About the passage
Understand and Answer
A. Answer these questions with reference to the context.
‘Oh my! You do say the loveliest things! I’ll come in by and by.
I’ll not hurt your feelings by thinking you to be sly.’
1. Who says these words and to whom?
2. What lovely things did ‘you’ say?
3. What happened after these words were said?
B. Answer these questions.
1. What did Spidy promise to show Flip in his parlour?
2. What did Spidy offer when Flip refused his invitation the first time?
3. How did Spidy tempt Flip a third time?
4. Flip knew that going into Spidy’s parlour would lead to her death. Give two examples from the play which support this statement.
5. What does the spider finally do to trap the fly?
6. What is the lesson that the story of the spider and the fly teaches us?
Think and answer
1. Fables are stories that teach a lesson. Fables have animal characters who talk, think, and act like human beings. The story of the spider and the fly is also a fable.
Do you know a fable where a character uses lies and tricks to get something?
Does he also succeed like the spider? Share the story with rest of the class.
2. Recall Gopal’s servant in ‘The Mango Story’. Compare him with Spidy. How are they similar? Who is more dangerous of the two?