The story by E. M. Forster, 'A passage to India' is written in the 1920s when the English and the Indians were not very friendly. "The story revolves around four characters" Literary Appreciation on (78) Dr. Aziz, his British friend Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Adela Quested. The story is geared to showing the social differences that existed between the Britons and the Indians. This comes out clearly through the way in which the four major characters relate. "On the second rise is laid out the little civil station, and viewed hence Chandrapore appears to be a totally different place. It is a city of gardens. It is no city, but a forest sparsely scattered with huts. It is a tropical pleasaunce washed by a noble river." Chapter 1, pg. 4
The setting of the story clearly marks the racial boundaries that existed between the Indians and the English. The English lived in well and rich fixed apartments in towns while the Indians lived in poorly fixed areas.
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Chandrapore is where the story revolves. The poverty of the have nos and haves of the city that are not so impoverished; but only the haves, the one occupied by the English, exhibits any level of affluence.