“‘That swine has cheated me! He promised me a rupee’, said the astrologer.” (13)
Narayan, R K. Malgudi Days. Edison, NJ: Vista India, 2005. Print
This realization at the end of the story is especially ironic. The astrologer is able to successfully trick Guru Nayak into believing that the man that stabbed him years before is dead. Instead of being relieved that he has escaped his own death, he is angry at the amount of money he has received from Guru Nayak.