The Postmaster

“‘I was thinking,’ said the postmaster, ‘of teaching you to read,’ and then for the rest of the afternoon he taught her the alphabet.”

Tagor, Rabindranath. “The Postmaster.” Macmillan and Co., 1918, pp. 163.

As the postman looks on the rain clouds, the birds, and the falling leaves, he concludes that the loneliness they express is the same loneliness he feels in his heart. Soon after he has this thought, he calls on Ratan. His decision to teach her the alphabet turns their master-servant relationship into a more intimate teacher-pupil one. Just as Ratan has been giving her services to the postmaster, the postmaster has now reciprocated that by doing something for Ratan, making a deeper place for himself in her life.