A Long Way Home

by

Saroo Brierley

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The Railway Worker Character Analysis

The railway worker is a Howrah Station employee who lives in a shack with other railway workers in the trainyard of Howrah Station. Though he initially seems kind when he “rescues” Saroo, gives him food and shelter, and promises to introduce him to a friend who will help, Saroo understands quickly that the railway worker and his friend mean to do him harm.

The Railway Worker Quotes in A Long Way Home

The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by The Railway Worker or refer to The Railway Worker. 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 Random House edition of A Long Way Home published in 2013.
4. Salvation Quotes

Of course, I can't be sure what the railway worker's friend had planned or what happened to the children who were grabbed from the station that night I slept nearby, but I feel pretty certain that they faced greater horrors than I ever did.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), The Railway Worker, The Friend
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

The types of people who had tried to capture me when I was on the streets clearly didn't let walls and gates stop them...I know now that few are taken off the streets, and many of those who are have a lot of suffering ahead of them.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), The Railway Worker, The Friend
Page Number: 91
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Railway Worker Character Timeline in A Long Way Home

The timeline below shows where the character The Railway Worker appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. Survival
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...railyard. One afternoon, he nearly falls asleep on the track in the heat, and a railway worker approaches him. Saroo explains that he’s lost, and the man explains that the tracks are... (full context)
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The railway worker lives with other workers in a metal shack near the station. Dinner that night seems... (full context)
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...runs to the most crowded part of the street. He looks back to see the railway worker and several others looking for him, angry looks on their faces. Finally, Saroo hides in... (full context)
4. Salvation
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Survival, Poverty, and Childhood Theme Icon
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After the experience with the railway worker , Saroo decides to cross the river to avoid running into him. The bridge is... (full context)
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...the teenager. It’s likely he would’ve died, as most homeless kids in Kolkata die. The railway worker’s friend may have intended to traffic Saroo into sexual slavery or sell him for his... (full context)
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...the walls and come inside. He reasons now that they were probably people like the railway worker and his friend, and walls don’t stop them—though neither do the adults who work there.... (full context)