the thief's story
Approach : to come near
e.g. They heard the sound of approaching car.
Confidence : believe in
The players all have confidence in their manager.
Flattery : praise that is not sincere
You are too intelligent to fall for his flattery.
Modesty : the state of being not very large, expensive
They tried to disguise the modesty of their achievement.
Appealing smile : attractive smile
The dog looked up at her appealingly.
Anil was a young writer. He was living his life very carelessly. He was writing for the magazines and earning the money to run his life. One day Anil was watching the wrestling match. Hari best knew how to make unknown person a friend. He used an old formula to flatter the person. Hari stayed with Anil. Anil promised him that he would teach him how to write and add numbers. He also taught him how to cook tasty food. Daily Hari Singh was going to buy daily needs and had profit of one rupee daily. Anil knew it but he did not mind it. Both were living together happily.
One month passed, Hari Singh did not perform his business. One day he saw Anil had bought a bundle of notes. He saw him to put them under the mattress. As Hari saw the bundle of notes, his evil spirit awakened in his mind and he decided to rob Anil that night. After taking dinner Anil slept peacefully. Hari could not sleep, he woke up. He crept to the bed and slipped his hand under the mattress. He found the notes and ran away on the road. Hari Singh made up his mind that he would directly go to the railway station and would catch the Lucknow Express. He thought that Anil would not catch him if he ran away from the city. Hari Singh reached the railway station, Lucknow Express was about to go.
Suddenly the good spirit called him. The inner voice told him not to betray the faith of Anil. The train was moving but Hari did not dare to catch it. He was remembering the innocent face of Anil. When Hari Singh thought that what would Anil think about him. Anil would not worry about the money but he might feel bad that a man had broken his faith. There was conflict in the mind of Hari Singh. He did not want to loose faith of Anil. Because he knew that Anil was a simple man. Moreover Anil was teaching him how to write and add numbers which could change his life. He could become a respected person in the society.
He left the railway station. He came to the maidan and sat on the bench. Just then heavy rain started. It was the month of November. Chill wind started blowing. He felt more uncomfortable as he had cheated an innocent person. His shirt and pyjamas stuck to his body because it were wet due to the rain.
Then he went to the Clock Tower to save from the rain. He sat there under the tower. Suddenly he remembered his notes. He searched for it and found that all the notes were wet. He crept again and secretly put back money under the mattress. The next day Anil woke up, prepared tea for Hari and himself. He handed over fifty rupees note to Hari and told him that he would be regularly paid now. Hari took the note and found that it was still wet. He understood that Anil knew about the last night episode.
short questions & answers
Q.1.What was the name of the thief?
Ans:- Hari Singh
Q.2. What was Anil?
Ans :- a young writer.
Q.3.Was the food prepared by Hari eatable?
Ans :- No.
Q.4. What did Anil teach Hari Singh?
Ans :- He taught him how to write and add numbers.
Q.5. What did Anil bring one day?
Ans :- Crisp currency notes of Rs. six hundred.
Q.6. What was name of the train?
Ans :- Lucknow Express.
Q.7. Did he sit in the train?
Ans :- No.
Q.8. What was the month?
Ans :- It was November.
text book questions & answers
Q.1. What are Hari Singh’s reactions………… What makes him return to Anil ?
Ans :- Hari Singh’s reactions to the prospect of receiving an education undergo a change. In the beginning he thinks one thing. It is that if he wrote like an educated man he could achieve success. His later thoughts prove this change. Later he feels that if he wrote whole sentences, he would get more than a few hundred rupees. Money does not hold much attraction for him now. He wants from education to become a big man, a clever and respected man. May be Anil is his idol in that. This makes him return to Anil. It is because only Anil could teach him as he wants.
Q.2. Why does not Anil hand the thief over to the police ? Do you think most people would have done so ? In what ways is Anil different from such employers ?
Ans :- I feel that Anil is a large-hearted man. First, he does realize that he has been robbed. But he reviews the whole situation. He thinks that if he gives the thief to the police, he may become a criminal. He decides to reform the thief diffrently by showing grace,kindness and sympathy.
Most people could not do so like Anil. They could have handed over such persons to the police after beating them themselves. Anil is different because he decides to reform the thief through kindness and sympathy.
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