Source of Indian Anecdote

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 17 21:30:46 UTC 2002

Someone I know recalls reading a novel or seeing a film in which a
businessman carries a card saying something like "B.A. Oxon. (Failed)."
The person thought the novel or movie was E. M. Forster, A Passage to
India, but has been told it is not in there.  Any suggestions as to which
novel or film contains this?


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