“On some evenings, seated at his desk in the corner of the big empty shed, the postmaster too would call up memories of his own home… memories which were always haunting him, but which he could not talk with the men of the factory, though he found himself naturally recalling them aloud in the presence of the simple little girl,”
Tagor, Rabindranath. “The Postmaster.” Macmillan and Co., 1918, pp. 162.
The narrator uses Ratan as an outlet for reconciling difficult memories of his past. Her eagerness to open up about her own troubled upbringing allows for a relationship to form where neither pass judgment on each other. This exchange seems therapeutic in a way, as the narrator is able to articulate haunting thoughts instead of keeping them bottled up, a practice which he would not feel comfortable doing in the presence of other acquaintances or colleagues.