Chapter 5

NCERT
Class 9
English
Solutions
This story about a frightening incident is narrated in a humorous way. What makes it humorous? (Think of the contrasts it presents between dreams and reality. Some of them are listed below.)

Question:

This story about a frightening incident is narrated in a humorous way. What makes it humorous? (Think of the contrasts it presents between dreams and reality. Some of them are listed below.)

1. (i) The kind of person the doctor is (money, possessions)

(ii) The kind of person he wants to be (appearance, ambition)

Answer:

(i) The reality is that the doctor is not a man of money or possessions. He hardly has any money. He had just set up medical practice and had meagre earnings. He stayed in a small rented room which was not electrified. He possessed a black coat and some shirts and dhotis.

(ii) Actually, the doctor dreamt to be a rich person by marrying a woman doctor who had plenty of money with good medical practice. He wanted to make his presence felt among others and look more handsome.

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