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Time Allowed: 3 hours
Maximum Marks: 100
- This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
- Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
- Do not exceed the prescribed Word limit while answering the questions.
READING (30 MARKS)
Read the following passage carefully. (12 Marks)
1. Too many parents these days can’t say no. As a result, they find themselves raising ‘children’ who respond greedily to the advertisements aimed right at them. Even getting what they want doesn’t satisfy some kids; they only want more. Now, a growing number of psychologists, educators and parents think it’s time to stop the madness and start teaching kids about what’s really important: values like hard work, contentment, honesty and compassion. The struggle to set limits has never been toughter—and the stakes have never been higher. One recent study of adults who were overindulged as children, paints a discouraging picture of their future: when given too much too soon, they grow up to be adults who have difficulty coping with life’s disappointments. They also have distorted sense of entitlement that gets in the way of success in the work place and in relationship.
2. Psychologists say that parents who overindulge their kids, set them up to be more vulnerable to future anxiety and depression. Today’s parents themselves raised on values of thrift and self-sacrifice, grew up in a culture where no was a household word. Today’s kids want much more, partly because there is so much more to want. The oldest members of this generation were born in the late 1980s, just as PCs and video games were making their assault on the family room. They think of MP3 players and flat screen TV as essential utilities, and they have developed strategies to get them. One survey of teenagers found that when they crave for something new, most expect to ask nine times before their parents give in. By every measure, parents are shelling out record amounts. In the heat of this buying blitz, even parents who desperately need to say no find themselves reaching for their credit cards.
3. Today’s parents aren’t equipped to deal with the problem. Many of them, raised in the 1960s and 1970s, swore they’d act differently. Many even wear the same designed clothes as their kids and listen to the same music. And they work for more hours; at the end of a long wee, it’s tempting to buy peace with ‘yes’ and not mar precious family time with conflict. Anxiety about future is another factor. How do well intentioned parents say no to all the sports gear and arts and language lessons they believe will help their kids thrive in an increasingly competitive world? Express agree: too much love won’t spoil a child. Too few limits will.
4. What parents need to find, is a balance between the advantages of an affluent society and the critical life lessons that come from waiting, saving and working hard to achieve goals. That search for balance has to start early. Children need limits on their behaviour because they feel better and more secure when they live within a secured structure. Older children learn self-control by watching how others, especially parents act. Learning how to overcome challenges is essential to become a successful adult. Few parents ask kids to do chores. They think their kids are already overburdened by social and academic pressure. Every individual can be of service to others, and life has meaning beyond one’s own immediate happiness. That means parents eager to teach values have to take a long, hard look at their own. (Delhi 2014)
I. Answer the following questions as briefly as possible. (9 Marks)
(a) What values do parents and teachers want children to learn? 2
(b) What are the results of giving the children too much too soon? 2
(c) Why do today’s children want more? 1
(d) What is the balance which the parents need to have in today’s world? 2
(e) What is the necessity to set limits for children? 2
II. Find words from the passage which mean the same as: (1 × 3 = 3 Marks)
(a) a feeling of satisfaction (para 1)
(b) valuable (para 3)
(c) important (para 4)
Read the following poem carefully. (10 Marks)
To the Men of England
1. Men of England, wherefore plough
For the lords who lay ye low?
Wherefore weave with toil and care
The rich robes your tyrants wear?
2. Wherefore feed and clothe and save
From the cradle to the grave
Those ungrateful drones who would
Drain your sweat—nay, drink your blood?
3. Wherefore, Bees of England, forge
Many a weapon, chain, and scourge,
That these stingless drones may spoil
The forced produce of your toil?
4. Have ye leisure, comfort, calm,
Shelter, food, love’s gentle balm?
Or what is it ye buy so dear
With your pain and with your fear?
5. The seed ye sow, another reaps;
The wealth ye find, another keeps;
The robes ye weave, another wears;
The arms ye forge, another bears.
6. Sow seed—but let no tyrant reap:
Find wealth—let no imposter heap:
Weave robes—let not the idle wear:
Forge arms—in your defence to bear.
7. Shrink to your cellars, holes, and cells—
In hall ye deck another dwells.
Why shake the chains ye wrought? Ye see
The steel ye tempered glance on ye.
8. With plough and spade and hoe and loom
Trace your grave and build your tomb
And weave your winding-sheet—till fair
England be your Sepulchre.
