Amongst all this change, Boori Ma is still the same. "There was no need to use the basin downstairs, for she could just as easily wash, as she always had, from the tap. she still planned to polish the banister poles with her quilts. She continued to sleep on her newspapers." Here, Lahiri contrasts Boori Ma completely from the tenents. Boori ma is still using the same things, and Lahiri makes a point of it, emphasizing her growing difference from the rest of the tenents, who are rapidly changing.