"Pappachi would not believe her story - not because he thought well of her husband, but simply because he didn't believe that an Englishman, any Englishman, would covet another man's life."

This quote further develops the patriarchal rule that governs Ammu's life. Upon escaping the abusive and destructive relationship with her husband, she returns to Ayemenem, but instead of finding herself wrapped into the safety of her family's arms, her father completely disregards the story of what Ammu went through with her husband. To him, the mere thought that an Englishman could desire his daughter, could covet a woman in marriage, is unfathomable and it is to his devout faith in English society and the paradigms that rule it that he clings. His daughter is now nothing more than a source of shame and a burden upon him and his family.