‘Get out’ said the librarian calmly. I stood confused, holding the book that I had just picked up from the bookshelf. I was trying to think of the offence that I might have committed.
The librarian repeated once again in a soft tone ‘Please get out’.
I have been using this isolated library since four years and had quite a good rapport with this Librarian. I always tried to converse with him in Bengali yet he always preferred his grammatically horrible English.
Today, I didn’t understand my fault. Following his order, I kept the book on his table and turned back towards the exit door. The moment I turned he called out ‘Hey! Where are you going?’ I was sincerely confused and I replied ‘You just asked me to get out.’ Now, the librarian appeared confused and he said in a surprised tone ‘When!! I told to get out the library card’.
Now, I understood what he meant was to take out the library card from the book, however his horrible English made me think he was asking me to get out.