Moll Flanders

Midnight’s Children – Book One: The Perforated Sheet, Mercurochrome

Summary: The Perforated Sheet Saleem Sinai opens the novel by explaining the exact date and time of his birth: August 15, 1947, at midnight. Saleem’s birth coincides precisely with the moment India officially gains its independence from Britain. Thus, as Saleem notes, his miraculously timed birth ties him to the fate of the country. He …

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Midnight’s Children – Hit-the-Spittoon, Under the Carpet

Summary: Hit-the-Spittoon Saleem claims that his body—worn down by time, history, and fatigue—will soon break into hundreds of millions of pieces. He describes how he makes his living making chutney and other condiments and how Padma prepares his food and bed in the factory. Being impotent, Saleem can’t respond to Padma’s sexual advances. Saleem returns …

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Midnight’s Children – A Public Announcement, Many-headed Monsters

Summary: A Public Announcement Saleem begins describing the political events of 1947. He interrupts his story at one point to complain that a Dr. N. Q. Balliga has dismissed his claims to have cracks in his body. He returns to his historical account and describes his mother and father’s departure from Agra and their subsequent …

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Midnight’s Children – Book Two: The Fisherman’s Pointing Finger, Snakes and Ladders

Summary: The Fisherman’s Pointing Finger Padma becomes upset at Saleem because he has used the word love in reference to her. Saleem returns to his story and describes a painting of Walter Raleigh that hung above his crib as a child. In the painting, a fisherman points off into the distance, and Saleem speculates as …

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Midnight’s Children – The Kolynos Kid, Commander Sabarmati’s Baton

Summary: The Kolynos Kid Saleem asserts that though he appears to be a perennial victim, the kind of person “to whom things have been done,” he persists in seeing himself as the protagonist of his story. He contemplates how an individual’s life might be connected to the history of a nation and says that he …

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Midnight’s Children – Revelations, Movements Performed by Pepperpots

Summary: Revelations Saleem tells us that Lord Khusro, today the wealthiest and most famous guru in India, was once his childhood friend, Cyrus-the-great. After Cyrus’s father dies from choking on an orange seed, Cyrus’s fanatical mother begins claiming her son is a holy child and invents a history for him based, in part, on a …

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