Answer the following questions.
(i) Who is the speaker in the poem?
(ii) Is she/he afraid or curious, or both?
(iii) What is she/he planning to do soon?
(iv) "But not just
suggests doubt, fear, hesitation, laziness or something else.
Choose the word which seems right to you. Tell others why you
(i) The speaker in the poem seems to be
a little boy who talks about a shed, which is at the bottom of
(ii)He/she is both afraid and curious.
Whenever he passes by the window of the shed, he feels that
somebody is staring at him. This suggests that he is afraid to go
inside. However, after describing each part of the shed with its
strange sounds and other descriptions, he says that he would go
inside the shed one day. This shows his curiosity. He wants to
know if all the things his brother had told him are true or not
and whether there is any ghost inside the shed or not. That is
why he is a little afraid, but a lot more curious.
(iii)She/he is planning to go inside
the shed soon.
hesitation. He is confident that there is no ghost in the shed
and that the stories of ghosts that his brother makes up are all
lies. There is nobody staring or making strange noises. Also,
there is no more a spider on that web on the main door. However,
there is some fear inside him as he still cannot muster enough
courage to set foot inside the shed even though he listens to the
noises coming from the shed every night and has also passed by
the shed many times. This shows that his curiosity is mixed with
a certain amount of fear and therefore, he hesitates to go inside
the shed as yet.
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