footprints without feet
Griffin, an eccentric scientist discovered a rare drug. This could make a naked man invisible. He was not liked by his landlord. He decided to take revenge on him. One day he set his landlord's house on fire. Then he drank his rare drug and put off his clothes. Now, he could see everyone but none could see him. He was safe from being caught. But he was without clothes and it was very cold. He passed the night in a London store. He stole goods and money from the store. Then he went to a village called Iping. He stayed at an inn. He stole money from clergy man's desk. A policeman named Jaffers was called. A strange fight took place. Griffin took off his
Bandages, his glasses and his hat. Now, he looked helpless. People were horrified. Griffin hit the policeman. He got free and ran away.
short questions & answers
Que: Who was Griffin?
Ans: Griffin was a scientist.
Que; Why were the two boys surprised?
Ans; The were surprised to see the fresh footprints but they could not see anyone.
Que; Why did he set the landlord's house on fire?
Ans; His landlord disliked him and wanted to eject him.
Que; Where did he enter for warmth?
Ans ; He walked into the big London store for warmth.
Que; What did Griffin do in the shop of a theatrical company?
Ans; He dressed up, put bandages, false nose and looted some money.
Que; How did he go to the Iping village?
Ans; He caught a train.
Que; Why did the landlord and his wife surprised to see the scientist' door wide open?
Ans: Generally he kept his door close.
Que; How did Griffin escape from London store?
Ans-When two attendants chased him, he threw away his clothes and ran away.
Que; How didMr. Griffin enter the shop of the theatrical company. What did he do there?
Ans-He was invisible so the shopkeeper did not see him. He dressed up, put bandages and false nose.
Que; The Landlord’s wife was convinced that Griffin was an eccentric scientist? What made her think of Griffin in these terms?
Ans- He was alone and wanted no disturbance in his work. In that season people did not come to stay there.
Que; What was the curious episode that took place in the clergy man’s house?
Ans- Money was stolen and the chink of money was heard but nobody was seen.
Que; What happened to the constable? Ans- Constable was knocked down by the scientist. He received the blows.
Que; Mention two extraordinary things that happened in the room.
Ans- A hat sprang up from the bed and it hit into the face of Mrs. Hall. The bedroom chair also became alive and it forced Mr. and Mrs. Hall out of the room.
Que; Why did the people suspect Griffin for the burglary? Ans- Griffin admitted that he had no money but he produced money just after the incident of burglary.
text book questions & answers
Q. 1. How did the invisible man first become invisible?
Ans. The invisible man swallowed certain rare drugs and his body became as transparent as a sheet of glass. The invisible man was a scientist. He carried out numerous experiments to prove that the human body could become invisible.
Q. 2. Why was he wandering in the streets?
Ans. Griffin was a brilliant scientist but a lawless person. His landlord disliked him and tried to eject him. In revenge Griffin set fire to the house. To get away without being seen he had to remove his clothes. Thus he became a homeless wanderer.
Q.3. Why does Mrs. Hall find the scientist eccentric?
Ans. Mrs. Hall tried her level best to befriend Griffin. But he had no desire to talk. He told her that he came to Iping for solitude. He did not wish to be disturbed in his work.
Q. 4. What curious episode occurs in the study?
Ans. A clergyman and his wife were awakened by noises in the study very early in the morning. Creeping downstairs, they heard the chink of money being taken from the clergyman's desk. He and his wife looked under the desk and behind the curtains, and even up the chimney. There wasn't a sign of anybody. Yet the desk had been opened and the housekeeping money was missing.
Q. 5. What other extraordinary things happen at the inn?
Ans. The landlord and his wife surprised to see the scientist's door open. Usually it is shut and locked and he becomes furious if anyone enters his room. The opportunity seems too good to be missed. They peep round the door, see nobody and decide to investigate. The bedclothes were cold, showing that the scientist must have been up for some time. All of a sudden Mrs. Hall heard a sniff close to her ear. A moment later the hat on the bed post leapt up and dashed itself into her face. Then the bedroom chair became alive. Springing into the air it charged straight at her, legs foremost. As she and her husband turned away in terror, the extraordinary chair pushed them both out of the room and then appeared to slam and lock the door after them. Mrs. Hall almost fell down the stairs in hysterics. She was convinced that the room was haunted by sprits and the stranger had somehow caused these to enter into the furniture.
Q. 6. "Griffin was rather a lawless person." Comment.
Ans. It is rightly said that Griffin was a lawless person. He was not a law abiding citizen. A person who follows law and order of the country can not think of damaging other's property. But Griffin set fire to the house and became a homeless wanderer. He also robbed a shopkeeper of all the money he could find. He stole the housekeeping money from the clergyman's desk. Griffin also attacked Mrs. Hall when she entered his room. All these activities and instances prove that he was really a lawless person.
Q. 7. How would you assess Griffin as a scientist?
Ans. Griffin had carried out experiment after experiment to prove that the human body could become invisible. He did not want it to do it for the welfare of society but to satisfy his own ego and carry out satanic deeds. He was a brilliant scientist but not a law abiding citizen. A scientist's work is to invent those gadgets and devices which can make the earthly existence comfortable. But Griffin swallowed certain rare drugs and became invisible to torment the innocent people. He was a criminal scientist who had no respect for the humanity.
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