Padmini’s son, who appears onstage as a young boy at the very end of the play (where as an infant the character is represented onstage by a wooden doll). The first actor explains that his whole life the boy has been silent, as he grew up in the forest. He also inherits a sense of incompleteness, as he is technically has two fathers, one of whom has the body of his father, Devadatta, and one of whom has the head. When he is introduced he can only clutch his dolls, and does not laugh or cry until he sees Hayavadana. He begins to laugh and sing with the horse, and Hayavadana in turn is able to lose his human voice and become a whole being. Thus, through laughter and joy, these two characters find the completeness for which the rest of the characters had been searching.
Boy Quotes in Hayavadana
The Hayavadana quotes below are all either spoken by Boy or refer to Boy. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford edition of Hayavadana published in 1976.).
Boy Character Timeline in Hayavadana
The timeline below shows where the character Boy appears in Hayavadana. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.