Chapter 2

NCERT
Class 10
English
Solutions
1. What are Hari Singh’s reactions to the prospects of receiving an education? Do they change over time?

Question:

What are Hari Singh’s reactions to the prospects of receiving an education? Do they change over time? (Hint: Compare, for example, the thought: “I knew that once I could write like an educated man there would be no limit to what I could achieve” with these later thoughts: “Whole sentences, I knew, could one day bring me more than a few hundred rupees. It was a simple matter to steal — and sometimes just as simple to be caught. But to be a really big man, a clever and respected man, was something else.”) What makes him return to Anil?

Answer:

Hari saw Anil's offer to teach him as a promising opportunity for his career. Hari was aware that his goals would increase if he could read and write as his objective was to become a more skilled thief and robber. However, Hari Singh's response to the idea of going to school quickly altered, as did his emotions very likely as a result of his being impacted by Anil's serenity. He now has a wish to be respected and integrate into a civilized community. Even though their income is unpredictable, Anil appears to be happier than the others. He needs only this incentive to go back to Anil.

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