It is as if the Ice-candy-man is meant to symbolize the unreliable quality of humans and society as a whole. Sidhwa also proves through this personality how good and evil can co-exist in one person.
Ice-candy-man is portrayed as being rather well informed on current affairs and politics; in fact often he is Ayah's and Lenny's source of news and information.
"News and gossip flow off his glib tongue like a torrentaE
It is evident that however, Lenny sees him as a shady character. He is deliberately shown to us in a negative light; clearly this is a hint of how he will behave further into the story.One of Ayah's other suitors Masseur's character is fairly significant as he is Ayah's true love to whom she plans to be betrothed. His tragic and mysterious death helps to complicate the plot as it provokes the readers mind to consider his murder as an act of the Ice-candy-man's jealousy.
Lenny's progression from childhood to adolescence coincides with India's independence from Britain's colonial rule and the partitioning of India and Pakistan. Suddenly Lenny finds her self caught amongst the chaos of the nation and her own home. We are given a detailed and insightful account of how she sees everything burning in the c