The main theme depicted in this story is disillusionment. Disillusionment is a feeling of disappointment arising from negative outcome which is contrary to an earlier expectation. The narrator is admiring his friend’s sister. His adoration and devotion to thinking about the girl puts him in a state of confusion as he agonizes his impatience at school. He also takes a strategic position every morning just to see her leave the house. Feelings of disappointment begin to crawl in him due to his fear of lacking confidence to ever facing the girl about his feelings towards her.
Disillusionment is also captured on his planned visit to the bazaar as he arranges with the uncle to return home early and offer him the fare. The uncle delays until after dinner yet he does not recognize the boy’s disappointment when he returns. His impatience makes him leave immediately after receiving the fare hoping to make it on time to the bazaar. Though he manages to reach there before 10 in the night, he is rejected by the woman he finds watching the goods. He is greatly disappointed that he cannot buy anything his adored beauty.
The identity of the narrator and effect of age difference between him as a character and storyteller. The narrator of this story is the young boy who has throughout the story been obsessed with love for the young girl who is a sister to his friend. The effect produced by the difference in age between the narrator as a character and as a storyteller is presumption and wastefulness.