn expedition where that occurs can hardly be called successful.
GodboleI cannot say. I was not there.
GodboleI must not detain you, but I have a prlvate difficulty on which I require your help. I'm leaving your service shortly, as you know. I'm returning to the place of my childhood to take charge of education there. I want to start a school that will be as much like this as possible.
GodboleThe point on which I desire advice is, what name should be given to the school?
FieldingA name for the school?
GodboleA suitable title.
FieldingGodbole, have you grasped that Aziz is in prison?
GodboleYes, yes. I only meant that when you're less worried you might think the matter over. I had thought, with your permission, of the Richard Fielding High School. But, failing that, the King Emperor George V.
FieldingGodbole, let me ask you something. I was under the impression that you liked Aziz.
GodboleMost certainly.
FieldingThen how can you be so indifferent? Don't you care what happens to him?
GodboleYes, yes, but it is of no consequence if I care or do not care. The outcome is already decided.
FieldingDestiny, karma.
GodboleJust so. Mr Fielding, we are all part of a pattern we cannot perceive.
FieldingNo doubt.
GodboleWhy did Mrs Moore bring Miss Quested to Chandrapore?
FieldingTo marry the city magistrate.
GodboleYes... Or to go to the Marabar with Dr Aziz. Or perhaps to meet you.
FieldingVery beguiling. But at this moment my only interest is to do something for Aziz.
GodboleExcuse me, but nothing you do will change the outcome.
FieldingSo do nothing. Is that your phllosophy?
GodboleMy philosophy is you can do what you like, but the outcome will be the same.
 [scene: in the Chandrapore police cells]
 (door opens)
Dr AzizDid you get bail?
HamidullahThey're afraid your presence might incite further trouble.
Mahmoud AliEven riots.
Hamidullah(whispers) We've received a telegram from Calcutta.
Dr AzizFrom Calcutta?
HamidullahAmritrao is going to defend you.
Dr AzizAmritrao?
HamidullahRead, read.
Dr AzizWhat is 'disbursement'?
HamidullahFee. He will not accept a fee.
 [scene: In the Club, all the Europeans together]
Mr TurtonGood evening.
allGood evening.
 (crowd shouting)
Mr TurtonThere's not the least cause for alarm. I want everything to go on precisely as usual. So don't start carrying arms about. Ladies, don't go out any more than you can help, and don't talk before your servants. Remember, one isolated Indian has attempted... has been charged with an attempted crlme. And he will be brought to trial.
Mrs TurtonHarry - Those drums are merely the festival, of course?
Mr TurtonYes, indeed. And no doubt they'll be banging away throughout the night.
CalendarApologies, Collector Sahib, everyone. Heaslop's just behind me and I want to say a word before he comes in, if I may.
Mr TurtonOf course.
CalendarHe needs all our support. Fact is, he blames himself for allowing such an expedition, as indeed do I for giving the wretch leave. And then there's his mother. It's been a most unsettling experience for an old lady. Now the good news is that the victim is greatly improved and...
Mr TurtonAh, Heaslop, come along in. Good to have you with us.
HeaslopFor goodness sake, do sit down, please.
Mr TurtonUp here, Ronny. Come and join us up here.
HeaslopThank you, sir. Thank you. Thank you, sir. Please, do sit down.
manSome of us never got up.
Mr TurtonWe were delighted to hear the major's report on Miss Quested.
HeaslopThank you, sir. I didn't mean to interrupt the meeting in this way.
Mr TurtonNot at all. I was saying before you arrived that you'd refused bail. I was about to add that there's a certain member here present who's known to be in contact with the prisoner's defence. I'd like to say one can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. At least, not in this country.
FieldingI would like to say something, sir.
Mr TurtonPlease do.
FieldingI believe Dr Aziz is innocent. I shall await the verdict of the court. If he is found guilty, I shall resign from the college and leave India. I resign from the club now.
 [scene: Evening, outside Heaslop's bungalow]
CallendarShe's old. You mustn't forget that. Old people never take things as one expects. They can cause a great deal of trouble.
 [scene: In Mrs Moore's bedroom]
HeaslopAre you all right, Mother?
Mrs MooreJust... just having a little rest. It's very hot.
