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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chapter 3 - The Letter (Solutions)



Chapter 3
F.3 THE LETTER
by Dhumaketu


4. Complete the following table by explaining the following phrases/sentences in your own words :
Ans-
(a) happy memories light up a life that is nearing its close.
Meaning : Happy memories of one's past life come up when one is dying.


(b) the sounds helped him along his lonely way.
Meaning : The people had woken up at that time in the morning. They were busy with their daily routine. These helped him to walk his lonely way to the post-office.


(c) the cold used to sleep to extend its sway over all things even as a false friend lulls his chosen victim with caressing smiles.
Meaning : Sleep is the last refuge for men or women to soothe one during cold which makes them its prey.


(d) when the evening of his life was drawing in, he left his old ways and suddenly took a new turn.
Meaning : When he was going to die soon, he let go his old memories (of the past) and took a new turn.



(e) that the whole universe is built up through love and that grief of separation is inescapable.
Meaning : The whole of the world has love and grief like the two sides of the same coin. Both love and separation are inescapable.

(f) the postmaster, a man with a face as sad and as inexpressive as a pumpkin, would be seen sitting on his chair inside.
Meaning : The postmaster was an unfeeling man. He had a wooden face, and sad and round one. He would keep sitting on his chair.


(g) The haughty temper of the official had quite left him in his sorrow and anxiety, and had laid bare his human heart.
Meaning : The postmaster shed his sorrow and anxiety. In that moment he saw the real human heart (when he put himself in Ali's place, through for a moment).


5. Answer the following questions briefly :

(1) Who was Ali ? Where did he go daily ?

Ans. Ali was an old coachman. He went to the post office daily.

(2) "Ali displays qualities of love and patience. " Give evidence from the story to support the statement.
        (V. Imp.)
Ans-  His love for his only daughter Miriam in his loneliness is clear when he hopes for a touch of love through it.
          His going regularly to the post office for over five years to get a letter and waiting patiently for it shows his infinite patience.

(3)  How do you know Ali  was a familiar figure at the post office?

Ans.  Ali was now a familiar figure at the post office since every one there knew him well. He had been coming to it regularly for over five years.

(4)  Why did Ali give up hunting ?
Ans.
  Ali gave up hunting because now he was getting old and inching towards death.

(5)  What impression do you form of the postmaster after reading the story, "The Letter' ?
Ans.
  The postmaster in the beginning is ill-tempered, selfish and impatient. He is casual, indifferent, unfeeling and un-understanding also. But when he faces a situation similar to that of Ali, he changes. He becomes caring, worrying concerned, patient, helpful, sympathetic and selfless. He also develops the virtue of understanding.

(6)  The postmaster says to Ali, "What a pest you are, brother!" Do you agree with the statement? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans.
  I do not agree with it. But given the temperament of the postmaster at this point of the story, he behaves as he should. This speaks of the irresponsible and indifferent attitude of those in power towards the common people. In fact, the postmaster must have shown sympathy to Coachman Ali. Ali had been coming steadily to the post office for some solace from his own daughter Miriam.

(7)  Ali came out very slowly, turning after every few steps to gaze at the post office. His eyes were filed with tears of helplessness, for his  patience was exhausted' even though he still had faith. Why were Ali's eyes filled with tears of helplessness ? What had exhausted his patience ? How I why was his faith still intact ?
Ans.
  Ali's eyes were filled with tears of helplessness. It Was because he could do nothing to leave the postmaster in his rough and uncivilized behaviour. His not receiving any letter from Miriam for over a period of five years and the old age had exhausted his patience. But he had still faith that he would receive a letter from Miriam. And he did receive that, though even after his death.

(8) Tortured by doubt and remorse he sat down in the glow of the charcoal sigri to wait. Who is tortured by doubt and remorse? Why? What is he waiting for?     (V. Imp.)
Ans-
The postmaster is now tortured by doubt. It is due to what he had seen in Ali's coming to the post-office. Ali had been dead for over three months. But the postmaster had seen him (in the form of a ghost) that early morning.
     The postmaster is bitten by remorse also. It is because of his rash and casual attitude towards Ali. He now realises the real and genuine love which Ali had earlier for his daughter. The postmaster now is, obviously, waiting for news from his daughter.


6- The written carefully up an atmosphere of loneliness and fgrief in the story. Working in groups, pink up words/phrases from the story that build up the atmosphere -copy the following table notebook and complete it.


