Chapter 9

NCERT
Class 9
English
Solutions
II. Convert the play into a story (150–200 words). Your story should be as exciting and as witty as the play. Provide a suitable title to it.

Question:

Convert the play into a story (150–200 words). Your story should be as exciting and as witty as the play. Provide a suitable title to it.

Answer:

Gerrard is a playwright. He lives alone in a small cottage. He does not meet many people. He is to go out soon. But before he does so, an intruder enters his cottage. He has a gun in his hand. He bumps accidentally against the table. Gerrard welcomes him with confidence. He asks Gerrard many questions. These are about his life, his cottage, how many people come there etc. Gerrard is cool and confident. He understands the intruder’s objective. He answers questions with humour, wit and irony. He says that the intruder didn’t ‘require a great brain’ to break into his little cottage. He even asked him about his ‘speciality’. At last Gerrard understood. The intruder wanted to kill him and live as Gerrard as he looked like him. Gerrard at once understood everything. He told the intruder that he was also a killer. Therefore, the police were after him. Gerrard explained that unfortunately one of his men had been caught. He was expecting trouble that night because of that. He was to be off that night. He then made the Intruder understand that it would be good for him if he went with him. He also told him that if it was a frame, he could shoot him in the car. The Intruder agreed. But when he was about to cross the door, Gerrard pushed him into the nearby cupboard in a split second, then slammed it. Thereafter, he telephoned the police to arrest the intruder.

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