|A Face in The Dark - Evergreen Publication|
COMPREHENSION (UNSOLVED PASSAGES)
(1) He carried a torch with him when he walked through the pine forest. He came across the figure of a boy who was sitting alone on a rock.
(ii) The boy sat on the rock with his head hung down and he held his face in his hands and his body shook convulsively.
(ill) Mr Oliver saw the strange figure of a boy. The boy produced a strange soundless voice of weeping. It made Mr Oliver uneasy.
(iv) Mr Oliver asked the boy, "Well, what is the matter ? What are you crying for? Tell me the trouble, look up." The face of the boy had no eyes, ears, nose or mouth. It was just a round, smooth head—with a school cap on top of it.
(V) Mr Oliver got frightened and the torch fell down from his trembling hand. He got nervous and ran blindly through the trees and called for help.
(1) Mr Oliver moved closer to the boy in order to recognize the boy who held his face in his hands.
(ii) Mr Oliver sensed that there was something wrong when he saw the boy crying. It was a strange, soundless weeping.
(iii) His head hung down, and he held his face in his hands and his body shook convulsively.
(iv) Mr Oliver felt uneasy when he heard a strange, soundless voice of weeping.
(v) When Mr Oliver felt uneasy, he asked the boy in anger, "What is the matter?" Soon his anger gave way to concern when he asked the boy, "What are you crying for ?"
(i) When Mr Oliver saw the face of the boy which had no eyes, ears, nose or mouth, he got frightened and his torch fell down from his trembling hand.
(ii) When Mr Oliver saw the boy sitting alone on the rock at night in the pine forest, it appeared strange to him. He felt that the young boys should not stay away from their homes at that time of the night. So he told him that he should not be out there at that hour.
(iil) He got frightened and his torch fell down from his trembling hand. He ran blindly through the trees and called for help.
(iv) He saw a lantern swinging in the middle of the path when he was running towards the school building.
(v) Mr Oliver stumbled upto the watchman gasping for breath. He was nervous and frightened at that time.
(1) The face of the boy that Mr Oliver saw in the pine forest had no eyes, nose or mouth.
(it) When Mr Oliver saw the face of the boy which had no eyes, nose or mouth, he got frightened. His torch fell down from his trembling hand. He ran blindly through the trees and called for help.
(ill) The watchman found Mr Oliver nervous and frightened. Seeing his nervous condition, the watchman asked him if there had been an accident and further asked him why he was running.
(iv) Mr Oliver answered that he had seen something horrible and added that he had seen a boy weeping in the forest, and he had no face.
(v) The watchman raised the lamp to his face and asked him if he meant it had been like that.
(1) Mr Oliver's hands trembled on seeing a boy in a strange posture. He had no eyes, ears, nose or mouth.
(ii) On seeing the boy's strange face, Mr Oliver trembled and the torch fell from his hand. He turned and scrambled down the path, running blindly through the trees and calling for help.
(iii) Mr Oliver saw a lantern swinging in the middle of the path. It was held by a strange looking watchman.
(iv) The boy's face looked horrible to Mr Oliver because the boy who had no face, no eyes, no ears was weeping alone in the forest.
(V) The watchman was surprised to listen from Mr Oliver that the boy had no eyes, nose mouth at all.
LONG ANSWER QUESTIONS
Develop the following hints into your own answers:
- elements of mystery, strangeness and supernaturalism
- setting of the story—in a pine forest outside Simla, at night
- coming across a boy at night
- the boy's face—no eyes, nose, mouth, just a round head with a school cap on
- weeping of the boy with soundless cries
- running through the pine trees by Oliver
- meeting a watchman, strange boy
- Oliver's figment of imagination
- Mr Oliver returning through the pine forest one late night
- carries a torch with him
- saw the figure of a boy sitting alone on a rock
- asked the boy what he was doing there
- soundless weeping and cries of the boy
- torch fell down from Oliver's
- hand on seeing the boy's face had no eyes, ears, nose, mouth
- Oliver scrambled through the trees calling for help
- Mr Oliver taking shortcut route through pine trees
- in the light of the torch saw the figure of a boy
- the boy crying sitting on a rock
- Oliver felt uncomfortable and uneasy
- felt frightened as he looked up at the boy
- the boy had no eyes, ears, nose, mouth
- torch fell down from Oliver's hand
- scrambled down the path and cried for help