In “Cathedral,” how would you describe the relationship between the narrator and his wife? Do you think their relationship will change after this experience? What do you feel is the significance of the blind man’s lack of vision?

Read Bharati Mukerjee’s story “A Wife’s Story” (handout/PDF in Blackboard). The narrator, Panna Bhatt, says near the end that she wants to pretend with her husband that “nothing has changed.” Why would she want to pretend? What has changed? Give evidence and examples from the text to illustrate your point.

Look at Bharati Mukherjee’s story “A Wife’s Story.” How would you characterize the world that these characters inhabit? How does this story demonstrate the characteristics of postcolonial literature?