Discuss in pairs and answer each question below in a short
paragraph (30 - 40
1. "The sound was
familiar one." What sound
did the doctor hear? What did he think it was? How many times did
he hear it? (Find the places in the text.) When and why did the
2. What two
decisions did the doctor take while he was looking into the
3. "I looked into
the mirror and smiled,"
says the doctor. A little later he says,
"I forgot my danger
and smiled feebly at
myself." What is the
opinion about himself when: (i) he first smiles, and (ii) he
smiles again? In what way do his thoughts change in between, and
1. The doctor heard a scuttling sound, which he
thought to be of the rats.
He heard it thrice: as he entered his room; after combing; while
looking at himself in the mirror.
The sounds stopped after the doctor heard a dull thud, because
the snake had fallen to the ground.
2. While looking into the mirror, the doctor
shaking" decisions: that
he would shave daily and grow a thin moustache; and that he would
always wear an attractive smile on his face to look handsome
3. (i) When the doctor first smiles, he has an
inflated opinion of himself, admiring his looks and profession.
(ii) In the second instance, the doctor smiles at his foolishness
His thoughts change after his encounter with the
snakeâ€”from being a proud doctor he moves on
to accept his stupidity.
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