An Astrologer’s Day

by

R. K. Narayan

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The Astrologer’s Wife Character Analysis

Introduced only at the end of the story, the astrologer’s wife is pleased that her husband has brought home more money than usual from his day’s work. At the same time, she is shocked to learn that her husband had tried to murder Guru Nayak before he left his village and they were married.

The Astrologer’s Wife Quotes in An Astrologer’s Day

The An Astrologer’s Day quotes below are all either spoken by The Astrologer’s Wife or refer to The Astrologer’s Wife. 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 Indian Thought Publications edition of An Astrologer’s Day published in 1981.
An Astrologer’s Day Quotes

After dinner, sitting on the pyol, he told her: “Do you know a great load is gone from me today? I thought I had the blood of a man on my hands all these years. That was the reason why I ran away from home, settled here, and married you. He is alive.”

She gasped. “You tried to kill!”

“Yes, in our village, when I was a silly youngster. We drank, gambled, and quarreled badly one day—why think of it now? Time to sleep,” he said, yawning, and stretched himself on the pyol.

Related Characters: The Astrologer (speaker), Guru Nayak, The Astrologer’s Wife
Page Number: 6-7
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The Astrologer’s Wife Character Timeline in An Astrologer’s Day

The timeline below shows where the character The Astrologer’s Wife appears in An Astrologer’s Day. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The astrologer returns home to his wife and daughter in the dark of midnight. His wife is angry at him until she... (full context)