In 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

In 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to ever land on the
moon, where they planted an American flag before returning back to Earth. This historic event figures
significantly in Lahiri’s story—but why? How might the symbol of the American flag on the moon relate to some
of the themes the story explores? What is the significance of the moon landing to Mrs. Croft, to the narrator,
and to the relationship that develops between them?

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