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Matters of Life & Dating (TV Movie ) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Release date. 1 November (UK premiere); 15 December (UK general ). Running time. minutes. Country, United Kingdom. Language, English. Budget, £, (est.) or £, Box office, $1,, (US). A Matter of Life and Death is a British fantasy-romance film written, produced and directed .. Ian Christie wrote, "the chess plot may also be of more. Family Matters is the third novel by Indian-born author Rohinton Mistry. It was first published by McClelland and Stewart in The novel is set in the city of Mumbai, where Mistry was born and grew up, and tells the story of a middle-class Parsi family living through a domestic crisis. Roxana, who lives a contented life with Yezad and her two children (Murad.
Scobie declines the bribe and takes the letter, but having opened and read it through thus breaking the rules and finding it innocuous, he decides not to submit it to the authorities, and burns it.
Scobie suspects the involvement of the local agent of a Syrian man named Yusef, a local black marketeer. Yusef denies it, but warns Scobie that the British have sent a new inspector specifically to look for diamonds; Scobie claims this is a hoax and that he doesn't know of any such man.
Scobie later dreams that he is in Pemberton's situation, even writing a similar note, but when he awakens, he tells himself that he could never commit suicide, as no cause is worth the eternal damnation that suicide would bring. Scobie tries to secure a loan from the bank to pay the two hundred pound fee for Louise's passage, but is turned down.
Yusef offers to lend Scobie the money at four per cent per annum.
Scobie initially declines, but after an incident where he mistakenly thinks Louise is contemplating suicide, he accepts the loan and sends Louise to South Africa.
Wilson meets them at the pier and tries to interfere with their parting. Shortly afterwards, the survivors of a shipwreck begin to arrive after forty days at sea in lifeboats.
One young girl dies as Scobie tries to comfort her by pretending to be her father, who was killed in the wreck. A year-old woman named Helen Rolt also arrives malnourished and dehydrated, clutching an album of postage stamps.
She was married before the ship left its original port and is now a widow, and her wedding ring is too big for her finger.
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Scobie feels drawn to her, as much to the cherished album of stamps as to her physical presence, even though she is not beautiful. She reminds him of his daughter. He soon starts a passionate affair with her, all the time being aware that he is committing a grave sin of adultery.
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After Louise unexpectedly returns, Scobie struggles to keep her ignorant of his love affair. But he is unable to renounce Helen, even in the confessional, where the priest instructs him to think it over and postpones absolution. Still, to placate his wife, Scobie attends Mass with her and receives communion in his state of mortal sin—a sacrilege according to Catholic teaching. Soon after Yusef's servant delivers a "gift" to Scobie, which he refuses; however, Scobie's servant, Ali, witnesses this and a romantic embrace between Scobie and Helen.
Scobie visits Yusef to confront him about the gift but more so to unburden his suspicion that Ali, whom he had trusted for all of their 15 years together, is disloyal. Yusef says he will take care of the matter, which within a few hours ends up in Ali being killed by local teenagers known as "wharf rats".
The reader is led to believe that Yusef arranged the killing; however, Scobie blames himself. Having gone this far down the path of ruin and seeing no way out, the proud Scobie decides to free everyone from himself—including God—and plots his death by faking a heart ailment and getting a prescription for sleeping pills.
Knowing full well that suicide is the ultimate damnation according to Church doctrine, he proceeds in the end to commit suicide with the pills.
The act, however, yields ambiguous results. Helen continues her dreary existence. And Louise, who knew about the affair all along, is made to realize by her suitor, Wilson, that Scobie's death was a suicide. The concluding chapter consists of a short encounter between Louise and the confessional priest.
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Louise tries to rationalise Scobie's suicide in relation to his Catholicism, to which the priest advises that no one can know what's in a person's heart or about God's mercy. Major Henry Scobie — Longtime police deputy commissioner and protagonist of the novel.
Louise Scobie — Henry's devout Catholic wife.
Catherine Scobie — Deceased daughter of Henry and Louise. Ali — Scobie's long-time African servant. Edward Wilson — New inspector who secretly spies on the actions of Major Scobie, and is in love with Louise. Helen Rolt — Newly arriving widow who becomes Scobie's mistress. Yusef — Syrian local black marketeer who blackmails Scobie after finding a letter in which he expresses his love for Helen.
Tallit — Catholic Syrian who is the main competitor to Yusef. Father Rank — Local Catholic priest.
Father Clay — Catholic priest at Bamba who reads about saints. This section needs additional citations for verification. She lives in a tiny apartment with less than half the space as that of the flat that Coomy and Jal share. Roxana is fond of her father but her household's resources are stretched to the limit with the cost of nursing him. Her older son and her husband resent the instrusion.
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Her younger son assists her as much as he can. He and his mother are the only ones who help Nariman keep his humanity.
As Yezad comes to centre stage for the following part of the book, the author explores the problems faced by an average middle-class family. Financial problems lure him and Jehangir towards greed and money. The subplot of the book, which involves Yezad hatching a plan to cheat his employer of a large sum in order to meet his growing expenses by making up a Shiv Sainik threat.
This subplot acts as the turning point in the main story. The book contains many details of the Parsis' practices, rituals, intolerances, and the concerns of native Parsis. In the epilogue, the youngest of all characters, Jehangir, becomes the narrator, describing the metamorphosis that religion, age, death, and wealth bring to his family.
Coomy is now dead.
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Roxanna's family now lives with Jal. A full time nurse has been hired for Nariman and Roxanna feels guilty about it since her father now has bedsores - a sign of lack of care. Yezad has undergone a sea change - from an atheist to a Orthodox Zoroastrian fanatic.