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Meet the bored and lonely titular heroine of Satyajit Ray's Charulata.
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Calcutta. 1879. Charulata is staring through the slats of the window with her binoculars.
to adjust his shawl while holding his pipe at a jaunty angle.
He accidentally sweeps a doily off of an end table.
Chabi Biswas makes this look so easy.
What are you doing? What, what, what are you doing?
Oh sure he is, doll. Next you'll try to tell me a flute is just a musical instrument.
I can't believe you made him a notebook. And I know you've spent hours wondering whether he's written anything about you in there.
But this is Amal. Amal. You couldn't find anyone a little further from the family tree to get your long-lingering-look jollies with?
You have seen Amal, right?
Oh believe me, I get it, but giiiiirl, that boy is trouble. Even if he weren't your husband's brother, he strikes me as a smidge of a man-child who won't even have a conversation with you about what exactly is going on. And why was he so pouty about your success in the magazine? Congrats on that, by the way—look at you, published author!
And since he is your husband's brother, you know this has dead end written all over it. You've noticed he never makes a move, right? He's just not that into you—or at least not that into running away with his brother's wife.
CHARULATA (offering SGF some paan)
Let's focus on how to keep you from becoming this week's Calcutta scuttlebutt.
SGF (interrupting, eyes wide)
Grab what, exactly?
CHARULATA (looking down sheepishly)
He had a rip in his kurta, and he had to take it off so I could mend it, and....
SGF (clapping excitedly)
I knew it! You big slut! Good for you! But we should save the details for next time we're out of your husband's house, non?
CHARULATA (her face falling)
I'm never out of this house.
Eesh! There's a depression over the Bay of Bengal and its name is Charulata!
And we can go to the British Library! And visit Dickens's tomb!