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I want to know the characters in the short story "The Thief," written by Ruskin Bond.

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shubhankar01 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM via web

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I want to know the characters in the short story "The Thief," written by Ruskin Bond.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM (Answer #1)

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There are two characters in Ruskin Bond's short story "The Thief."

The Thief/ Deepak

The narrator of the story is the thief. The story is told in first person; therefore, the thief tells his own story. After Arun asks him his name, the thief gives him the name of Deepak. This is not the thief's real name (as seen in the text).

"Deepak," I lied.

Deepak was about my fifth name. I had earlier called myself Ranbir, Sudhir, Trilok and Surinder.

The thief is fifteen when the story takes place. The thief sees Arun as an easy target to rob and persuades his way into Arun's home.

Arun

Arun is "around twenty" when he first meets the thief. Arun employs the thief as a cook (even though the cooking is horrible). In the end, Arun helps the thief to realize that people can change and promises to teach him to write.

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