Chapter 11 Complete!

I completed the first draft of Chapter 11 a few days ago. Here are the highlights:

  1. Gopal in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Contradictory views about women’s freedoms, inflammatory speeches about missionaries. As if setting out to undo the image of himself as a progressive thinker and a supporter of women.
  2. Anandi getting ready for Gopal’s arrival.  Feeling anticipation about being reunited with husband after a two year separation. Feeling worry about coping with Gopal 2.0.
  3. Resisting pressure to convert to Christianity from the Dean of the college.
  4. Visit to well-known churches in Brooklyn, private meetings with “star” ministers of those churches.  Henry Ward Beecher (brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin) and Thomas Dewitt Talmage.
  5. Glimpses of Anandi’s emerging identity as a physician. Her illness and the effect of this on her studies.
  6. Hints of discord and disconnect between Anandi and Gopal.

The one constant in the story: the love, engagement and commitment between Anandi and her American “aunt” Theodocia, as exemplified in these letter excerpts:

I send you some flowers & I hope you will accept them (not as my love but) with my love for they might dry or spoil before you receive them.

and,

Had I been of the opinion that punctuality in one’s correspondence is the only means or sign of one’s love (which we can judge), I would have been in despair as to my ever making, far less keeping, a friend. But I always have hoped for a better differentiation between love and punctuality from my friends. You know, dear aunt, you have a very neglectful and non punctual niece. And that you are so indulgent in and forgiving to her that she never feels afraid to take advantage of your good nature.

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