Ans.
1-........for whose sake alone he dragged along a cheerless existence.
2-But loneliness had come into his life since the day Miriam had gone away........
3-There was no one with enough sympathy or understand to guess the reason .........
4-Ali was never seen again ..........
5-But when the evening of his life was drawing in ..........
6-....... the young partridges bereft of their parents
7-........grief of separation is inescapable
8-.....weft bitterly
9-........went away empty-handed
10-But he doesn't get many letters
11-when I am here
12-His eyes were filled with tears of helplessness
13-To the grave
14-Today is my las day ;my very last, alas !
15-There were tears in Ali's eyes

7- Tortured by dought and remorse. the postmaster sits in the glow of a charcoal sigri that night, waiting for news of his daughter. As he sits, he writes his diary. As the postmaster, write a diary in about 150 words outling your feeling about the day's events.

Ans- 
10 January, 2010 
                                                                 1.50 A.M.
I am overburdened with the feeling of dought and remorse at what happened today. I saw Ali coming and knowing at the door in his same dress. I duly asked him to come in. He was leaning on his stick and had tears on his face. However, his features were unearthly. I tried to guess what that could be. But I could not. This made me shrink in fear. I talked about it with lakshmi Das, and asked more about more about him. He told that Ali had died three months ago. This left me in a trouble atate of mind. I searched my mind to knowwho was that who had come to me in the early morning. Then I understood everything. It was Ali's ghost. I had insulted him while he was alive. I now started feeling guilty. I do not know how I can be free from the guikt abuot Ali. I went Ali. I went to his grave and offered this letter from Miriam. This was my repentance.
I an feeling a sence of remorse. In the begining, I insulted Ali. I laughed at his genune felling of love Miriam when he used to wait for a letter from her. I overlooked the human side of his emotions them. But very soon I found myself in the same predicament. I realised my foolishness towards Ali. This has cut me to piecess. How can I recompensate for my rough and dry behaviour towards Ali when he was alive ! I really regret that I should not have been harsh to Ali.

17 comments:

  1. it is a good source 4 class 10 students n i vud lyk 2 add upon d last question........
    date day tym
    i wonder how my daughter must be?god save her from evils.i have not recieved any news from her .how frustating it is not to be able to contact her.now i realised how coachman ali must have been felt or he must have gone through.day after day he kept on waiting for the letter for long five years..that is too long 4 a ordinary person to lose hpe n patience.everyone at the post office used to make fun of the old man ..how mean and cruel those people are.even i was very insensitive n haughty in my behaviour with that poor fellow.but it was his love n unshaken faith which did not let him loose hopen love for his daughter.i wonder how mean i was and now i understand what he must have gone through.god might punish me for this offence.wish i could turn the hands of the clock ....

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  2. can any 1 give me informal letter of question 7

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  3. - Tortured by dought and remorse. the postmaster sits in the glow of a charcoal sigri that night, waiting for news of his daughter. As he sits, he writes his diary. As the postmaster, write a diary in about 150 words outling your feeling about the day's events.

    Ans-
    10 January, 2010
    1.50 A.M.
    I am overburdened with the feeling of dought and remorse at what happened today. I saw Ali coming and knowing at the door in his same dress. I duly asked him to come in. He was leaning on his stick and had tears on his face. However, his features were unearthly. I tried to guess what that could be. But I could not. This made me shrink in fear. I talked about it with lakshmi Das, and asked more about more about him. He told that Ali had died three months ago. This left me in a trouble atate of mind. I searched my mind to knowwho was that who had come to me in the early morning. Then I understood everything. It was Ali's ghost. I had insulted him while he was alive. I now started feeling guilty. I do not know how I can be free from the guikt abuot Ali. I went Ali. I went to his grave and offered this letter from Miriam. This was my repentance.
    I an feeling a sence of remorse. In the begining, I insulted Ali. I laughed at his genune felling of love Miriam when he used to wait for a letter from her. I overlooked the human side of his emotions them. But very soon I found myself in the same predicament. I realised my foolishness towards Ali. This has cut me to piecess. How can I recompensate for my rough and dry behaviour towards Ali when he was alive ! I really regret that I should not have been harsh to Ali.
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    AnonymousDecember 20, 2010 7:29 PM

    it is a good source 4 class 10 students n i vud lyk 2 add upon d last question........
    date day tym
    i wonder how my daughter must be?god save her from evils.i have not recieved any news from her .how frustating it is not to be able to contact her.now i realised how coachman ali must have been felt or he must have gone through.day after day he kept on waiting for the letter for long five years..that is too long 4 a ordinary person to lose hpe n patience.everyone at the post office used to make fun of the old man ..how mean and cruel those people are.even i was very insensitive n haughty in my behaviour with that poor fellow.but it was his love n unshaken faith which did not let him loose hopen love for his daughter.i wonder how mean i was and now i understand what he must have gone through.god might punish me for this offence.wish i could turn the hands of the clock ....
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    AnonymousJuly 4, 2012 9:49 PM

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    payal srivastavaJuly 19, 2012 7:11 PM

    can any 1 give me informal letter of question 7
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