By Percy Bysshe Shelley
I. Answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate option : (1 × 2 = 2 Marks)
(a) ‘Lords’ in the second line refers to :
- money lenders
- rich masters
(b) The figure of speech in the phrase ‘Bees of England’ is :
II. Answer the following questions as briefly as possible. (1 × 6 = 6 Marks)
(c) What is the theme of the poem ‘To the Men of England’?
(d) Why must the workers revolt?
(e) Why are the idle rich called ‘drones’?
(f) Why is the worker’s lot sad?
(g) Which phrase strongly conveys the idea of the worker’s entire life?
(h) What does the poet wish to convey by the phrase ‘nay, drink your blood’?
III. Find words from the passage which are similar in meaning to the following. (1 × 2 = 2 Marks)
(a) to decorate (line 26)
(b) tomb (line 32)
Read the following passage carefully. (8 Marks)
I remember my childhood as being generally happy and can recall experiencing some of the most carefree times of my life. But I can also remember, even more vividly, moments of being deeply frightened. As a child, I was truly terrified of the dark and getting lost. These fears were very real and caused me some extremely uncomfortable moments. Maybe it was the strange way things looked and sounded in my familiar room at night that scared me so much. There was never total darkness, but a street light or passing car lights made clothes hung over a chair take on the shape of an unknown beast. Out of the comer of my eye, I saw curtains move when there was no breeze. A tiny creak in the floor would sound a hundred times louder than in the daylight and my imagination would take over, creating burglars and monsters. Darkness always made me feel helpless. My heart would pound and I would lie very still so that ‘the enemy’ wouldn’t discover me. Another childhood fear mine was that I would get lost, especially on the way home from school. Every morning, I got on the school bus right near my home — that was no problem. After school, thought, when all the buses were lined up along the curve, I was terrified that I would get on the wrong one and be taken to some unfamiliar neighbourhood. I would scan the bus for the faces of my friends, make sure that the bus driver was the same one that had been there in the morning, and even then ask the others over and over again to be sure I was in the right bus. On school or family trips to an amusement park or a museum, I wouldn’t let the leaders out of my sight. And of course, I was never very adventurous when it came to taking walks or hikes because I would go only where I was sure I would never get lost.
Perhaps, one of the worst fears I had as a child was that of not being liked or accepted by others. First of all, I was quite shy. Secondly, I worried constantly about my looks, thinking people wouldn’t like me because I was too fat or wore braces. I tried to wear ‘the right clothes’ and had intense arguments with my mother over the importance of wearing flats instead of saddled shoes to school. Being popular was very important to me then and the fear of not being liked was a powerful one.
One of the processes of evolving from a child to an adult is being able to recognize and overcome our fears. I have learnt that darkness does not have to take on a life of own, that others can help me when I am lost and that friendliness and sincerity will encourage people to like me. Understanding the things that scared us as children helps to cope with our lives as adult. (Delhi 2014)
A. On the basis of your reading of the above passage make notes on it, using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary—minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it. (5 Marks)
B. Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words. (3 Marks)
ADVANCE WRITING SKILLS (30 MARKS)
You are the secretary of the welfare association of your colony. An unfortunate incident of dowry death has occurred in your colony. Design a poster in not more than 50 words highlighting the evils of the dowry system to create awareness among the people. (Delhi 2014) (4 Marks)
You are a businessman who wants to set up a small garment shop in your city. Draft an advertisement seeking a suitable space for rent, to be published in the ‘Wanted Accomodation’ column of a local newspaper. Write the advertisement in not more than 50 words. (Delhi 2014)
You are Ketan Panday of 63, Civil Lines, Delhi. You saw an advertisement in the Hindu for the post of accountant in a reputed firm. Write an application in 120-150 words to the Area Manager of Gayatri Consultants, 2 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, giving your detailed biodata. (Delhi (C) 2015) (6 Marks)
You are awaiting your class 12 results. Meanwhile you would like to do a short term course on personality development. Write a letter to the Director, Personal Care, Hyderabad, enquiring about the course details. You are Kailash/Kusum of 148, Model Town, Delhi. (120-150 words)
In all big cities road rage has become a serious problem. A minor scratch, a little push, or a small brushing past can lead to a scuffle sometimes resulting even in murder. Write an article in 150-200 words on road rage. You are Ketan/Karuna. (10 Marks)
Education has always been a noble profession. Our ancestors received their learning at gurukuls and ashrams. Even In the past pathshalas (schools) were associated with places of worship. Today, education is fasts becoming commercialised. Parents have to shell out a lot of money on coaching classes, tuition fees, etc. Write an article in 150-200 words on ‘The State of Education Today’. You are karun/karuna. (All India 2016)
The Lions Club and Apollo Hospital, Chennai organised a blood donation camp in your school. You reached there as a reporter. Write a report to be published in your school magazine in 150-200 words. (10 Marks)
You are Nishant/Nisha, a student of class-XII. You are asked to participate in the debate competition and speak in favour of motion — Joint Family is the most appropriate way of life. Your debate should not exceed 200 words.
