"As for Rahel... It ushered Rahel through childhood (from school to school) into womanhood."

In this extract, Roy destinctly speaks to the death of Sophie Mol and its repercussions on Rahel and Estha - indeed, on everyone in the novel - outliving the very life that was lost. It replays the memories Rahel has of her, which are always distinct. As a young child at Sophie Mol's funeral, Rahel states that the funeral was what killed Sophie Mol. By the same token, it can be argued that it was the death of Sophie Mol that "killed" Estha and Rahel's life course and diverged them onto the paths they find themselves in the culmination of the novel.