What bitter lesson does Ravi learn at the end of the story "Games at Twilight"?

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As Ravi hides in the shed for many hours, he believes he will be the champion of the game and a “true winner, a breaker of records, a champion.” He uses this to steel himself against his fear while he is in the dark shed.

After Ravi runs across the yard to the porch to win the game, he feels “rage and pity” that he forgot the final criteria for winning the game. After Ravi chants “I won, I won, I won,” the other children slowly realize that he has been missing the whole time and that they did not notice it.

At the end of this story, Ravi realizes that nobody noticed or cared that he wasn’t found at the end of the game. Ravi’s true bitter lesson is that he was forgotten and that he doesn’t matter, as the final line in the story portrays him “silenced by a terrible sense of his insignificance.”

Ravi's childish crying at not winning a game have given way to a larger, more adult, sadness about his own unimportance. For this reason, he stops crying and simply lays silent,...

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