March 16, 2014

10th Class English - Fixing the Nets - Comprehension Passages

She looked at them and looked at us desperately.
“Mr. Holmes,” she said, “this man offered to marry me if I divorced my husband. Why has he lied to me? But now I see I was nothing more than a tool in his hands. Why should I be faithful to him when he has betrayed me? Why should I protect him from the consequences of his wicked acts? Ask me what you like, Mr Holmes, I will tell you everything! One thing I do swear to you: when I wrote the letter, I never dreamed of any harm to the old gentleman. He had been my kindest friend.”

1. Who is the speaker?
2. Who is the man who promised to marry her?
3. In what way had the man used the lady as a ‘tool’?
4. What are the wicked acts the lady refers to?
5. In what way did the letter written by the lady harm the ‘old gentleman’?

Answers:

1. The speaker is Mrs Laura Lyons.
2. Mr Stapleton is the man who promised to marry her.
3. He had made her write a letter to Sir Charles inviting him to the moor gate, so that he could kill him by inciting the hound on him.
4. The wicked acts Laura Lyons refers to are-the killing of Sir Charles and the plan to kill Sir Henry.
5. The ‘old gentleman’ had come and waited at the moor gate as the lady requested and met his death due to heart failure.

Important questions from the chapter:

1. Why did Laura Lyons write the note to Sir Charles?
A: Stapleton had planned to kill Sir Charles and wanted to use Laura Lyons as a part of his plan. He made her write a note to Sir Charles requesting him to come to the moor gate. Stapleton convinced her to write the note telling her that she could ask Sir Charles financial help for her divorce from Mr. Lyons.

2.Why did Mrs. Laura Lyons from Coombe Tracey not keep her appointment with Sir Charles?
A: Stapleton had planned to kill Sir Charles and wanted to use Laura Lyons as a part of his plan. He made her write a note to Sir Charles requesting him to come to the moor gate. Stapleton convinced her to write the note telling her that she could ask Sir Charles financial help for her divorce from Mr. Lyons.
Later he convinced her not to keep the appointment saying that it would hurt his self-respect if he let another man help her.

3. What was Laura Lyons’ reaction when Holmes tells her that Stapleton was a married man?
(OR)
Why was Laura Lyons very upset when she was told that the person who had passed for Stapleton’s sister was really his wife?
(OR)
How did Laura Lyons help Sherlock Holmes in solving the case?

A: When Laura Lyons came to know that Stapleton was a married man, she felt betrayed/ cheated. She no longer wanted to remain loyal to him or keep his wicked acts secret, to defend him from law.

She told Holmes that she never expected harm to Sir Charles who had been her kindest friend.
She explained that Stapleton had dictated the letter to Sir Charles, asking him to meet her at the moor gate in the night.
Stapleton then stopped her from keeping the appointment and let loose the hound to kill Sir Charles.

4.How did the portrait of Sir Hugo Baskerville help Holmes to solve the mystery?
(or)
Why was Holmes interested in portrait of Hugo Baskerville? How did this help him in his investigation?

A: Sherlock Holmes was very interested in Hugo Baskerville’s portrait as he found similarities between Stapleton and Hugo.
Watson didn’t immediately realize what Holmes was trying to suggest, i.e., Stapleton was a Baskerville who wanted his inheritance and so he had been trying to eliminate Sir Henry.
But later when Holmes covered Hugo’s locks and hat with his hand, Watson realized the resemblance to Stapleton.

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