"The rower smiled, swaying gently."

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The smile is a trait, an expression evident only in the characters that have attained enlightenment in the course of the story of Siddhartha. The smile is thus used as a powerful symbol. Siddhartha smiles only when he attains enlightenment. He however observes the smile and the gait of Gotama, Govinda relates Siddhartha’s smile with that of Gotama and is able to realize that Siddhartha was ultimately at peace with himself. The ferryman, as the enlightened guide and guru, is always silent, patient and smiling.