How did you get acquainted with him?
I got a letter from his maternal uncle. He recommended me in the strongest terms. When he had read the letter, he told me, You see that I am now without business. When I get a job, do you be sure to come, and I will do something for your advantage. My uncle never wrote to me about any person, in the manner he has written about you. As soon as you hear that I have a job, come, and I will give you employ. I had this conversation with him. Now he has got business. I suppose he may be able to give me half.
Well, then I suppose you will get employment.
Yes, I suppose I may: However it must be as God pleases.
Where do you expect employ?
I have no certain expectation, I have been going from place to place, but to no purpose.
True, 'tis very difficult now to get employment: one may go about till one's feet are worn out, but get nothing to do.
Here, Nirmul's Mother, did you hear? This Baneea woman cannot see the road with her eyes for pride. Take notice: yesterday my child stood in the road, and that old woman, the mother of three or four children—what do you think she did? She struck the bottom of a full kulsi against my child's head, and then went away. At that my poor child (Shustee's young one) fell into a fever that wastes all his moisture. She is such a proud wretch that if I speak to her she abuses me and quarrels with me. May the sons of this husband-destroyer die. May she eat the heads of her three boys in three days. May she sit at the river ghat and sing [howl] over her happiness.
Hear, woman, destroyer of your daughter's husband, what do