context - from E. M. Forster's letter - his opinions may seem offensive, and I have yet to see whether and how they surface in the novel, so for the time being, I'll mark it as a "to his closest Indian friend Syed Ross Masood - almost certainly the main model for the character of Aziz in A Passage to India
, and probably Forster's lover for a short period - explaining the difficulties he was having with the composition of the novel. The tone of the boook had become darker than he intended; he felt much more bitter towards the British after the Amritsar massacre, but he was also less enchanted with the Indians that he had once been:
When I began the book I thought of it as a little bridge of sympathy between East and West, but this conception has had to go, my sense of truth forbids anything so comfortable. I think that most Indians, like most English people, are shits, an I am not interested whether they sypathise with one another or not. Not interested as an artist; of course the journalistic side of me still gets roused ober these questions..." (330)
. Source: Jackson, Kevin. Constellation of Genius: 1922 - Modernism and All That Jazz. London: Windmill, 2013. Print.