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The 'Bridge Party' offered by the British officialdom is a total failure but the tea-party of Fielding is a grand success. Perhaps realising the cold behaviour and indifference of the British officialdom at the 'Bridge Party' to the Indians, Fielding, a man of good soul, along with Mrs. Moore and Adela, make genuine efforts to meet and talk to them courteously. Mr. Fielding is the only Englishman who feels almost at home at the 'Bridge Party'. Finding the two new ladies, (Mrs. Moore and Adela Quested) from England to be quite friendly towards the Indians, he himself takes an opportunity to invite them to a tea-party at his residence. He tells the two ladies that he would invite few more people so that they would be able to meet some Indians again.
 significance of Fielding's tea-party in A Passage to India

Fielding is a liberal, broad-minded man who has travelled widely and does not fit into the narrow world of the Anglo-Indian club. Despite some cultural misunderstandings, Fielding and Aziz take to each other immediately. When he is invited to the tea-party, he is touched by the true courtesy of the Englishman.

Aziz is the first to arrive at the tea-party. When they start talking, Aziz's impulsiveness and Fielding's goodwill dissolve all the racial barriers between them and a strong friendship develops between the two.

After the arrival of Mrs. Moore and Adela, the tea-party becomes very enjoyable. It is an unconventional party, where Aziz is in his full glory. He talks widely about the past glory of the Muslims, their architecture and a host of other subjects. The ladies are highly pleased with Aziz's enthusiasm and simple directness. Adela is so much infected that unconsciously she breaks the news that she has decided not to marry such a bureaucrat as Ronny Heaslop.

During conversation Azie invites the guest to the Marabar caves. Adela asks him to describe the caves, but oddly enough Aziz has never been there himself and cannot do so. The group then encourages the mysterious Professor Godbole to speak about them, but he seems strangely unwilling to. Suddenly Ronny Heaslop arrives to pick up Adela and Mrs. Moore. With typical Anglo-Indian snobbishness he coldly cuts Aziz and the Professor, thereby thoroughly puncturing the warm mood on the party. The party breaks up in some discord and bad temper.

To sum up, the tea-party of Fielding is significant in several respects. It restores what was lost in the 'Bridge party'-the understanding and friendship between the English and the Indians.


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