The Narrator’s Relationship with Ratan

“The master said : ‘ You need not be anxious about my going away, Ratan ; I shall tell my successor to look after you.’ … Ratan had borne many a scolding from her master without complaint, but these kind words she could not bear. She burst out weeping, and said : ‘No, no, you need not tell anybody anything at all about me ; I don’t want to stay on here.'”

Tagor, Rabindranath. “The Postmaster.” Macmillan and Co., 1918, pp. 167.

In one of the final scenes between Ratan and the postmaster, the difference in how Ratan views him versus how he values her is highlighted, as she weeps at the most simple statement he could possibly say, while he says what he sees as just enough to comfort her. The postmaster frames it as she is just anxious about him leaving, but in reality Ratan holds a close emotional bond with him through the memories that they’ve shared and the time they spent together, time that she doesn’t want to spend with another replacement person, while the postmaster sees his presence as something that can be replaced. Ratan fell into the emotions of seeing their relationship as more permanent, but the postmaster saw it as temporary – for what it was.