HeaslopYes, it is. And I do wish I could persuade you not to undertake such a journey at this time of year. At least stay until the monsoon. It's very close now.
Mrs MooreSo much to do, so little time to do it.
HeaslopTo do what, Mother?
Mrs MooreSettle things up. See Stella. Get away from all this muddle and fuss into some cave of my own, some shelf.
HeaslopQuite so. But meanwhile the trial is coming on.
Mrs MooreI told you before I don't want to have anything to do with it.
HeaslopBut the fact remains that you are an important witness. You dropped off after the first cave and let Adela go on with him alone. And no one blames you, Mother. He stage-managed the whole thing by cramming in all those villagers and frightening you with that echo. Mumbo jumbo, but very effective.
Mrs MooreYou will never understand the nature of that place, nor will anyone else in that ridiculous court of yours. I don't wish to discuss it further.
HeaslopVery well, Mother. Will you at least stay for our marriage?
Mrs MooreYou are getting married?
HeaslopOf course. Why do you ask?
Mrs MooreI wondered. All this rubbish about love. Love in a church, love in a cave, as if there were the least difference. And I held up from my business over such trifles.
HeaslopI don't understand you. I've never understood you any more than you've understood me. But what of Adela?
Mrs MooreI like Adela. She has character.
HeaslopThen don't you want to help her?
Mrs MooreNothing I can say or do will make the least difference.
HeaslopIf that is really how you feel, Mother, then you must go.
 [scene: Night - at Chandrapore station. Mrs Moore leaves]
 [scene: In the official car, on the way to the trial]
Mr TurtonYou mustn't upset yourself, my dear. The verdict's a foregone conclusion.
Miss QuestedIt isn't that. Ermm I'm all right really.
Mr TurtonOf course you know you almost certainly won't be called untill tomorrow. McBryde will take up most of the morning. Then there's Amritrao, who'll be up to all his tricks and playing to the Indian gallery.
 (agitated crowd shouting)
 (smashed car of window)
Mrs TurtonCome along, dear. We're there.
 [scene: Inside the courtroom]
Mrs TurtonWhat are you doing here?
HeaslopI'm an interested party, Mrs Turton. I've handed over to my deputy.
Mrs TurtonAnd who is your deputy?
 (the Indian judge, Das, comes in)
HeaslopDas is a good man, Mrs Turton.
McBrydeThank you, sir. On April 3rd of this year, Miss Quested and her friend, Mrs Moore, were invited to a tea party at the house of the principal of Government College. It was here that prisoner first met Miss Quested, a young girl fresh from England. Until this unfortunate party, the prisoner had never before been in such close proximity to an English girl. In consideration of the ladies present, I will merely allude to the fact that prisoner is a widower, now living alone. And in the course of our evidence, I'll be providing ample proof of his state of mind. Now, before taking you through the history of this crime, I want to state what I believe to be a universal truth. The darker races are attracted to the fairer. But not vice versa.
AmritrasEven when the lady is less attractive than the gentleman?
DasOrder! Order! Order! Order!
 [scene: At night, on deck of ocean liner]
 (heartbeat. Mrs Moore dies)
 [scene: Chandrapore courtroom]
DasI must warn members of the public and certain members of the defence that the insulting behaviour and rowdiness which marred yesterday's proceedings will not be tolerated.
HeaslopWell said, Das. Quite right.
DasMr McBryde.
McBrydeThank you. I shall begin, Sir, by reminding you of my contention that prisoner proposed the expedition to the caves with a premeditated intention of making advances to Miss Quested. I've made it my business to visit the Marabar during the last few days. It's an inaccessible, barren place, entailing, as you have heard, conslderable planning and expense to get there. The caves themselves are dark, featureless, and without interest, except for a strange echo. A curious place for such an elaborate picnic. The servants were all supplied by prisoner's Indian friends, with the one exception of the witness, Anthony. Anthony had received explicit instructions from Mr Heaslop to stay with the ladies at all times. Yet he remained behind. Yesterday you heard him admit that he had accepted money from the prisoner minutes before the departure of the train. And that brought us to Mr Fielding. We are asked to believe he was prevented from catching the train because another friend of the prisoner's, Professor Godbole, was saying his prayers. Prayers. After a most unpleasant altercation, I withdrew my hypothesis that similar persuasion had contributed towards this excess of religious zeal.
