I was an assistant teacher at a school and I hit a girl who I was to marry in a week’s time. We had already bought all the provisions for the wedding. I hit her and she bled. She reported this to her mother who told my elder brother, who came to my school. He called me out and grabbed me by the ears and slapped and kicked me.
Those pupils whom I had favoured were sorry. Those I had persecuted were delighted; they put their heads down and began sniggering. I felt ashamed and quit the school. I went home indignant with my brother whose face I did not wish to see. I told my sister-in-law that good cattle had arrived from Malabar and I wanted money to purchase some. She replied that she did not know how to open the box where the money was kept. But she gave me the keys saying that I could open the box. The box made a ringing sound as I tried to open it, and I was scared. But I opened it and took out two rows of silver money and tied it around my waist.
I came outside the house and went to the sheltered place where the kitchen utensils were washed and where there was the well. I had made a hiding-place under one of the slabs where I used to hide various kinds of things. There I deposited 50 rupees, another 50 rupees I kept in my hand and then I fled to the railway station.
I paid 12 annas and took a train to Madras where my uncle resided. My uncle was an inspector of schools. I did not meet my uncle, but my aunt enquired why I had come there. I replied with a lie that I had come to invite them to the wedding. She answered that they had already been invited, so what was the purpose of my coming. My uncle returned from work after 5pm and enquired about my coming. My aunt replied that I had come to invite them. He, too, retorted that they had already been invited. My aunt responded that since I had no parents alive my brother might have suggested that I should invite them personally.
Meanwhile my brother had begun enquiring about my where-abouts. Soon a call came to my uncle. He told my aunt that I had run away from home after having stolen some money. I heard this from another room. My uncle said nothing to me. Later my aunt told me that I had in fact run away from home.
I fell at my aunt’s feet and said I would not go home or get married. She was willing to let me remain there. She suggested my uncle send a message that they would come to the wedding when the boy returned. In the meantime he let me live there. They had a daughter and they thought they would marry her to me.