UNDERSTANDING THE STORY
A. Tick the correct answer from the options given below.
1. (ii) he could not forget.
2. (i) a writer.
3. (i) it was meant only for French senators.
4. (ii) his doctor had forbidden him to drink it.
5. (iii) he had no more money.
B. Give two pieces of evidence from the story to justify each of the following statements.
1. (i) He was living in the Latin Quarters near the cemetery. This place was is for poor people.
(ii) He counts all the money and comes to know that he is left with just 80 Frances to survive the whole month.
2. (i) He could not say no to the woman.
(ii) He left highly flattered.
3. (i) He told that she did not overload her stomach.
(ii) She told that it was unwise for eating meat.
4. (i) He did not order champagne for himself.
(ii) He selected mutton chop for himself to save money.
5. (i) He had seen the asparagus in shops.
(ii) His mouth watered at his sight.
6. (i) They had the blush of an innocent girl.
(ii) Peaches were not in season.
C. Answer the following questions in about 30 words each.
1. The woman knew the narrator as the narrator was a writer and the woman had read his book and had written to him about that she wanted to meet him because she was passing through Paris expressed her desire to have a chat with him and ask him for luncheon at ‘FOYOT’s.
2. When narrator met her, the woman was not so young as the narrator expected and in appearance imposing rather than attractive and she was very talkative in nature.
3. The narrator panic-stricken while they were waiting for the asparagus to be cooked because asparagus is very expensive dish so he had thought that if there was no sufficient money to pay the bill he would humiliated at that hotel.
4. Earlier the narrator did not order anything for himself except mutton chop, which was the cheapest thing on the menu but when he observed that the situation was beyond his control as the lady was ordering expensive food items one after the other, he became past caring. He stopped thinking about the bill, which had exceeded beyond his expectation, so he thought that ordering a coffee for himself won’t make much difference.
5. The waiter came to the woman’s table from time to time and asked her if she’d like to have something. He first brought the salmon which was not mentioned in the menu and was also very expensive. Then he also brought a basket full of juicy peaches which were also out of season. The waiter also tried to influence to get those Giant Asparagus.
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