The Postmaster

“After a while Ratan rose, and went off to the kitchen to prepare the meal ; but she was not so quick about it as on other days. Many new things to think of had entered her little brain. When the postmaster had finished his supper, the girl suddenly asked him : ‘ Dada, will you take me to your home ? ‘

The postmaster laughed. ‘ What an idea ! ‘ said he ; but he did not think it necessary to explain to the girl wherein lay the absurdity.”

Tagor, Rabindranath. “The Postmaster.” Macmillan and Co., 1918, pp. 166.


The narrator has a stronger understanding of Ratan’s emotions and thoughts than the Postmaster does. Ratan is struck by the news that her “dada” will be returning home and has no idea what that means for her. She hopes that the Postmaster will take her with him. Ratan has became attached to him and sees him as an older brother (dada) or maybe he became a vessel for her own father. She cannot imagine being away from him or him leaving her. The Postmaster does not see Ratan this way. He sees her as just his servant so it’s absurd that he’ll take her with him.