Here are given the question answers to the lesson ‘At Marlow’ as published in the class 6 English textbook wind Chimes. A summary is also given. Click here for other lessons from the class 6 Wind Chimes book.
J, George, and Harris were returning, with Montmorency in tow, from a morning bath to their boat. En route, they chanced upon the most extraordinary black tom cat. A veteran of many street fights and possessed of a calm, assured and yet imposing swagger, Montmorency’s first reaction upon seeing it was to go charging at it. The cat regarded him with such icy disdain and lack of trepidation that before long, Montmorency had been eviscerated and reduced to a scared, embarrassing mess. The friends then proceeded to restock their food supplies. Being gourmands, they end up buying a gargantuan amount of food. As a result, the procession of shop assistants who are employed in carrying their purchases back with them to the boat is extraordinary. So long is it that it almost becomes a public spectacle in the small town of Marlow. The procession takes a life of its own as it is joined by vagrants and loafers and stray animals. In fact, when they reach the landing stage, the boatman suspects they were travelling on a steam launch or on a houseboat!
1. The narrator likes cats. He speaks affectionately to cats, pets and fondles them and the cats reciprocate.
2. Montmorency let out a cry of joy and ran after the cat.
3. ‘A fairly appreciable proportion of its nose’ means a big chunk of it.
4. The cat was so unaffected by Montmorency’s attempts at intimidation that it completely unnerved the latter.
5. Montmorency became the victim of the confrontation. 6. The friends wanted to be sure that the goods bought were delivered along with them so that they would not be left waiting.
- a. The confrontation between Montmorency and the tomcat is being talked about.
b. The narrator thinks that it is a part of the fox-terrier nature to be aggressive.
c. This line turns out to be ironic because at the end of the face-off, it is Montmorency who departs
with his tail between his legs.
- a. Montmorency’s instincts of chasing any cat he sees are being referred to here.
b. This time, Montmorency is completely outdone and intimidated by the tomcat.
c. ‘But this time’ implies that the outcome was actually unlikely.
- a. The freinds’ departure from Marlow is being described here.
b. Dignified implies elegance, while ostentatious implies tastelessness.
c. Subjective question so attempt yourself
1. Half of the tomcat’s tail, a large part of his nose and one of his ears were absent. It was black in colour with a muscular physique. Overall, there was something positively disreputable about it.
2. The narrator liked cats. He spoke affectionately to cats, petted and fondled them and the cats reciprocated. Montmorency immediately attacked any cat he saw.
3. Fox terriers are quite aggressive. In fact, the narrator thinks they are quite rowdy and that it takes years of effort to tone that down even a little.
4. The tomcat definitely looked like an animal that had fought its share of street battles. In addition, it was completely nonplussed about Montmorency’s aggression.
5. The tomcat just sat in the middle of the road and stared at Montmorency
6. For all his initial aggression, Montmorency was almost immediately scared stiff by the tomcat’s silent authority. The tomcat had to hardly move a muscle but very soon, Montmorency was off with his tail tucked between his legs.
7. The outcome of the confrontation between Montmorency and the tomcat was completely unlikely. Montmorency had a history of chasing after cats, yet this time, not only was he the loser, he was made a joke of by the tomcat.
8. The conversation can be termed humorous anti-climax for the prestige of Montmorency. The intimidating disdainful appearance of the cat eviscerated and reduced Montmorency to a scared, embarrassing mess. He just wanted to leave that place as soon as possible. Later he also felt the insult to his courage and powering command over cats as he retired to the unimportant position in the rear.
9. The extract itself says that their exit from Marlow was one of their greatest successes. It is termed by them as ‘dignified and impressive without being ostentatious. The procession of shop assistants carrying their purchases to the boat is extraordinary.
It was dignified for them but was ostentatious also as it became a public spectacle in the small town of Marlow. The procession takes a life of its own as it is joined by vagrants and loafers and stray animals. In fact, when they reach the landing stage, the boatman suspects they were travelling on a steam launch or on a houseboat!
It can be said that they had employed their clever tricks to create the impression they might have desired and wished from heart.
10. The tomcat’s quiet air of authority proves that very often aggression is the wrong way to go about solving confrontations. Wild aggression often fails to impress people, as was the case with Montmorency. Quiet courage is much more effective.
1. very slowly
2. a situation that causes a lot of problems when one starts to deal with it
3. a foolish and hopeless search for or pursuit of something unattainable
4. a keen or close watch
5. a person or thing used as a subject for an experiment
6. careless in the way that one moves or behaves
7. be anxious about something
8. wait a moment
1. or, 2. so, 3. yet, 4. so, 5. for, 6. and
both…and: Both his mother and his father will be there at the school PTM.
not only…but also: He not only read the book but also remembered what he had read.
either…or: You can either stay home or come with us.
neither…nor: Neither he nor his friend is to blame for the mistake.
whether…or: I don’t know whether he will like the gift or not.
1. while 2. in spite of 3. Despite 4. until 5. by 6. All in all 7. furthermore 8. unless
1. in (P)
2. on (P)
3. in (T)
4. at (P)
5. at (T); in (P)
6. on (T)
7. on (T)
8. in (P); at (P)