AmritraoI object, sir. Mr McBryde is quite blatantly using this opportunity to repeat the slander.
DasObjection sustained!
Mahmoud AliHa!
 (laughter in court)
DasOrder! Order! Order!
McBrydePrisoner had yet to rid himself of a third impediment. The lady in question suffered from what is known in medical parlance as 'claustrophobia'. Prisoner achieved his objective by entering the first cave with Miss Quested and the guide, leaving this elderly lady in the rear, where she was crushed and crowded by servants and villagers.
Dr AzizMrs Moore. He's speaking of Mrs Moore!
Mahmoud AliAre you accusing my client of attempted murder as well as rape? Now who is this lady he's talking about? I don't understand.
Dr AzizThe lady I met in the mosque. Mrs Moore.
Mahmoud AliMrs Moore? you speak of Mrs Moore?
McBrydeI don't propose to call her.
Mahmoud AliYou don't propose to call her because you can't! She was smuggled out of the country because she was on our side. She would have proved his innocence.
DasYou could have called her yourself. Neither side called her, neither may quote her as evidence.
Mahmoud AliBut she was kept from us! This is English justice? This is your British Raj? Just give us back Mrs Moore for five minutes.
HeaslopIf the point is of any interest, my mother should be reaching Aden at noon today, their time.
Mahmoud AliBanished by you!
DasPlease, please. This is no way to defend your case.
Mahmoud AliI'm not defending a case. And you are not trying one. We are both slaves!
DasMr Mahmoud Ali, unless you sit down, I shall have to exercise my authority.
Mahmoud AliDo so! This trial is a farce! I'm going! I ruin my career!
Dr AzizMrs Moore! Where are you, Mrs Moore?
Mahmoud AliWe want Mrs Moore! Mrs Moore! Mrs Moore!
DasOrder! Order!
Mahmoud AliFarewell, my friend. (says in Urdu to crowd outside 'Listen') They have taken Mrs Moore! (speaks more Urdu)
Mahmoud AliMrs Moore! Mrs Moore!
crowdMrs Moore! Mrs Moore!
Mahmoud AliMrs Moore! Mrs Moore!
 (crowd chanting)
Miss QuestedIsn't it strange? Rather wonderful.
HeaslopI knew they'd try something like this.
DasQuiet, please.
HeaslopPoor old Das.
DasQuiet! Order!
AmritraoI apologise for my colleague. He's an intimate friend of our client, and his feelings have carried him away.
DasMr Mahmoud Ali will have to apologise in person.
AmritraoExactly, sir, he must.
DasI must repeat that, as a witness, Mrs Moore does not exist. Neither you, Mr Amritrao, nor Mr McBryde, you, have any right to surmise what that lady would have said. She is not here and, consequently, she can say nothing.
 [scene: On the deck of an ocean liner. Mrs Moores funeral takes place]
OfficerThou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts. Shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer. We therefore commit her body to the deep to be turned into corruption. Looking for the resurrection of the body, when the sea shall give up her dead. I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me: 'Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord.'
 [scene: Back to the courtroom]
crowd(chanting) Mrs Moore! Mrs Moore!
McBrydeI now call upon Miss Quested.
Court OfficialPlace your hand on the book...
Miss Quested...and nothing but the truth.
DasQuiet, please. Silence!
McBrydeNow, Miss Quested... I would like to take you back to the moment when you came out of that first cave and found Mrs Moore collapsed in her chair. Are you with me?
Miss QuestedYes.
McBrydeDid she offer any explanation?
Miss QuestedErr.. she said she was upset by the echo and that she was tired.
McBrydeAnd taking advantage of her distress and fatigue, prisoner instructed the villagers and servants to remain behind, and took you off alone with the guide.
Miss QuestedYes. But it was at Mrs Moore's suggestion.
McBrydeI don't quite follow.
Miss QuestedShe'd been worried by the crowd and the stuffiness.
McBrydeAnd was concerned that you might be subjected to the same ordeal.
Miss QuestedNo. She wanted us to enjoy ourselves. She said so. She likes Dr Aziz.
McBrydeYes, I think I understand the situation. Yesterday, Mr Fielding sald that Mrs Moore was what he described as 'charmed' by him.
Miss QuestedIt was more than that. She liked him.
