Does the postmaster reveal his sadness about missing his family to the little girl?

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The postmaster does hesitate in revealing his sadness at being away from his home and family to Ratan, the little girl. In fact, he never confides in her about it through conversation. He only indicates his homesickness through the choices he makes and what he does.

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In the short story "The Postmaster" by Rabindranath Tagore, the postmaster certainly does hesitate before revealing his homesickness to Ratan, the little orphan girl who does odd jobs for him. The story is about the relationship between the postmaster and Ratan, but even more, it is about the different ways that they perceive the relationship.

The postmaster is a man from the city of Calcutta. In the isolated village to which he has been assigned, he misses his relatives and the big city. For him, Ratan is a servant who makes life more convenient for him, nothing more. To Ratan, though, the postmaster and his family come to represent the family that she does not have, and so her attachment becomes significantly more intense.

The postmaster never actually talks to Ratan about his homesickness. The first thing he does to try to relieve it is spend time teaching Ratan to read. Tagore writes that the postmaster has "nothing to do," and so he calls the girl in to relieve his boredom.

Next, the postmaster falls ill. Ratan takes care of him, and her role becomes more protective, like a mother, but at the same time he is longing for the ministrations of his female relatives. He does not tell Ratan what is on his mind. Instead, he gets his transfer and does not tell Ratan anything about what he is planning to do until the day before he leaves.

We see, then, that the postmaster does not confide in Ratan about his feelings, retaining a surface-level relationship with her. She only finds out about his homesickness through the decisions he makes and his actions.

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