Study Guides

Here you will find summary and analysis of popular poems, novels, plays, and short stories.

The Missing Mail by R. K. Narayan

The Missing Mail is a short story taken from Malgudi Days, a collection by R. K. Narayan which has stories involving incidents of the fictional city named Malgudi. The Missing Mail is a story about an affectionate, sincere and conscientious postman who understands the value of human relationship. Summary Thanappa was a postman. His beat …

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Dead Men’s Path by Chinua Achebe

Dead Men’s Path is a short story by the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. Summary Michael Obi was recognized as “a pivotal teacher” by the Mission authorities. He had had a sound secondary school education. He was a young and energetic person. He had many wonderful ideas to improve education. Ndume Central School was a backward …

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A Photograph by Shirley Toulson

The cardboard shows me how it wasWhen the two girl cousins went paddlingEach one holding one of my mother’s hands,And she the big girl – some twelve years or so.All three stood still to smile through their hairAt the uncle with the camera, A sweet faceMy mother’s, that was before I was bornAnd the sea, …

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