TEXTBOOKS AND EXTENDED READING TEXT (40 MARKS)
Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow : (Delhi 2014) (1 × 4 = 4 Marks)
When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
(a) Who is the aunt mentioned here?
(b) Why is she ringed with ordeals?
(c) What is the difference between her and the tigers?
(d) Name the poet.
It would be an exotic moment (Delhi (C) 2015)
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
(a) Which exotic moment is referred to in these lines?
(b) Why would the moment be strange?
(c) What does the poet advocate in the poem?
(d) What does the poet mean by the word ‘engines’?
Answer any four of the following questions in about 30-40 words each: (4 × 3 = 12 Marks)
(a) What is the misadventure that William Douglas talks about? (NCERT)
(b) Is Saheb happy working at the tea stall? Explain. (NCERT)
(c) What were the poet’s feelings as she drove to Kochi airport? (Delhi (C) 2015)
(d) Why are Aunt Jennifer’s hands ‘terrified’?
(e) Why did Jackson ask Stephens to take Evans’s razor and nail-scissors out of the cell after he finished shaving?
(f) What was the fate of the man who locked himself up in his room? Why does Mr. Lamb give this example? (All India 2016)
Douglas fully realized the truth of Roosevelt’s statement ‘All we have to fear is fear itself.’ How did this realization help him brush aside his fear and become an expert swimmer? (120-150 words) (Delhi 2014) (6 Marks)
Do you think truth prevails against all odds? Why do you think Gandhi considered the Champaran episode to be a turning point in his life?
Reflecting on the story what did you feel about Evans’ having the last laugh. (120-150 words) (NCERT) (6 marks)
Why js an adult’s perspective on life different from that of a child’s? (NCERT)
Why did Mrs. Hall think that her conversational advances were ill-timed? (120¬150 words) (6 Marks)
Marvel is the only character in ‘The Invisible Man, who interacts with Griffin and gains something. Comment. (120-150 words) (All India 2016)
Silas Mamer lost his hoard of gold. Describe the circumstances under which his ‘gold’ is restored to him in the form of Eppie. (120-150 words) (Foreign 2015) (6 Marks)
How did Griffin make himself completely invisible at coach and horses? (120-150 words) (Foreign 2015)
I. (a) Parents and teachers want the children to learn the values like hardwork, contentment, honesty, compassion and setting limits.
(b) If children are given too much too soon, they would not be able to cope with life’s disappointments.
(c) Today’s children want more as there are more goods available in the market.
(d) The parents have to balance the advantages of an affluent society and critical life lessons.
(e) Living within limits make the children feel safe and in a secured structure.
II. (a) contentment (b) precious (c) critical
I. (a) (iii) rich masters (b) (iv) metaphor
II. (c) The poem is a passionate plea for social justice.
(d) The workers must revolt against their rich masters as they exploit and bring them down.
(e) The idle rich are called drones because they live off the labour of others.
(f) The worker’s lot is sad because they are deprived of the fruit of their labour.
(g) The phrase ‘cradle to the grave’ conveys this idea.
(h) The phrase conveys the heartlessness, and savagery of the rich masters who are impervious to the plight of the masses whom they exploit incessantly.
III. (a) deck (b) sepulchre
A. TITLE: My Childhood Fears
1. narrator’s childhood
- generally happy
- often marked by fear
2. foremost fear due to overactive imagintn.
- strange appearance of familiar things
- strange sounds
- creaking doors
3. fear of getting lost
- feared boarding wrong bus
- made sure that the driver and frnds. were the same
- remained close to group leaders on trips
4. fear of being unpop.