McBrydeNevertheless, you'd only met him on two occasions before the day of the crime.
Miss QuestedYes.
McBrydeSo it might possibly have been a rather impetuous assessment.
Miss QuestedPossibly. She's like that.
McBrydeMiss Quested, you heard this morning the slur cast on British justice by the defence. It is most important that you tell the court the absolute truth of what took place, painful as it may be.
Miss QuestedI was brought up to tell the truth.
McBrydeOf course.
Miss QuestedI'm sorry.
McBrydeThat's quite all right. Now, Miss Quested, you went off up the slope with the prisoner and the guide.
Miss QuestedYes.
McBrydeTake your time and cast your mind back. Miss Quested?
 [scene: She has flash-backs]
McBrydeMiss Quested, we were going up the slope. Is something wrong?
Miss QuestedI think it may have partly been my fault.
Miss QuestedWe'd stopped to look out over the plain. I could hardly see Chandrapore except through Mr Heaslop's binoculars. I asked Dr Aziz if he loved his wife when he married her. I shouldn't have done that.
DasThen why did you do it?
Miss QuestedI was thinking of my own marriage. Mr Heaslop and I had only just become engaged. Seeing Chandrapore so far away, I realised I didn't love him.
 (murmuring in court)
DasQuiet, please. Quiet.
McBrydeMiss Quested, you and the prisoner continued up to the caves?
Miss QuestedYes.
McBrydeWhere was the gulde?
Miss QuestedHe'd gone on ahead.
McBrydeSent on ahead?
Miss QuestedNo, he was waiting for us further along the ledge.
McBrydeBut when you reached the caves, prisoner left you and went to speak to the guide?
Miss QuestedI don't know if he spoke to him or not.
McBrydeHe left you and went off in his direction.
Miss QuestedYes.
McBrydeAnd what did you do?
Miss QuestedI waited.
DasYou said just now 'I think it may have been partly my fault.' Why?
Miss QuestedI had asked him about love.
DasAnd had thereby introduced a feeling of intimacy?
Miss QuestedThat is what I meant.
DasThank you. Mr McBryde.
McBrydePlease tell the court exactly what happened.
Miss QuestedI lit a match.
 [scene: Flashback to scene at the caves]
Dr AzizMiss Quested! Miss Quested! Miss Quested?
McBrydeAnd the prisoner followed you.
McBrydeMiss Quested, the prisoner followed you, didn't he?
Miss QuestedCould I please have a minute before I reply to that, Mr McBryde?
Miss QuestedI'm... I'm not quite sure.
McBrydeI beg your pardon? You are in the cave, and the prisoner followed you. What do you mean, please?
Miss QuestedNo.
DasWhat is that? What are you saying?
Miss QuestedI'm afraid I've made a mistake.
DasWhat nature of mistake?
Miss QuestedDr Aziz never followed me into the cave.
 (louder murmuring)
McBrydeNow Miss Quested, let us go on. I will read you the deposition which you signed when you arrived back with Mrs Callendar.
DasMr McBryde, you cannot go on. I was speaking to the witness. And the public will be silent! Miss Quested, address your remarks to me. And remember - you speak on oath, Miss Quested.
Miss QuestedDr Aziz...
CalendarI stop these proceedings on medical grounds!
DasQuiet! Please, sit down! You withdraw the accusation, Miss Quested? Answer me.
Miss QuestedI withdraw everything.
DasOrder! Order! The prisoner is released without one stain on his character!
Hamidullah(rushing outside) Dr Aziz is free!
McBrydeAre you mad?
Miss QuestedNo.
 (thunder rumbles. the rains start)
 (banging and screaming)
 (chanting) Dr Aziz! Dr Aziz!
 [scene: outside the courtroom. Aziz carried out shoulder high. All others leave hurriedly. Miss Quested wanders in a daze]
Mrs CallendarBitch.
manWe won!
FieldingWhat do you think you've been doing? Miss Quested! Where are you going?
Miss QuestedI don't know.
FieldingYou can't wander about like this. Who did you come with?
Miss QuestedI shall walk.
FieldingWhat madness. This could turn into a riot. We'll find my carriage. It's closed.
Dr AzizRichard! Richard!
FieldingI'm coming back.
Miss QuestedStay with him, please.
