As the religious festival continues, two of the English guests go out on a boat.
After he sees them, Aziz goes to the European Guest House, where the guests
are staying. No one appears to be there, and he reads two letters, one from
Ronny to Fielding, and one from Miss Quested to Mrs. Fielding. The letters do
nothing to improve his feelings about the English. Then Ralph Moore, Mrs.
Moore's son, enters the room. He has been stung earlier by bees, and Aziz offers
to take a look at the stings. He speaks roughly to the young man, but then he
relents, remembering that Ralph is the son of his friend. He offers to take Ralph
out on the lake for half an hour, and as he does so his old sense of hospitality
returns. The sights and sounds of the continuing festival are all around them as
they row out on the lake. Then a storm comes up, and in the confusion, Aziz's
boat hits the boat which contains Fielding and his wife. The boats capsize, but
the water is shallow, and no one come to any harm.
The next day, Aziz and Fielding, friends again, go for their last ride in the Mau
jungle. Aziz produces a letter he has written to Miss Quested, praising her
bravery. As the two men talk, it becomes clear to both of them that they will not
meet again. There is no social framework in which Fielding, an Englishman, can
continue to see Aziz, an Indian.
The predominant mood in the last two chapters is one of reconciliation. This
happens because of the chaotic Hindu festival, which neither Aziz (a Moslem) or
Fielding professes to understand. But the festival produces a wave of love and
reconciliation between people. It reconciles Aziz and Fielding, Aziz and Mrs.
Moore's son, and even Aziz and Miss Quested (since he writes her an
appreciative letter). However, the final image presented by the novel is not one of
union but of separation. Individuals may be reconciled to each other, but the gap
between cultures remains unbridgeable, at least for the time being