- was shy
- worried about looks
5. lessons learnt
- overcoming fears—part of growing up
- understanding our fears imp. to ovrcm. them
Key to Abbreviations
imagintn : imagination
frnds : friends
unpop : unpopular
imp : important
ovrcm : overcome
The narrator had a generally happy childhood though it was not without some fears. His foremost fear was due to an overactive imagination . He feared the strange sounds and appearance of things. Darkness, creaking doors frightened him much. He also feared getting lost. He feared boarding the wrong bus, and would check the faces of the driver and his friends to ensure that he was on the right bus. He was shy and feared being unpopular. He has learnt the needs to understand one’s fears to overcome them.
63, Civil Lines
19th September, 2016
2 Barakhamba Road
Sub: Application for the post of a librarian
With reference to your advertisement in ‘The Hindu’ dated 7th September, 20×× inviting applications for the position of an accountant, I hereby offer my candidature for the same. As regards my qualifications and experience, I am enclosing my bio-data to enable you to make an assessment of my suitability for the given post. In case my application is considered, I will be available for the interview at any time suitable to you.
If selected, I assure you that I shall work with utmost dedication and sincerity to your full satisfaction.
Hoping for a favourable response.
148, Model Town
7th April, 20××
Sub: Enquiry regarding personality development course.
I am waiting for my class 12 board results which are due around the end of May. I am keenly interested in pursuing a course in personality development in this intervening time, from your prestigious institution.
You are requested to address the following queries regarding the course :
- When can I join?
- What is the duration of the course?
- What is the batch strength?
- What is the number of classes per week?
- What is the duration of the classes?
- What is the fees?
You are requested to reply at your earliest convenience to enable me to enroll for the course at the earliest.
Road Rage: A Growing Menace
Any emotion of violence while driving can be called road rage or driver fury. Everyone knows the perils of road rage. It has been featured on TV shows, in movies, and even in video games. But what’s really the psychology behind the road rage phenomenon and what causes road rage and aggressive driving? A predisposition to road rage is cultivated as early as childhood. Drivers grow up being socialized into a culture of hostility rather than mutual support and peace.
Road rage can be controlled by cognitive therapy. One can immediately make loud funny noises or wailing, or if you prefer, burst out singing in a loud voice. These are the ways drivers can distract themselves from feelings of road rage. After a few seconds start talking to yourself. Give yourself all the rational reasons for not doing anything and to just forget the situation counting yourself lucky. Convince yourself you are more of a human being if you forgive, forget, and live to get to your destination without a side stop at the hospital or police station.”
Such avoidance techniques and proper education can work to help most drivers avoid road rage.
The State of Education Today
Education was something that was always driven by devotion and thought. Helped by their own volition, teachers were successful potters moulding men and women into good citizens. Sadly, today the department of education has been corrupted by the commercialization of education that manufactures solipsists but doesn’t nurture altruists. While it is true that education must evolve as time passes but commercialization of education is the worst thing that could ever have happened. In a race to excel more than most of one’s competitors, coaching classes along with other institutions have become a resort for the ‘betterment’ of students’ academic performances. They are perceived as simultaneously a compulsion, and criticized a lot for spoiling education, students’ lives, standard of schools, etc. Due to the attending of coaching classes by almost all students in cities, the interest of school teachers to impart knowledge to students has now started dipping gradually.
It is sad how the poor parents have been doubly- burdened. They have to shell out the exorbitant school fees along with the hefty, hourly charges of tuition classes. In fact taking extra tuitions is a matter of pride among the student group. Students are in fact relying on the tuition centers and not their own ability to study the books. They need to understand that there is no substitute for self study, not even tuition classes.
Blood Donation Camp At Parag International School
Reported by Jaya Prakash
Nagpur, 20th March, 20××: A one day medical camp was organised in the school with the help of Lions Club and Apollo Hospital. 75 people were benefited in the one-day medical camp organised jointly by the Lion Club and Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. 50 Doctors with an equal number of Paramedical staff arrived at the school at 10 a.m. Students had already lined up to donate blood. Around 20 staff members were also ready to donate blood. The team was welcomed by the school principal Ms. Murti and her team of staff members. First of all they were served tea and a light breakfast. Then they set about collecting blood. The students had already been briefed about it. The team of doctors was happy to see the enthusiasm among the school children. Few parents had also arrived by the end of the day. The head doctor, Dr. Satish appreciated the efforts made by the school for this noble cause and thanked everybody for putting their share in this noble cause. Lions Club had made elaborate arrangements and the medical staff was provided by the Apollo Hospital, Chennai. The blood donation camp was a huge success.
Respected Chairperson, honourable judges, members of staff and friends!
