“Swami went to his seat with a bleeding heart. He had never met a man so good as Samuel.”
“He is very violent, especially with boys who come late. Some days ago a boy was made to stay on his knees for a whole period in the corner of the class because he came late, and that after getting six cuts from the cane and having his ears twisted. I wouldn’t like to go late to Samuel’s class.”
Narayan, R.K. Malgudi Days. New York: Penguin, 2006.
Notes: I was wondering if these stories that Swami tells about Samuel are fabrications to get him out of school. I think they are. Even when Samuel eventually canes Swami, he does it reluctantly, it seems like.
“[Swami] asked the peon, ‘Where is the headmaster?’ ‘Why do you want him?’ ‘My father has sent a letter for him.’ ‘He has taken the afternoon off and won’t come back for a week. You can give the letter to the assistant headmaster. He will be here now.’ ‘Who is he?’ ‘Your teacher, Samuel. He will be here in a second.’ Swaminathan fled from the place” (72).
Narayan, R. K. (1941). Malgudi days. (p. 72). New York, NY: Penguin Books.
Notes: The ending of this short story really peaked my interest because it was a surprise and ironic ending. I was certainly not expecting for the assistant headmaster to be Samuel, and being surprised really can peak a reader’s interest. After this point, I expected to be surprised in the other readings and found myself trying to solve this puzzle of sorts before I finished reading each short story.