What is the plot of the story "The Postmaster" by Rabindranath Tagore?

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An Englishman establishe a post office in the small village of Ulapur.The postmaster who belonged to Calcutta took up his duty  in this post office. Being separated from his family  nd being from a big city, he felt like  a big fish trapped in a pond.The village  was remote   nd thepostm,aster hardly got any  decent company .Also being from a city,he found it difficult to  be at ease with the village folks.He tried his hands at writing, but failed drastically .he being  a lad from a concrete world could not  define the beauty of that remote village.he used to cook his meals  by himself  and loved to share it with Ratan, an orphan girl who  loved to  help him in his domestic chores. She used to address him as Dada.The postmaster would fondly search excuses to start a conversation with Ratan as he had  no other to talk to.He would ask her about her family and Ratan did not have many memories of her family to be recalled. There were only fragments like pictures, of her father coming home in the evening, and her little brother whom she played with, fishing on the edge of the pond. The post master felt quite at ease with the little girl nd used to tell her about his family..As time   passed, Ratan started knowing his family as if she had known them for years. He also  expressed his desire to teach her alphabets nd very soon she  learnt all the cononants

The rainy season had started and it seemed like  it would never come to an end. The already confined village  activities  became more restricted and the postmaster fell ill  in this solitude. Ratan took good care of him just like a mother and helped him recover soon. Being sick of the loneliness, the postmaster applied for a transfer on grounds of the unhealthy village conditions.But his application was rejected.He then decided to resign.When he broke this news to  Ratan, she  asked him to take her too with  him to Calcutta  . But the postmaster laughed off her silly suggestion. Ratan felt sad and broken. While leaving the place, he tried to convince her that  he would ask the next postmaster to take good care of her and also  offered her some money which she refused to take and said that she did not want to stay there any more .The little girl was  left totally broken and shattered, still with a vague hope that someday her Dada would return.

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