“Please lock him up in a room at night, otherwise he might call in a burglar and show him round.”

I found the irony in this snarky comment rather amusing. Not only is this dog being insulted for his friendly nature, but it is being suggested that they have lost all faith that he can help their household. Although Attila does not bark or attack the burglar, the end result is in his favor.


R.K. Narayan. Malgudi Days. (New York: Penguin Books.) 2006. (99)