I, Nishant stand before you to speak for the motion on ‘Joint Family is the most appropriate way of life’ in the context of our age-old culture. We know that our culture lays much emphasis on human values of love, affection, pity, mercy, sympathy, help, compassion etc. Human life and survival are the most important aspects of life. Such a way of life is possible only in a joint family. In a joint family, the eldest member has all the worries of caretake of his entire family. In return he is respected and is honourable for all. Children and women are paid due attention as they are the future of the family lineage. Duties are shared as the joint family becomes a fine example of the division of labour. The weak and the old are equally looked after. Thus the joint family becomes the most desirable way of life in which members progress and are helped by all. Cooperation, sharing of work, taking care of the children, the weak and the elderly are its important aspects. The old don’t become victims of negligence as they become in a nuclear family
(a) The aunt mentioned here is the narrator’s aunt Jennifer.
(b) She will be ringed with ordeals as she is surrounded by the problems of her married life. It seems that she will get no respite even after her death.
(c) Jennifer’s ‘tigers’ will go on jumping ahead, proud and unafraid. While the aunt will remain caught up in the mental and social shackles of matrimony.
(d) The poet is Adrienne Rich.
(a) When we will be silent and still, it would be an exotic moment.
(b) For some time all humanity will be at a stand still. It will thus be strange as such a thing is unusual.
(c) The poet advocates peace, silence and rest for all human beings.
(d) ‘Engines’ refers to all the machines that humans have created to make lives easier.
(a) At the age of ten or eleven William O. Douglas decided to learn how to swim at the Y.M.C.A pool because it was only two or three feet deep at the shallow end. He had an aversion to water but he felt comfortable when he paddled with his new water wings in the water. One day he went to the pool when no one else was there. He was waiting for others to come. Then there came a big bruiser of a boy and yelled; “Hi, skinny! How’d you liked to be ducked?” With that he picked Douglas and ducked him into the deep land. He landed in a sitting position, swallowed water and went at once to the bottom. He feared to be drowned. This misadventure caused a lot of trouble to Douglas.
(b) Saheb now works in a tea stall down the road. He is paid 800 rupees and all his meals. Bpt even then he doesn’t seem to be happy. The steel canister he carries now is heavier than the plastic bag he used to carry on his shoulders. He is ‘no longer his own master’. He is just a servant. So he is not happy working at the tea stall.
(c) The poetess realised the deep pain in her heart to see her mother’s face like that of a corpse. The poetess put that thought away by looking at the outside world.
(d) Aunt Jennifer’s hands are ‘terrified’ as she still bears the cruel burdens of her not so happy wedded life.
(e) The senior prison officer Jackson didn’t want to take any chance with ‘Evans the Breaker’. He asked Stephens to take away his razor and nail scissors after he had finished shaving. With the razor Evans could cut his throat. He could also use the razor and the nail-scissors as weapons against the invigilator McLeery.
(f) There was a man who was afraid of everything. A bus might run over him. A donkey might kick him to death. So he went into his room. He locked the door and stayed there. A picture fell off the wall on to his head and killed him. Mr Lamb doesn’t want Derry to alienate himself. He wanted Derry to embrace life fearlessly.
Roosevelt has appropriately said, “All we have to fear is fear itself.” It implies that we fear from fear. Those who have undergone this experience of fear, can only appreciate its worth. William O. Douglas has faced it twice in life. He had a terrible fear of water. He could not go for swimming, canoeing, boating and rafting, etc. He realised that it would ruin his life since it was following and haunting him wherever he went. Fear is our hard core enemy. We must get rid of it at the earliest like Douglas. He hired an instructor to train himself properly. When he got rid of his fear, he checked his training repeatedly by swimming alone several times. When he was sure that no shred of fear remained in his psyche, he finally celebrated his victory over his fear.
It is true that truth will always win despite all odds. Gandhiji was a great believer of truthful living and his handling of the Champaran case amply proved this point.
The Champaran episode proved to be a turning point in the life of Gandhi. He knew the atrocities of the landlord and the share croppers were to plant 15 percent of their holding with indigo and surrender the entire harvest to them as rent. In the meantime, Germany had developed synthetic indigo. Thus the price of the natural indigo would fall in the market sharply. The landlords had obtained agreements from the sharecroppers to pay compensation. Gandhi took up the cause of the poor peasants and he fought against the cruel injustice of the landlord.
