Partial: not total or general; incomplete; a component (from dictionary.com)
Homi K. Bhabha refers to different aspects of mimicry, of uncertainty, as something that is partial. He provides us with his definition: "'incomplete'" and "'virtual'" (86). Everything about mimcry is incomplete because it is simply "farce," something that merely substitutes for another. Bhabha refers to Charles Grant's ideas regarding Christianity for Indians, which includes a desire for a "'partial' diffusion of Christianity, and the 'partial' influence of moral improvements" (87). There is an underlying idea that if we refuse to allow something to be complete, a thought, a belief, then we can stay completely in control, and we can decide what mimicry exists.
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