A Beaten Dog

Charat Singh’s generous promise had called forth that trait of servility in Bakha which he had inherited from his forefathers, the weakness of the down-trodden, the helplessness of the poor and the indigent, suddenly receiving help, the passive contentment of the bottom dog suddenly illuminated by the prospect of fulfillment of a secret and long-cherished desire. He saluted his benefactor and bent down to his work again. (17)

This not the only time at the start of the novel where we see the conditioned response of those with nothing in response to those who seem to have it all. ¬†Even Bakha, described as rebellious, can not deny this reaction and isn’t even aware of it.