So the traveller, borne on the breast of the swift-flowing river, consoled himself with philosophical reflections […] But Ratan had no philosophy. […] Alas for the foolish human heart!
Tagore, Rabindranath. “The Postmaster.” Macmillan and Co., 1918, pp. 169.
The narrator describes Ratan from a distance, observing her with generalizations of her being and personality. The narrator also seems to trivialize her existence, emotions, behaviors, etc. as childishly “foolish,” while also using her to convey the emotional sentiments of the story.