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    When Jayanto was six years old and was living in Bundi with his parents, he had received a Swiss doll whose name was Fritz from his uncle. Jayanto had formed a deep bonding with Fritz and treated the inanimate object like a human being. Where ever Jayanto went, Fritz was there with him. He talked toRead more

    When Jayanto was six years old and was living in Bundi with his parents, he had received a Swiss doll whose name was Fritz from his uncle. Jayanto had formed a deep bonding with Fritz and treated the inanimate object like a human being. Where ever Jayanto went, Fritz was there with him. He talked to Fritz like he would talk to a friend but lost the doll due to an unfortunate incident.

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    The narrator on observing his friend, Jayanto, saw that he seemed to be in low spirits. But Jayanto, quickly losing his slightly preoccupied air, gave a boyish smile and said that he was actually feeling quite better. All his old memories from childhood were coming back to him. But the narrator onceRead more

    The narrator on observing his friend, Jayanto, saw that he seemed to be in low spirits. But Jayanto, quickly losing his slightly preoccupied air, gave a boyish smile and said that he was actually feeling quite better. All his old memories from childhood were coming back to him. But the narrator once again saw that Jayanto had turned rather quiet after arriving in Bundi. But since he knew Jayanto to be emotional, the narrator thought he was quiet as some of his memories had returned. It was true that one might feel a little depressed when visiting a place one may have seen as a child.

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    After arriving in Bundi, the narrator noticed that Jayanto had turned rather quiet. He thought perhaps it was because some of Jayanto’s memories had returned. One can feel a little depressed when visiting a place one has seen as a child. This was what was happening to Jayanto, hence he had been behaRead more

    After arriving in Bundi, the narrator noticed that Jayanto had turned rather quiet. He thought perhaps it was because some of Jayanto’s memories had returned. One can feel a little depressed when visiting a place one has seen as a child. This was what was happening to Jayanto, hence he had been behaving in an erratic manner.

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    Jayanto remained a bit absent-minded in his trip as his once forgotten childhood memories were all coming back to him. His sub-conscious mind was making him remember all the little details from his childhood days. In this way, he even remembered his doll, Fritz, and the unfortunate incident and a neRead more

    Jayanto remained a bit absent-minded in his trip as his once forgotten childhood memories were all coming back to him. His sub-conscious mind was making him remember all the little details from his childhood days. In this way, he even remembered his doll, Fritz, and the unfortunate incident and a new fear gripped him that perhaps Fritz had returned to haunt him.

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    Jayanto and the narrator went to bed at around ten. The narrator felt fast asleep as soon as put his head on the pillow but was awakened by a slight noise. He turned and saw Jayanto sitting up on his bed. On asking Jayanto what was wrong, the latter asked him whether the circuit house had any smallRead more

    Jayanto and the narrator went to bed at around ten. The narrator felt fast asleep as soon as put his head on the pillow but was awakened by a slight noise. He turned and saw Jayanto sitting up on his bed. On asking Jayanto what was wrong, the latter asked him whether the circuit house had any small animals that can climb. The narrator said that might be possible but rats and mice usually didn’t climb. Jayanto said that he woke up suddenly as something had walked over his chest. The first time he woke up because he had heard a shuffling noise near the windows and the second time when something walked over his chest.

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    When Jayanto first told the narrator that Fritz might have come to his room last night, the narrator was speechless. There was very little he could do except catch hold of his friend and shake him. The narrator was surprised as how can someone’s mind be obsessed with such an absurd idea. Finally theRead more

    When Jayanto first told the narrator that Fritz might have come to his room last night, the narrator was speechless. There was very little he could do except catch hold of his friend and shake him. The narrator was surprised as how can someone’s mind be obsessed with such an absurd idea. Finally the narrator told him that if one could dig up the exact spot where the broken doll was damaged, Jayanto would calm down about this strange fear. This was the only way to calm Jayanto down and show him that an inanimate object cannot walk by itself.

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    Jayanto and the narrator had gone on a sightseeing tour of the town. The famous fort of Bundi was placed amidst the hills. They had seen that the only remainders of modern times were the electric poles. Otherwise it seemed to them as though they were back in old Rajputana. The streets were cobbled,Read more

    Jayanto and the narrator had gone on a sightseeing tour of the town. The famous fort of Bundi was placed amidst the hills. They had seen that the only remainders of modern times were the electric poles. Otherwise it seemed to them as though they were back in old Rajputana. The streets were cobbled, the houses had balconies jutting out from the first floor. Both of them had found it difficult to believe that they were living in the age of machines on seeing the town.

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    When they finally hired a gardener to dig up the ground in front of the eight inches, none of them were expecting the sight in front of them. In the ground where there was supposed to be a damaged doll’s remains, all that they found, covered in dust, was a twelve-inch-long, pure white, perfect littlRead more

    When they finally hired a gardener to dig up the ground in front of the eight inches, none of them were expecting the sight in front of them. In the ground where there was supposed to be a damaged doll’s remains, all that they found, covered in dust, was a twelve-inch-long, pure white, perfect little human skeleton.

    A raucous cry of a peacock made the narrator turn his head and at that very moment, Jayanto made a strange sound. The narrator saw that his eyes were bulging and a raised right hand was pointing at the hole in the ground, with a finger that was visibly trembling. The spade slipped from the gardener’s hand. As for the narrator, he, too, gaped at the ground, open mouthed at the sight of a twelve-inch-long, pure white, perfect little human skeleton.

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    To bring his friend back to normalcy, Shankar suggested to dig up the old spot below the deodar tree where Jayanto had buried his doll, Fritz. Shankar wanted to show Jayanto that what he was imagining with Fritz being back was all in his head as it was nothing but just a damaged doll. If a doll hadRead more

    To bring his friend back to normalcy, Shankar suggested to dig up the old spot below the deodar tree where Jayanto had buried his doll, Fritz. Shankar wanted to show Jayanto that what he was imagining with Fritz being back was all in his head as it was nothing but just a damaged doll. If a doll had been buried somewhere thirty years ago and if Jayanto knew the exact spot, it might be possible to dig up the ground. Even though most of the evidence would have destroyed, things made out of metal like the buckle of a belt or brass buttons on a jacket could be found there. If Jayanto was shown that that was all that was left of his precious doll, he might be able to get rid of his weird notion of Fritz walking up and down his chest.

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    The narrator and Jayanto had gone for a stroll in the garden after tea. Suddenly Jayanto stopped walking and said,” Deodar.” He then went to look for a deodar tree which he believed to be somewhere around. Puzzled, the narrator followed him and saw him standing beside a deodar tree, looking excited.Read more

    The narrator and Jayanto had gone for a stroll in the garden after tea. Suddenly Jayanto stopped walking and said,” Deodar.” He then went to look for a deodar tree which he believed to be somewhere around. Puzzled, the narrator followed him and saw him standing beside a deodar tree, looking excited. The narrator asked him why he thought of the deodar tree, to which Jayanto replied that he couldn’t recall. He only remembered that he had something to do with the tree but what it was he didn’t know. Later that night he recalled the whole business about his doll, Fritz and how he had buried his doll beneath the the deodar tree when it got damaged.

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