The Ghost: Class 6 English Wind Chimes Solutions

Solutions to the lesson ‘The Ghost’ are given here. Summary and meanings are also given. These notes will help students in understanding and writing their own answers.

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Summary

Keki N Daruwalla’s poem is a funny account of the nature of ghostly encounters. The worst thing about them, according to him, is of course the fact that they are transparent. One does not even know what one is up against. He remembers the lady ghost in a Mussoorie hotel, a favourite haunt of ghosts. He could hear the clank of her bangles and the water running, but on going inside, the bathroom was dry and empty. He also tells tale of ghosts in a forest, another preferred address for them. Forest guards apparently saw one that was only eyebrows and goatee and another that was just a floating dhoti. The poet also mentions how animals and birds act oddly in the presence of ghosts. The poem ends abruptly as the poet admits to have been scared simply by talking on this subject.


Textbook Exercise Solutions

Answers:

  1. a. The poet says this in the context of the transparent forms of ghosts.
    b. The wall is the ghost’s body.
    c. ‘Up against’ implies some kind of confrontation.
  2. a. ‘Another’ is the second forest guard.
    b. The previous guard saw a ghost with one-fifth of his face present, along with eyebrows and
    a goatee.
    c. The legs could not be seen because they were transparent.
  3. a. Ghost stories are being referred to.
    b. The jitters might be literal in case the poet is a superstitious person.
    c. The lines are ironic because it is the poet himself who had chosen to start telling ghost stories.

Answers:

1. The poet is punning on the word transparent here. A transparent person is one who is not deceptive and hence, honest. A ghost is literally (supposed to be) transparent, which means one can never know if one is around.

2. Ghosts are bad hosts and worse guests.

3. Ghosts are bad hosts because they are always invisible and bad guests because they go wherever they want and whenever.

4. The poet does not think they are bad omens.

5. It was reported that in a hotel room in Mussoorie, one could hear the water run in the bathroom and the jingle of a woman’s bangles, but when the room was searched, they found no one and the bathroom floor was dry.

6. Subjective question. Any logically argued answer is acceptable.


Poetry Appreciation

Answers:

1. creak, squeak

2. a. tick-tock b. thud c. rustle d. drip-drop (patter) e. crunch f. murmur


Workbook

Vocabulary
A.

1. mystery 2. horror 3. fantasy 4. comedy 5. poetry 6. historical fiction 7. science fiction 8. biography 9. fairy tale

Grammar

  1. more happily 2. badly 3. earlier 4. sooner 5. less dimly 6. most sweetly 7. more brightly 8. hardest 9. gladly 10. terribly

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