The Eyes Have It
Summary of the Story
The narrator had been traveling alone in an empty train compartment. At Rohana, a girl boarded. A couple probably the girl’s parents, as it seemed from the anxiety, gave detailed instructions We seeing her off. As the narrator was blind, he could Olly guess about the appearance of the girl. But he understood that she wore slippers the way they slapped against her heels’. The narrator continued guessing about the girl’s appearance. Meanwhile, he liked her voice and even ti sound of her slippers. He started a conversation, Dy, asking about her destination. The girl felt surprised as she had not noticed anyone’s presence in the compartment. When the girl said so, the narrator thought that people with good eyesight were often careless about what was in front of them. However, he replied that he also had not seen her, only heard the sound when she entered. The narrator tried to hide that he was blind. The girl informed that she would get off at Saharanpur. When the narrator learned that her aunt would come to receive her, he displayed pseudo fear about formidable secure) aunts. Being asked by the girl, the narrator informed me that he was going to Mussoorie through Dehra. At this, the girl le expressed her deep fascination with Mussoorie, especially in October. The narrator’s sweet memories awakened those of the girl’s as he called up the wild dahlias, the delicious Sun, drinking brandy by the log fire at night. But the narrator felt a bit ashamed as he thought his overwhelming reaction might seem a romantic stupidity. He wanted to switch over the conversation and asked about the landscape outside. But the girl wanted him to look outside the Window himself. He pretended to look outside and described the landscape from memory and by using his imagination confidently said that he round no animals outside as ho knew that forests near Dehra had the negligible presence of animals. After remaining quiet for some time the narrator ventured (oIBIAU) into flattery commenting on the girl’s interesting’ tace. The gi heartily accepted it with a clear ringing laugh. The praised his gallantry but found his seriousness awkward. The narrator wanted to laugh for her but failed. The train neared the girl’s destination. The narrator wanted this journey to last long just to listen to her talking. He went on guessing about the girl’s hairstyle -whether she maintained a bun, or was it plaited; whether it was long, or very short. In this way, the journey ended The girl she and she bade farewell. The perfume from the girl’s hair tempted the narrator to touch her hair but he could not. After her departure, a male passenger came in who pinched him by saying that he would not be as attractive a companion as the girl. The narrator admitted that the girl was interesting. Then he asked about the girl’s hair. The man said that he had not noticed it, but he had noticed her beautiful eyes which were completely blind.