” Where is the headmaster ? “
” Why do you want him ? “
” My father has sent a letter for him.”
” He has taken the afternoon off, and won’t come for a week. You can give the letter to the assistant headmaster. He will be here now.”
” Who is he ? “
” Your teacher, Samuel. He will be here in a second.”
Swaminathan fled from the place. As soon as Swami went home with the letter, father remarked : ” I knew you wouldn’t deliver it, you coward.”
This dialogue displays a unique type of ending that is used in Malgudi Days. That is, the stories play with the readers expectations. Each story is typically resolved with a subversion of the character’s wants or wishes.