Saturday, 4 May 2019

The Piece of String questions and answers




1. Why did Manana accuse Hubert of picking the lost pocketbook?
Manana accused Hubert of picking the lost pocketbook because he had seen him pick up something from the ground. Then, he blamed him for picking up the lost pocketbook without any proof. It is said that Manana had old enmity with Hubert and he thought it a golden opportunity to take revenge on poor Hubert. It seemed that Manana was a man of dead conscience. He tried to take away his honour through false blame.
2. What did the people think of Hubert when they heard the return of the pocketbook by some other person?
The people thought that Hubert was still blameworthy even when they heard the return of the pocketbook. They thought that he was acting cleverly. He might have thrown the pocketbook on the way to the village. It was a strange logic without any proof. They cursed and criticized him behind his back. They called him old rascal.
3. Why did George give the pocketbook to his employer?
George gave the pocketbook to his employer because he was an illiterate person. He did not know how to read it. He could have played an effective role in removing the false blame of theft on Hubert if he knew how to read. He could have explained the innocence of Hubert. But, both poverty and illiteracy often combine to bring miseries for the poor people like Hubert.
4. What made Hubert shameful?
Hubert felt shameful when he was falsely accused of theft. It was a baseless blame. He thought that nothing was more shameful in the world than to be called a liar. He was hurt at his disgrace and insult. His character and self-respect were in danger. He wanted to remove the stigma of theft from his character.
5. Why did the people make fun of his innocence?
The people made fun of his innocence. They thought that he was making lame excuses. They did not believe in his story of a piece of string. They abused him and called him old rascal. They thought that he might have thrown the pocketbook on the way to the village. They criticized him behind his back. The more he tried to explain, the more he was suspected.
6. Why did he keep claiming his innocence before his death?
He kept claiming his innocence before his death to show that he was speaking the truth and that a dying person could not tell a lie. He was in deep grief and sorrow over his insult and disgrace. He was a very sensitive fellow. He wanted to remove the stigma of theft from his character. He wanted to regain his lost honour and self-respect. He tried hard even at the last breath to convince people about his innocence.


Long textual questions and answers.
1. Write a note on the character of Hubert.
Hubert was a simple and honest country man. He was truthful and hardworking. He was an innocent fellow. He was falsely accused of theft. He felt shame and disgrace. He tried hard to convince the people about his innocence but all in vain. Nobody believed him. They called him a liar. They abused him and called him old rascal. At last, he could not bear his insult and died. A great flood proved his innocence. It destroyed the people and their belongings.
2. Write ten lines on the mentality of the people who did not believe Hubert.
  1. They were very selfish people.
  2. They were narrow-minded and cruel.
  3. They had negative and sick mentality.
  4. They had no respect for poor people like Hubert.
  5. They had no moral courage.
  6. They lacked sense of right and wrong.
  7. They were so perverted that even when pocketbook was found, still they tortured Hubert.
  8. They believed in what the powerful people like the Mayor told them.
  9. They were morally corrupt.
  10. They were sadistic people who took delight in torturing others.
3. Why did the Mayor not believe the innocence of Hubert?
The Mayor took the words of Manana as true. He considered Manana to be a man of worthy credence. He himself did not try to find out the reality. He showed a poor judgement. Also, Hubert was a poor and simple man. He could not clarify his point of view satisfactorily. His poverty and simplicity led the Mayor to believe that he was a thief.
4. Was it necessary for Hubert to continue pleading his innocence?
Yes, it was necessary for Hubert to continue pleading his innocence. He did not steal the lost pocketbook. He was called a liar which was very shameful for him. He was deeply hurt and shocked. His self-respect was injured. His character was suspected. Therefore, it was necessary for him to continue pleading his innocence to restore his lost honour and reputation.
5. What suggestions can you give to Hubert to save him from such a humiliating situation?
Hubert should have followed the following suggestions to save himself from such a humiliating situation.

  1. He should have hired the services of a good lawyer for pleading his case properly before a court of law.
  2. He should have reported the matter to the police when the lost pocketbook was found.
  3. He should have brought a defamation case against those who falsely blamed him even when the lost pocketbook was found.
  4. He should have spiritedly fought his case in a court of law when no evidence of theft was found against him.
  5. He should have exposed the hypocrisy of Manana who falsely blamed and suspected him.

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