"She made them write lines - 'impositions' she called them - I will always speak in English, I will always speak in English."

Baby Kochamma reprimands the twins for speaking in Malayalam, by both taking money from their pocket money and by punishing them in the form of writing lines. It was - and possibly still remains to be - the belief that the ability to speak English was of the higher classes in the caste system. Thus, in the days leading up to Sophie Mol and her mother's arrival, Baby Kochamma wishes to engrain in the children the need to speak English, more in her desire for appearing upper class to the sophisticated British guests. This quote reiterates the view of English society being sophisticated and an ideal for which one always ought to strive.