The English Teacher Quotes: Krishna
‘I got up at eight every day and swallowed a meal’ He also had to ‘mug up’ on Shakespeare before he taught it.
The fact that Narayan used the word ‘swallowed’ instead of ‘eat’ or ‘enjoyed’ suggests that he is passionless at the start of the novel.
After he has written his poem called Nature Krishna feels ‘that I had discharged a duty’
He is very connected to the English language – almost as if it’s his ‘duty’ to write poems
While awaiting the arrival of Susila and Leela, Krishna ‘made a mental note, ‘Must shout as soon as the train stops ‘Be careful with the baby.”’ Despite claiming that men ‘bear all the anxieties’ when traveling, Krishna feels ‘slightly demented’ and decides that any things that could not be got off in time would have to be ‘lost with the train’
Shows how much he cares for Susila and his daughter and represents the new change and responsibility in life.
Krishna describes the days before Susila when ‘I simply paid for whatever caught my eyes with the result that after ten days I went about with no money.’
Shows how little he cared about money before living with Susila.
When Susila likes the tiles in the hotel, Krishna replies ‘they are only used in bathrooms in civilized cities’ and he reiterates this again on the next page where he pleads ‘but they are usually only put up in bathrooms’
Shows that Krishna does things the right way, and cares what other people think about him. This furthermore implies that what Krishna considers “the right way” is, in fact, the British way, as tiles could very well be put anywhere other than the bathroom in other cultures. Hence this shows how the British way of living has so permeated the people in India that even something as seemingly insignificant as tiles has to be placed the same way as its counterpart in Britain.
When her meal has onions in it ‘I called for the boy vociferously and commanded … I behaved as if I were an elabourate ceremonial host … I gave elabourate instructions.’
It shows how much he cares for Susila and how he wants thing to be perfect for her. – Shows how much he loves her.
‘I will also take you to England and Europe if I make a lot of money out of the books I am going to write.’ He wants her to go on a tour of India with him and ‘touch the marble of Taj, stand astounded by the snow-capped Himalayas.’
Shows how much he loves Susila by wanting her to travel the world.
Krishna is pleased when the doctor describes his sick room as ‘The most attractive sick room I have ever come across.
Shows that he’s helping her in the best way he can. The room is not like any other the doctor has seen, it’s the ‘best’.