FieldingI can't leave you here. Anything could happen. There we are.
man in crowdCongratulations, sir!
man in crowdWe were waiting for you, sir!
FieldingThank you. Thank you very much. Make way, please. Thank you. Thank you. Where shall he take you?
Miss QuestedI don't know.
FieldingWhat do you mean? Get in.
man in crowdThat was Mr Fielding!
man in crowdAnd Mrs Moore!
crowd(chanting) Mrs Moore!
FieldingWhy did you make such a charge if you were going to withdraw it? I ought to feel grateful to you, I suppose.
Miss QuestedI don't expect gratitude.
FieldingDid you do it out of pity?
Miss QuestedMy echo's gone. I call the noise in my head my echo. I've had it since the cave.
FieldingMight the whole thing have been an hallucination? I have a hunch that poor old McBryde exorcised you. He took you back, step by logical step, into that cave, and you broke down quite suddenly.
Miss QuestedI thought you meant I'd seen a ghost.
FieldingNo, no.
Miss QuestedMrs Moore believes in ghosts.
FieldingWell, she's an old lady.
Miss QuestedWhat?
FieldingNo, I only meant that it's difficult, as we get older, not to believe that the dead live again.
Miss QuestedBecause the dead don't live again.
FieldingI fear not.
Miss QuestedSo do I.
 [scene: Inside Mr Fielding's house]
FieldingRanjit! He must have gone to the tamasha, but I can make some tea. Oh, forgive me a moment. Oh, dear. (he reads telegram, then hands it to Miss Quested)
Miss Quested'Annie Blair, fellow passenger.' I shall never see her again.
FieldingAh, Godbole.
GodboleThe boys said you were back.
GodboleI'm leaving for Kashmir tomorrow morning to take up my duties as minister of education. I came to say goodbye.
FieldingYes? Er... come in.
GodboleThank you. Thank you. Miss Quested. Please, I want to give you my address and extend an open invitation for you to visit me. Have you seen the Himalayas, Mr Fielding?
FieldingNo. Miss Quested has just had some bad news.
GodboleOh, I am sorry. Mrs Moore.
GodboleAddressed to you.
GodboleWhy did this lady send to you?
FieldingI don't know.
GodboleMr Fielding, I would venture to remark...
FieldingNow listen, Godbole.. Under the circumstances, I don't think we should pursue the matter further. (they go outside) I'm sorry, Godbole, but Miss Quested is extremely upset.
GodboleOf course, of course. Nevertheless I...
FieldingIt presumably came up in a casual shipboard conversation. No doubt Heaslop will be hearing from the company.
GodboleI see.
FieldingI shan't tell Aziz until tomorrow. Hamidullah's bound to be putting on a celebration tonight, and it'll only upset him.
GodboleOh, and have you heard about the damages?
GodboleAmritrao is asking twenty thousand rupees damages from... (he gestures to Miss Quested)
FieldingTwenty thousand?
GodboleAnd costs. Who could have foretold that Aziz would be saved by his enemy? What now, Mr Fielding?
 [scene: Fielding goes to Dr Aziz's house]
FieldingShukria. (knocks) Aziz!
Dr AzizCome in.
FieldingWell, what a wonderful day for you.
Dr AzizI am an Indian at last. Where did you take her?
FieldingI took her back to the college.
Dr AzizWhy?
FieldingAfter this morning, she'd nowhere else to go.
Dr AzizNo?
FieldingHeaslop? The Turtons? She had the entire Brltish Raj behind her pushing her on. But when she saw she was wrong, she stopped and sent the whole thing to smithereens. I wouldn't have had the courage.
Dr Aziz(shouts in Urdu to Hassan 'Go')
FieldingDo you mind if I sit?
Dr AzizPlease.
FieldingWhat will you do now?
Dr AzizHamidullah's giving me a victory party with fireworks and music.
FieldingGood. But I meant later. Now this dreadful business is over.
Dr AzizI shall look for another job. Hundreds of miles from here in an Indian state out of British India. And you?
FieldingI shall probably go to England for a long leave.
Dr AzizWill you and she be going back on the same boat?
FieldingNo. I couldn't possibly get away before the end of next term. Miss Quested is going as soon as she can get a passage.
Dr AzizI see.
