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A story does not have to have a moral. A short story, according to Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern short story, a story has to produce a "single effect." Tagore's story "The Postmaster" certainly does that. The effect we feel is deep pity for the poor orphan girl who was so devoted to the postmaster. That feeling stays with us long after we have read the story, and if we go back and read it again we will experience the same strong "effect" or emotion all over again. If there is any moral intended, it is probably: Life is cruel, or life is unfair. Perhaps what is important is that we feel love for the girl and that we share this love with all the other people in different lands who also feel love for the same girl. The moral of any story has to be deduced from its "single effect."
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