Nora questions patriarchy in Bengal
As a guarantor of the agreement, her father was supposed to sign the hand note ,but she decides to do her fathers signature herself. The reason for this was her fathers death. In short, to save her husbands life, she had to forge her fathers signature.
The knowledge of this matter has been kept secret from her husband, and difficult though it naturally was for her, she alone paying of the interests of this debt. Apart from this, her husband is the kind that views her like she was some sort of a puppet – or like a sparrow. Additionally, he also considers himself to be very knowledgeable or intellectually gifted and believes in fulfilling the petty excesses of a silly wife. In short, what he finds impossible to do, is to consider his wife his equal.
Now in the middle of all of this Hemabanta decides, as the head master of the school that employs him, to get rid of Bidyut who is his subordinate. Bidyut now is forced to make the move using the case of forgery to at the same time blackmail Aparajita and to urge her to implore Hemabanta to drop his decision of removing Bidyut from the job.
When the truth of the matter finally comes to surface, Hemabanta viciously attacks Aparajita, totally forgetting that it was for his very own treatment that she had taken the loan in the first place.
That night she stops being the ‘ little bird ‘ in her husbands hands. Self respect becomes the sole motivation and inspiration of going through life. Ignoring the innumerable pleas of her husband for her to stay, she leaves never to return.