A Horse and Two Goats


R. K. Narayan

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The Shopkeeper Character Analysis

The shopkeeper enjoys engaging in gossip and lighthearted banter with the other villagers. Muni uses his knowledge of the shopkeeper’s dislike of the village’s itinerant postman, who cheated the shopkeeper, to attempt to manipulate the shopkeeper into giving him food on credit. The shopkeeper, however, is not fooled by this ploy and pulls out a ledger documenting Muni’s past fiscal indiscretions. He then humiliates Muni in front of the other villagers and declares him to be an old liar.

The Shopkeeper Quotes in A Horse and Two Goats

The A Horse and Two Goats quotes below are all either spoken by The Shopkeeper or refer to The Shopkeeper. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Viking Press edition of A Horse and Two Goats published in 1970.
A Horse and Two Goats Quotes
The shopman had said that he was seventy. At seventy, one only waited to be summoned by God. When he was dead what would his wife do? They had lived in each other’s company since they were children… He had thrashed her only a few times in their career, and later she had the upper hand… He avoided looking at anyone [in the village; they all professed to be so high up, and everyone else in the village had more money than he. “I am the poorest fellow in our caste and no wonder that they spurn me, but I won’t look at them either.”
Related Characters: Muni, Muni’s Wife, The Shopkeeper
Page Number: 10-11
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Shopkeeper Character Timeline in A Horse and Two Goats

The timeline below shows where the character The Shopkeeper appears in A Horse and Two Goats. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Muni goes to the local store and attempts to charm the shopkeeper by laughing at his jokes and engaging in gossip about the traveling postman’s wife, who... (full context)
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As Muni approaches the highway, he feels defeated by the shopkeeper’s assertion that he must be “at least seventy” and surmises that death is close at... (full context)