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: 270) The narrator chooses an example to illustrate the “[…] sybaritic and nearly insan- ity-producing pampering [...]” (ibid: 290) that is not connected to his theoretical examinations. He describes how he wants to get his luggage to his cabin by himself, something that puts the “Lebanese porter […] in a terrible kind of sedulous-ser- vice double bind, a paradox of pampering: viz. the The-Passenger’s-Always-Right- versus-Never-Let-A-Passenger-Carry-His-Own-Bag paradox” (ibid: 291). Later, a higher-ranked officer comes to apologize for the porter’s “misbehavior

a Jewish Lebanese; Miss Becky Patterson, assistant at the British Library with a degree in Tibetan, is the daughter of third-generation Zimbabwean farmers; Miss Yoshi Kamimura, a Japanese language student, is pregnant from an Italian fascist drug dealer; Mr Igor Klimov and Mr Dimitri Belinkov are illegal Russian immigrants looking for work. And Mrs Rezia Begum, an immigrant from a Bengal village to Brick Lane, is reminiscent of the character Nazneen in Monica Ali’s novel. The novel, however, does not only chart this multiplicity of strangers, immigrants, and