NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Snapshots – Chapter 2 – The Address
Reading with insight : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 15
Q1 :’Have you come back?’ said the woman.’I thought that no one had come back.’ Does this statement give some clue about the story? If yes, what is it?
Answer : The quoted statement indicates that the two families knew each other. When the war was going on some people left their homes to take refuge in distant lands. Few people who remained there thought that those people who had left their land would never come back. That is why the woman feels surprised to see one of them returning back.
Usually people care more for material things than for human beings. But it cannot be said of all human beings. The narrator and her mother were totally different in their nature. They were trusting and loving human beings. Thus, the given statement gives some clue about the story.
Q2 :The story is divided into pre-war and post-war times. What hardships do you think the girl underwent during these times?
Answer : The story, “The Address” is divided into pre-war and post-war times. There are clear indications of the hardships which the narrator, a young girl, had to undergo during these times. The girl came from a rich family. The family had a lot of valuable belongings. Then the war broke out.
Mrs. Dorling renewed her contact and started visiting their house. She took away all their possessions on the ground that she wanted to save all their nice things in case they had to leave the place. After the war was over. Things became almost normal. Now the girl was living all alone in a rented house.
She wanted to meet Mrs. Dorling and ask for the valuables. When she went to meet Mrs. Dorling she found that Mrs. Dorling was using her mother’s things recklessly. Suddenly, she lost interest in the things that had belonged to a connection that no longer existed. She decided to leave it all behind and resolved to move on.
Q3 :Why did the narrator of the story want to forget the address?
Answer : The narrator went to the house of the lady who had kept many valuable items of her mother during the war days. The address of the lady helped her in searching out the house of the lady. But now she wanted to forget the address as after visiting the house of the lady she found how the belongings of her mother were kept in a strange manner.
These had lost all their emotional value for the narrator. The narrator now lived in a small rented room. She had no place to keep all these things. The lady treated her very insolently. She even refused to recognise her. She did not let her come into the house. That was why she wanted to forget that address.
Q4 :’The Address’ is a story of human predicament that follows war. Comment
Answer : The phenomenon of war brings lot of suffering for human beings. It brings with it death and destruction. It kills the feelings of love and sympathy. The story Address is based on this theme. The narrator’s mother leaves all her valuable things with an acquintance during the war.
The mother dies and many years later, the narrator comes to the woman to have a look at her mother’s belongings. But the woman shows no human feelings towards her. Rather, she behaves in a very hard hearted manner. She doesnot even let the narrator come in and sit a while. She closes the door. Thus, we find that war leaves the world desolate not only on the physical level but also on the emotional and spiritual level.