Examine the significance of the title, "A Temporary Matter."

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Jhumpa Lahiri's story "A Temporary Matter," from the collection Interpreter of Maladies, tells the story of the tense marriage between Shoba and Shukumar. The premise of the story is referred to in its title: for a short period, the electrical company will turn off the power for an hour each night, until they have made repairs to a line destroyed in a snowstorm. When the couple receive the notice, we learn that both partners feel internally disappointed with their lives: Shoba has apparently ceased to care about her appearance as much as she once did, and Shukumar is still finishing a dissertation even though he's in his mid-thirties. However, when the power outages begin, the couple find that they can reconnect.

The other "temporary matter" referred to in the title, beyond the power outages, is the bond that the couple forges during these dark hours. They begin to make confessions to each other during that time, and their relationship recovers an intimacy it has not had in a long time....

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