Richard Fielding Quotes in A Passage to India (1984)

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Richard Fielding Quotes:

  • Ali: How is Britain justified in holding India?

    Dr. Aziz H. Ahmed: Unfair political question!

    Richard Fielding: No, no! Well, personally, I'm here because I need a job.

    Ali: Qualified Indians also need jobs!

    Richard Fielding: I got here first.

    [laughter]

    Richard Fielding: Well, I like it here and that's my excuse.

    Advocate Hamidullah: And those Englishmen who do not like it here?

    Richard Fielding: Chuck 'em out.

    [laughter]

    Ali: Indians are also saying that.

  • Turton: [in a club meeting] There is a certain member here present who is known to be in contact with the defense. One can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds - at least not in this country!

    Richard Fielding: I'd like to say something.

    Turton: Please do.

    Richard Fielding: I believe Dr. Aziz is innocent. I will await the verdict of the jury. If he is found guilty, I will resign my post and leave India. I resign from the Club now!

    [exits]

  • Adela Quested: I do so hate mysteries.

    Richard Fielding: We English do.

    Mrs. Moore: I rather like mysteries - but I rather dislike muddles.

    Richard Fielding: A mystery is only a high-sounding term for a muddle. Me and the Professor know that India is a muddle.

    Professor Godbhole: Agreed, I am sorry to say.

  • Professor Godbhole: Nothing you do will change the outcome.

    Richard Fielding: So "Do nothing!" Is that your philosophy?

    Professor Godbhole: My philosophy is you can do what you like... but the outcome will be the same.

  • Richard Fielding: [on the glasses found on Aziz after the latter's arrest] If he had assaulted her he'd scarcely bring the evidence back with him.

    McBryde: Doesn't surprise me.

    Richard Fielding: I don't follow.

    McBryde: When you think of crime, you think of English crime. The psychology's different here.

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