Chapter 3

NCERT
Class 10
English
Solutions
2. “The sight of the food maddened him.” What does this suggest? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly?

Question:

“The sight of the food maddened him.” What does this suggest? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly?

Answer:

The young seagull was very hungry. It was this hunger that ultimately compelled it to fly. Its hunger intensified when it saw its mother tearing at a piece of fish that lay at her feet. It cried to her, begging her to get some food. When its mother came towards it with food in her beak, it screamed with joy and anticipation. However, she stopped midway. It wondered why she did not come nearer. Not being able to resist or control its hunger any longer, it dived at the food in its mother’s beak. At that moment, his hunger overpowered his fear of the great expense of sea beneath the cliff. Finally, this plunge was followed by the natural reaction of its body, i.e. to fly.

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