Dr AzizI'm looking.
FieldingGodbole tells me that Amritrao is asking twenty thousand rupees damages.
Dr AzizAnd costs.
FieldingI'd hate to see her getting the worst of both worlds. It'll ruin her.
Dr AzizAnd me? Prison, my private letters read out in court, my wife's photograph taken to the station to be fingered by McBryde, all because a young girl 'fresh from England' got too much sun.
FieldingI know.
Dr AzizAnd I know what you're going to ask next. You're going to ask me to let her off paying, twenty thousand rupees, right? Then, if I agree, the English will be able to say 'Here is an Indian that almost behaved like a gentleman. But for the colour of his face, we might even let him join the club.' Is that why you came here to see me? Answer me. In the end, you English always stick together. I want to have nothing more to do with any of you. Any of you! You can go back to the college and tell her to keep the money. Tell her to use it to buy herself a husband! Tell her...
Hassan(speaks Urdu)
 (festive music and cheering )
Dr AzizAre you coming with me?
FieldingI don't think so.
 [scene: at Aziz's hospital in Srinagar]
Dr AzizYes?
HassanGodbole Sahib.
Dr AzizThis is a great honour, Professor. Anything wrong?
GodboleNo, no. They arrive at the state guest house this afternoon.
Dr AzizHow long have you known they were coming?
GodboleOne month, possibly two.
Dr AzizAnd why did you not tell me?
GodboleOne cannot tell anyone anything unless they are ready to hear it.
Dr AzizAnd what does that mean?
GodboleMr Fielding wrote you letters from London and Bombay. You tore them up.
Dr AzizI did.
GodboleThat is my point.
Dr Aziz'My dear Aziz, I have some news for you. I am going to marry someone whom you know.' The end of a foolish experiment. I have made a new life for myself up here... away from the English.
GodboleI shall be going to the guest house to greet them. But my religious duties will be claiming my full attention for the next three days. He's come all this way to find you. Can you not let bygones be bygones and show them around?
Dr AzizI'm sorry, Godbole, but I've had enough of showing Miss Quested India.
 [scene: The Fieldings come through the tunnel into Kashmir]
FieldingStop. Let's stop for a moment.
 [scene: They get out of the car and look at the mountains]
FieldingWe must be getting on.
 [scene: Dal Lake, Srinagar. Fielding takes a boat to Dr Aziz's houseboat]
BoatmanHouseboat, sahib.
FieldingHello! Aziz! Well, here you are at last. I've been looking for you everywhere.
Dr AzizAkbar! Jamila! (commands them to go in Urdu)
FieldingYour children?
Dr AzizYes. I suppose Godbole told you I was here.
FieldingThe minister of education never tells anyone anything unless he has to. His only piece of information was that the King George V high school was destined not to be. I was supposed to inspect it. Anyhow, here I am. I've been visiting schools all over the country. We called in at Chandrapore. Your bungalow's been turned into a shop. Turton's retired, Callendar's been given the push. And Hamidullah sends his salaams. It was he who told me you'd moved up here. So I wrote, care of Godbole. Why didn't you answer my letters?
Dr AzizYou married my enemy, stole my money.
FieldingAziz, I'm going to surprise you.
Dr AzizWhat do you mean?
FieldingMy wife is Mrs Moore's daughter.
Dr AzizStella?
FieldingStella. Miss Quested introduced us.
Dr AzizWhat a blunder. Where is she?
FieldingI left her at the guest house. You'll meet her tomorrow. She mustn't do too much just now.
Dr AzizShe is carrying your chlld?
Dr AzizSo after all, your name will not die out.
FieldingThat's right.
Dr AzizMrs Moore. (he goes outside and shouts:) Mrs Moore!
 [scene: Dr Aziz is writing a letter]
Dr AzizAnd Stella believes the evil of the Marabar has been wiped out, and so do I. Dear Miss Quested, tonight is the Festival of Light, and I am writing this to ask you to forgive me. It has taken all this time for me to appreciate your courage. Because of you, I am happy here with my children instead of in prison. And because of you, I want to do kind actions all round. Richard and Stella left this morning.
 [scene: The Fieldings are ready to leave in their car]
 [scene: Dr Aziz is writing a letter]
Dr AzizI do not think I will ever see them again.


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