The Disappearance

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Summary of The Story
‡ The news of the disappearance of the wife spreads across the neighbourhood. ‡ Everyone suspected that she was kidnapped. ‡ The husband think about the question asked by the policeman, which was do they had a quarrel before she disappeared. ‡ He knew that he was a nice husband. He treated his wife nicely and let her have her way and indulged her.

head bowed with jasmine plaited into her hair. he thought) but when she glanced up. there was a cool. considering look in her eyes. in spite of his mother¶s protests that something about the girl (the wife) didn¶t feel right.‡ He remember when he came home unexpectedly. ‡ Since then. he had wanted her to be his wife. almost disinterested. like she was wondering if he would make a suitable husband. . wearing sari just like all other prospective brides (nervouse. married her within the week. he would hear his wife singing to her son or laughing as they playing together. ‡ He recalled the first time he met his wife.

like when the wife wanted to get a job or go back to school or buy American clothes. he had to be strict. .‡ He let his wife to have her way around him but sometimes.

‡ A year has passed.‡ Two weeks had passed but still. His son needs a mother and he (the husband) was still young. there were no news about his wife. he even offered reward of 100000 dollars to anyone who can find his wife. ‡ He had put a notice in a newspapers about his missing wife. his mother suggested that he remarried again. . he remained silent but did not disagreed.

it felt surprisingly light and there were only empty pink nests of tissue inside the tin. while cooking cauliflower curry his mother ran out of hing*. ‡ He did not find any spices but instead an old tin which he did asked his wife to hide her jewelry inside the tin in case the house ever got burgled.‡ One night. He remembered his wife used to keep some spice on top of the cupboard. ‡ When he picked up the tin. . but all the expensive jewelry were stored in the bank¶s vault.

The next day. . ‡ He imagined that his wife walked to the bank with their son in the stroller and took out all the jewelry before wrapping the pieces carefully in plastic bags and put in her bag or maybe she just thrown all the jewelry inside her bag. The jewel might been misplaced. he went to the bank to check his safety deposit box and to his surprised.‡ He was panicked. ‡ He was so restless all the afternoon thinking about the jewellery. but then he reminded himself that his wife had been a careless woman. all his wife jewelry was gone.

he tore the pictures into tiny pieces and dumped into the trash compactor. .‡ He could not eat any dinner that night. he wrote a poem and read it to his wife but there is something in unclear in her eyes. ‡ He wondered where is his wife now. took out an envelope of his wife picture and without much think. with whom because he knew his wife could not managed by herself. ‡ He remembered on the day when they married. ‡ He went to his room. even he knew that alcohol was for a weak men. He felt tired but could not fell sleep . ‡ He drank a glass of brandy.

‡ He planned to contact a lawyer to find out the legal procedure for remarriage. eaten by fish but then. is she alive? is she happy? And because of anger. . who would be suitably appreciative of the comforts he could provide. ‡ But still in his mind was his missing wife. ‡ He imagined himself married to a simple girl from his ancestral village. he felt bad at the thought. he imagined his wife tangled by seaweed at the bottom of the sea. ‡ He planned to tell his mother about this but this time he did not want to marry a college-educated woman.

‡ He switched off the trash compactor with a satisfied click and took a long and hot shower before fell into a deep. dreamless sleep .

reminiscent of leeks.5 m high). hing and ting) ‡ is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula. devil's dung. it delivers a smooth flavor. stinking gum. . food of the gods. unpleasant smell when raw. but in cooked dishes. asant. which is aperennial herb (1 to 1. ‡ has a pungent.Hing ‡ Indian spices ‡ also known as Asafoetida. giant fennel.

Themes of The Story ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ A marriage life dilemma Problems of an arrange marriage Husband¶s responsible toward his family Love between the marriage couple Conflict in marriage Betrayal in marriage .

‡ Everyone suspected she was kidnapped.Plot of The Story Beginning ‡ The news of the disappearance of the wife spreads across the neighbourhood. .

no news about his wife. he even offered reward of 100000 dollars to anyone who can find his wife. ‡ A year has passed.Rising ‡ Two weeks had passed but still. his mother suggested that he remarried again but he did not answer. He had put a notice in a newspapers about his missing wife. .

