Wind Chimes Class 8 Chapter- My Lost Dollar: Here are given Summary, Word meanings, solutions to the textbook exercise and video tutorials.
My Lost Dollar: Solutions, Summary, Word Meanings
Summary: My Lost Dollar
The narrator’s close friend, Todd, is going on a holiday to Bermuda. Just before his departure, he wants some small change to pay off the taxi. He asks the narrator to lend him a dollar. The latter gives it readily. Todd departs for Bermuda. Todd writes a letter to the narrator from Bermuda, but there is no dollar bill inside the envelope. Twelve months go by. Todd has returned from Bermuda, but has not bothered to return the one dollar to the narrator. The narrator is decent enough not to offend his friend by demanding his dollar back. He tries many ways to remind Todd about the dollar he owed, but due to some incomprehensible reasons, the memory of the unpaid dollar refuses to enter Todd’s mind. The narrator lists out the ways he attempted to remind his friend. First, he went to the railway station to receive Todd when he returned from Bermuda. Todd was as cheerful as ever, but not the least embarrassed. The narrator’s agony mounts. On another occasion, during an evening chat, the narrator broaches the subject of the American dollar by asking if it is circulation in Bermuda too. Todd replies, but the suggestion fails to kindle his memory about the ‘unpaid dollar’. The narrator meets Todd almost every day in the Club, but Todd never mentions about his debt. Todd even says that he no longer remembers much about his Bermuda trip. The narrator is exasperated. He feels resigned to the loss of his dollar. In desperation, he writes off the dollar. He adds Todd’s name to his list of people who have similarly defaulted in repaying their one-dollar loans. The narrator remains as friendly with Todd as before. On another day, the narrator met Todd over dinner. Todd mentioned disapprovingly how Poland had defaulted in its debts. To the narrator’s distress, Todd did not appear to think of his own un-paid debt. With his wounded feelings, the narrator begins a period of introspection. He feels, if forgetting loans is so human, he himself could have taken such loans and not repaid it. This realisation unsettles him. The feeling of moral guilt haunts the narrator. He wants his creditors to come forward and claim their refunds. So disturbed the narrator is about this discontent of loan defaults that he wants to start a ‘Back to Honesty’ campaign. He is convinced that honesty should be the base of all nations aspiring to greatness. While concluding, the narrator wants his ‘forgetful’ friend Todd not to know of the torment the non-payment has caused to him. Comically, he wants the readers not to bring the copies of this story to the University Club Montreal frequented by Major Todd.
Question-Answers: My Lost Dollar
1. The narrator hoped that Todd would remember that he owed the narrator a dollar.
2. The narrator felt that Todd had forgotten that he had borrowed anything from him because he never
reacted when the narrator tried to remind him about it in different ways. Also, he met him in the same friendly and frank manner as always.
3. Todd wrote that the temperature was nearly up to a hundred in Bermuda.
4. The narrator suggested that they take a taxi hoping that Todd would remember that he had borrowed money from the narrator when he fell short of money to pay a taxi.
5. The narrator hoped that Todd would remember that he was in debt to the narrator just as Poland was in debt. The narrator hoped Todd would remember the fact that he owed the narrator money.
6. The narrator feels that he would not bother to pay back anything less than a dollar that he might have ever borrowed to take a taxi to Bermuda.
7. He asked him that hoping that it would remind him that he owed him a dollar.
8. He would like to start a movement called BACK TO HONESTY. It would be stated to pay all the odd dollars that are borrowed in moments of expansion.
- a. ‘Him’ refers to Todd here.
b. He never mentions it and he is as warm and friendly as he always was.
c. He had borrowed it when he was about to board a taxi on his way to Bermuda. It was on the
eighth of April.
d. He does not hate him but wishes he would remember to pay him back.
- a. He is Todd here.
b. This shows that the narrator feels that it was very easy for Todd to ask for the money as though
it was of no great consequence.
c. It shows that he was quite willing to give the dollar and was polite.
d. Yes, he did think that he would get it back.
- a. He was Todd. He mentioned that the temperature in Bermuda was nearly a hundred degrees.
b. He was referring to the temperature in Bermuda.
c. The figure ‘hundred’ misled him.
d. He thought Todd was referring to the dollar.
1. Now that he hasn’t got his money back from Todd he is apprehensive about lending money. He feels
he can never forget it if someone borrows money from him. He wonders how people must be feeling
in case he has forgotten to return money, he might have borrowed from them. He says he would like
to return all the money he has borrowed (if it is a dollar).
2. The pain he feels due to the fact that Todd doesn’t return him his dollar makes him feel like returning
any money he might have borrowed.
3. Todd was a casual man who did not worry about little things. He borrowed money from the narrator
without a thought and never thought of returning it to him. He was forgetful. He was also quite dense
as he didn’t take the hint each time the narrator tried to draw his attention to the fact that he had
borrowed a dollar from him. He was too caught up within himself to worry about other people.
4. It is justified because the story is about the dollar that was lent and not returned
5. He went to pick him up from the station and also suggested that they take a taxi. He did this to remind
Todd about the dollar he had borrowed when he had left for Bermuda and how he had borrowed it
for a taxi.
6. The thought that pained him was he too might have borrowed money from people and might have
forgotten to return it. It pained him because he was upset as Todd had not returned his dollar to him.
7. First of all, the narrator went to the railway station to receive Todd when he returned from Bermuda.
Todd had borrowed money when he had to take a taxi when he left for Bermuda. The narrator
suggested that he take a taxi once Todd came back. He hoped the taxi would remind him about the
borrowed money. Then the narrator broached the subject of the American dollar by asking if it is
circulation in Bermuda too. When Todd mentioned disapprovingly how Poland had defaulted in its
debts, the narrator tried to remind him about his dollar by asking Todd about the Polish currency
and whether the American dollar was at par.
8. — The technique of word play, for example: ‘My dollar has clean gone out of his mind.’
— He merely said that the temperature was up to nearly a hundred. The figure misled me for a
moment. (he thought the figure referred to money Todd had sent back to him)
— ‘I asked him what currency is used in Bermuda, and whether the American Dollar goes at par.
I put a slight emphasis on the American Dollar.’ (he emphasises the word to remind him about
— ‘If there are such men, I want them to speak out. Not all at once, but in reasonable numbers, and
as far as may be in alphabetical order. I will immediately write their names down on paper.’( he
seems to be very serious about this exercise)
— The technique of moralising, for example: ‘More than that, I want to start a general movement,
a BACK TO HONESTY movement, for paying all these odd dollars that are borrowed in moments
— The technique of Irony, for example: ‘In conclusion, may I say that I do particularly ask that no
reader of this story will be careless enough to leave this copy round where it might be seen by
Major Todd of the University Club of Montreal.’ (he actually wishes Todd would see it).
- I wore a dress made of cotton.
- The teacher praised her for her act of kindness.
- He sold a button made of copper.
- She is the one who talks a lot.
- The man without a home slept on the pavement.
- We bought a car that runs fast.
- Do you have a pen that works?
- She is a girl with many talents.
- People with great generosity donate a lot of money.
- Blessed are those whose health is good.
- The girl searched for her diary in every possible place. (everywhere)
- Rima is reaching at the very moment. (now)
- She thanked us with all her heart. (warmly)
- No such diseases were known on those days. (then)
- My sister ran at a great speed. (fast)
- The doctor went through his papers again and again. (repeatedly)
- Please behave in a decent manner. (well)
- We will be leaving for Mumbai on the next day. (tomorrow)
- They left for Canada at a recent date. (recently)
- We waited for the guests with great eagerness. (eagerly)