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In "An Astrologer's Day," I believe the astrologer has suffered enough for his crime. He has had to move far away from his home land. He has suffered by being away from his family. Also, the astrologer clearly has not had peace of mind throughout all the years.
When he finds that Guru Nayak is alive, he breathes a sigh of relief. He shares with his wife that he is freed from the burden he carried all through the years.
No doubt, the astrologer has carried a heavy burden through the years. He has paid for his crime. His anxiety from committing the crime has been a burden throughout the years.
When he learns that Guru Nayak is alive, he shares with his wife the relief he now has since committing the crime. No doubt, he has carried a heavy burden through all the years. Now, he can rest in peace again, now knowing Guru Nayak is alive and well.
The astrologer explains the story to his wife:
"Yes, in our village, when I was a silly youngster, we drank, gambled, and quarreled badly one day, why think of it now? Time to sleep," he said, yawning, and stretched himself on the pyol.
Clearly, the astrologer was a silly youngster and now that he is older and wiser, he has paid for his crime through nights of agonizing sleep. Tonight he will sleep peacefully for the first time in years.
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