The next day. . He was so restless all the afternoon thinking about the jewellery.Climax ‡ He found an old tin at the top of a cupboard which he used to hide his wife jewelry but the tin felt surprisingly light and there were only empty pink nests of tissue inside the tin. he went to the bank to check his safety deposit box and to his surprised all his wife jewelry was gone. ‡ He was panicked but then he reminded himself that his wife had been a careless woman.

.Falling ‡ He wondered where is his wife now and with whom ‡ He remembered he wrote a poem and read it to his wife. he tore the pictures into tiny pieces and dumped into the trash compactor. took out an envelope of his wife picture and without much think. ‡ He went to his room. ‡ He drank a glass of brandy even he knows that alcohol was for a weak men.

‡ He switched off the trash compactor with a satisfied click and took a long and hot shower before fell into a deep. dreamless sleep.Resolution ‡ He planned to contact a lawyer the next day to find out the legal procedure for remarriage but this time he did not want to marry a college-educated woman but a simple girl from his ancestral village. ‡ Still lingering in his mind was his missing wife but with an anger for her betrayl. .

he often told his son how important it was not to lie. What for. hadn¶t he? (He prided himself on being an honest man. I¶m here to take care of you. No one could deny it.Characters The husband ‡ Nice husband ± He was a good husband. play ball with him.«) page 37 ‡ Responsible ± But he always softened his no¶s with a remark like.« page 38 ‡ Loving ± («but he was happy to watch his little boy.«) page 37 . page 38 ‡ Honest ± He had told the truth about them not having a quarrel.

‡ Traditional -«..we waved from our car and she waved back. That¶s how she was. at least around him« page 37 .Quite. she was in that blue salwaar-kameez..Or laughing as she chased him around the family room. both of them shrieking with delight. ‡ Quite ..The Wife ‡ Loving . at least a year of college. Mama¶s going to get you. get you. yes. she never wear American clothes«. ‡ Smart .But she had to be smart.

page 37 . saying.Or laughing as she chased him around the family room. want Mama. and they would walk over sedately to give him his welcome-home kiss. Go away. she would tell the boy. page 40 ‡ Obedient . page 37 . want Mama.Little Boy ‡ Love his mother . both of them shrieking with delight. Mama¶s going to get you. settle down. when she coming back« page 37 .And when the boy¶s thin face would crumple.«he pushed them from him with all strength in his small arms.Hush now. don¶t want you. want Mama.. get you.

«the boy started crying (which he hadn¶t done for months).he¶d flown to Calcutta to view several suitable girls that his mother has picked out. page 38 .The Grandma ‡ Caring .« page 40 ‡ Responsible in finding the wife for her son . shrill screams that left him breathless. And when his father and grandmother rushed to see what the problem was.

´ 2nd paragraph. .) Type of Narration ‡ Limited ± The narrator only knows what he experiences or learns about in some way ± the narrator¶s knowledge grows as the story unfolds. line 5.Setting ‡ The story set in America (³she never did wear American clothes.

The Mood ‡ Sadness and worry ‡ Surprised and angry ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ The Tone Worry Sad Surprise Angry .

. narration. dreams. while he sat in front of his computer in his office. or while he lay in the bed which still seemed to smell of her«. or even authorial commentary ‡ Example: Later he would think about what the policeman had asked.Language Style Flashback ‡ A method of narration in which present action is temporarily interrupted so that the reader can witness past events--usually in the form of a character's memories.

Imagination ‡ Example: «or while he lay in bed which still seemed to smell of her. . (But surely that was his imagination-the linen had been washed already). « «. putting the boy in his stroller«. He ground his fists into his eyes and tried to imagine her on that last morning.

.. Over dinner he would mention to his mother. projected. ‡ Example: ... that it was OK with him if she wanted to contact second aunt. Tomorrow he would contact a lawyer. casually. or imagined to occur in the future. ..Flashforward (Prolepsis) ‡ an interjected scene that takes the narrative forward in time from the current point of the story ‡ often used to represent events expected. find out the legal procedure for remarriage. ..

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