What is the significance of sending the elephant?
Roy refuses to sell the elephant, Moti, and the beautiful white horse because they were both loved by his son Khoka. But then he tells the servant to dress Moti in her finest trappings and to take the elephant and a gold coin on a silver platter to his nouveau-riche neighbor. (He ends up sending a gold coin on a copper platter because all the silver has been disposed of.)
But what is the significance of sending the elephant and the coin? Is he sending a message, and if so what is it? Or is he giving Moti to Ganjuli, and if so, why?