Additionally, although Sonia’s and Ashima’s characters are developed somewhat in this chapter, the narrative revolves primarily, here, around Gogol and his father—a relationship that will recur later in the novel, after a different kind of tragedy. Parts of the novel focus on Ashoke, Ashima, and Gogol, but, interestingly, Sonia does not receive nearly as great an emphasis, and the reader rarely has direct access to her thoughts. There might be many reasons for this. But it is worth considering whether Lahiri herself—a young woman who grew up in New England, in a Bengali family—has “written herself,” or a perspective similar to hers, “out of the novel.” Sonia is present, an intelligent and near-constant observer of the action of the novel, and her viewpoint might shadow Lahiri’s. Sonia will go on to serve an increasingly important role in Ashima’s home life. But the reader does not learn Sonia’s desires, or the details of her friendship and relationships, the way the reader learns Gogol’s.