Immediately Gandhi proceeded to investigate the facts but an official notice ordered him to quit Champaran immediately. As a result of this struggle, an official commission was set up that declared to refund the money to the sharecroppers. 25 percent of the money was to be paid to the sharecroppers. The British realised that the Indians are self-reliant and the foreigners could not order them in their land. Thus the Champaran episode was a turning point in his life as well in India.
In ‘Evans Tries An O-Level’ we see a battle of patience and nerves. The Governor and his staff are outwitted by the wily Evans. In this tug of war, Evans proves to be the natural winner. He easily slips out of the net that had been laid to arrest him.
All precautions had been taken to ensure that Evans would not escape. No one wanted to take any chance with ‘Evans the Breaker’. The examination was to be conducted in the cell itself. One of the parsons Mr McLeery was to invigilate. The senior officer Jackson and Stephens had made all necessary arrangements. Evans’s razor and nail-scissors were also taken away. They could be used for cutting his throat or injuring McLeery.
But Evans frustrated all their plans. He could hide a false beard, a pair of spectacles, and some weapon in his cell. Actually, he managed to keep McLeery securely bound and gagged in his study in Broad Street. He had been there since 8.15 a.m. This meant that McLeery never went to prison. Secondly, it was Evans who impersonated McLeery and stayed in the cell. The last act of folly of the Governor was enough to let Evans slip out of their custody.
Children look at this world from a different perspective. Their perspective on life reflects simplicity and innocence and anxiety to be accepted by peers. Jo has a deep sympathy for Roger Skunk. Roger’s bad smell kept all little animals away from him. The wizard made Roger smell of roses. He was happy. Other little animals were now attracted towards him. Jo’s main anger is against the “stupid mommy” of Roger Skunk. It was she who forced the wizard to make Roger Skunk smell very bad again. The hero of the story is always a role model for children. The tender-hearted Jo is shocked at the attitude of that ‘stupid’ mommy. She wants that Roger’s mommy must be punished. The wizard must hit on her head hard with his magic wand.
According to Jack, Roger’s mother doesn’t deserve such a bad punishment. For her Roger must smell like her son. For her the natural identity of Roger is priceless.
When Mrs. Hall came to the visitor’s room to lay the table, she was surprised to see her visitor still wore his hat and coat, staring out of the window. She noticed that the melting snow from his shoulders dripped upon the carpet. She offered to take his coat and hat for drying but the visitor refused without turning himself. She tried to extend her conversation by saying that the room would be warmer soon. But the visitor made no answer and turned his face away from her. Mrs. Hall felt that the visitor must be tired and would like to be left alone. So she felt that her conversational advances were ill-timed and she whisked out of the room.
Though marvel is the fat, local tramp, who appears to be good for nothing, he is not without intelligence. He is smart enough to realize when he stands to gain. In fact he alone truly gains due to his association with Griffin. His stories that he tells to the press bring him sympathy. In the end, after Griffin dies he finds himself in possession of Griffin’s research recorded in his books and all his stolen money. He also purchases an inn. He regales his customers by narrating to them the stories of the invisible man. He is shrewd enough to keep the books under wraps, perhaps waiting for the right customer. It is ironical that while a genius like Griffin met an undignified death, Marvel once a lazy idler \ comes into money and a respectable life.
Silas had come to distrust people after his bitter experience in Raveloe. In Lantern Yard he immerses himself in weaving and the money thus earned gave much solace to him. After Dunstan steals Silas’ gold in Lantern Yard, Silas is heartbroken. He would often open his door in the unreasonable hope that it would return to him or some news of it would come to him, but to no avail. On the night of Christmas after Molly poisons herself, her little daughter, strays her towards the light that comes from Silas’s house. Silas saw her as a Christmas gift, the stolen ‘gold’ that was restored to him. He named her Eppie. To convey how invaluable Eppie was to Silas, George Eliot symbolically equates Silas’ lost gold with Eppie.
At the Coach and Horses, Griffin had a showdown with Mrs. Hall on the issue of nonpayment of her dues. Griffin was forced to tell the gathering that he was indeed invisible. He removed the bandage from his head and as he proceeded further, Hall brought Jaffers, the police constable, into Coach and Horses. Jaffers tried to handcuff him. Griffin misled him by promising to surrender himself without the handcuff. In the meanwhile he quickly took off his shoes, socks, coat and trousers. Now he was completely invisible. In a naked state he had the advantage over all others, though he was chilled to the bone in the freezing cold of February.
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