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A Temporary Matter - Jhumpa Lahiri, 1998

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  1. Shukumar and Shoba
  2. Shukumar and Shoba's management of grief
  3. The end of the story

In the story "A Temporary Matter", by Jhumpa Lahiri, we are introduced to a married couple in the process of grieving over their still-born baby. As the couple tries to recover from this disappointment, their behaviors and attitudes change significantly. They stop associating with their friends, they stop following their usual organized routines, and they become alienated from each other. In the story, Shoba goes through a major transformation and stops caring for herself. While Shukumar is certain that she is behaving this way because she is struck with grief and cannot get back to her normal routine, the surprising ending of the story reveals to us that in reality, Shoba carefully calculates and plans for a life without Shukumar.

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