Eyes Have It (By Ruskin Bond)
Read to understand
A. Answer these
questions with reference to the context.
‘“Yes, October is the best time.”’
Who said this and to whom?
narrator said this to the girl.
Why did the speaker say this?
Ans. The narrator said this because in October the
weather is good, the dahlias are in full bloom, the place is quiet and peaceful
because most of the tourists have left.
What is October the best time for?
is the best time for visiting Mussoorie.
‘But her next question removed my doubts.’
Who does ‘her’ refer to?
refers to the girl.
What ‘doubts’ does the narrator have?
narrator had doubts whether she had noticed that he could not see.
What was the ‘question’ and how did it
remove his doubts?
question was, ‘Why don’t you look out of the window?’ This question removed his
doubts because she would not have asked him to ‘look out of the window’ if she
had known he could not see.
these statements as (T) for true or (F) for false.
1. There were only three people in the
2. The girl was travelling to Mussoorie. F
3. The narrator knew there were many animals
in the forest near Dehra. F
4. The girl didn’t like to be told that she
had a pretty face. T
5. She liked short train journeys. T
How did the girl’s parents show their concern for her?
Ans. The girl’s parents were very anxious about her comfort and
they gave the girl detailed instructions as to where to keep her things, when
not to lean out of the windows, and how to avoid speaking to strangers.
Why was she startled when the narrator spoke?
Ans. She was startled because she thought she was the only one
in the train compartment.
What voices did the narrator hear when the train entered the Saharanpur station?
Ans. The narrator heard the shouting
of porters and vendors, and a high pitched female voice near the carriage door which
he guessed belonged to the girl’s aunt who had come to pick her up from the
4. Why did the narrator remain silent when
the next fellow traveller came into the compartment?
Ans. The narrator remained silent when the next fellow traveller
came into the compartment because he was busy in daydreaming.
5. What did the new
passanger assume from the narrator’s silence?
Ans. The narrator's silence made the new passenger assume that he
might be sad to learn that the girl was blind.
What did the second man notice about the girl?
Ans. The second man noticed that she was attractive, her eyes
were beautiful but she was completely blind.
Why was the second man puzzled when he was asked if the girl’s hair was long or
Ans. The second man was puzzled because he thought the narrator
would have noticed her hair; he didn’t realize that the narrator was blind,
Discuss and write
What do you think the narrator means by saying ‘Once again I had a game to play?
Ans. By saying ‘once again I had a game to play’ the narrator
means that he had to pretend he could see while it was not obvious to the
others that he was blind. Also, it became a guessing game for him too.
Why do you think the narrator wanted to keep his blindness a secret?
Ans. The narrator wanted to keep his blindness a secret because he
was probably embarrassed by his condition.
Do you think the title of the story is appropriate? Why?
Ans. The title of the story is
appropriate because our eyes are one of the most fascinating parts of the body
and they are the first feature to be noticed in a human face.