1. In what kind of conveyance did the author travel in?

Ans. The author was travelling in a bus on a cold night.


  1. Who were the passengers to get in the bus when it stopped?


Ans. Two women among whom one had a dog with her and a man got into the bus when it stopped on the way.


  1. How does a Pekinese dog look?

Ans. A ‘Pekinese dog’ is a small dog. It has a small flat face and its body is covered with long soft silky hair. It is a beady-eyed dog.

  1. Who filled the vacant seats of the bus?


Ans. The two women and a man who boarded the bus together filled the vacant seats of the bus.

  1. Where did the eyes of the bus conductor rest on?

Ans. The eyes of the bus conductor rested on the small-eyed Pekinese dog which the younger lady had taken with her.

  1. How did the lady passenger react when the bus conductor had ordered her to be out with her dog?

Ans. When the bus conductor asked the young lady passenger to get out with her dog, she replied that she would not follow his instruction. Besides, she had already cough.

  1. What did the lady companion of the younger lady passenger mention?

Ans. The lady companion of the younger lady passenger with the dog mentioned that the later had got a cough.


  1. Why didn’t the lady wish to go on the top of the bus?

Ans. The lady with the dog did not wish to go on the top of the bus as it was a very cold wintry night and the cold weather would affect her health.


  1. Who supported the lady and her dog?

Ans. Every sensitive passenger of the bus supported the lady and her dog.

  1. What does ‘the little animal’ refer to? What did it do?

Ans. Here, ‘The little animal’ is the lapdog carried by the younger woman. The little animal was unaware of the trouble it had caused. So, it sat blinking at the dim lights in the bus.

  1. What did the passengers demand? What was the conductor’s reply?


Ans. When the bus conductor appeared from the pavement to the door, some passengers demanded that their fares should be given back.

The bus conductor declared unhesitatingly that no fares would be given back to the passengers.


  1. Why did two or three passengers get out of the bus?

Ans. Two or three passengers did not like the troubled and problematic situation. So, they got down from the bus and disappeared into the darkness of the night.

  1. Why did the policeman stroll up?

Ans. The policeman strolled up to look in at the door of the bus to know about what was going on.


  1. What did the passengers do seeing the policeman?

Ans. When the passenger had seen the policeman, they burst into protests. They also blamed the policeman for being onlookers.

  1. Who threatened the bus conductor?

Ans. A woman, one of the troubled passengers in the bus threatened the bus conductor for his inhuman misbehaviour.


  1. How did the bus conductor react to the threat of the woman?

Ans. The bus conductor was indifferent to the threat of the woman passenger. His indifference can be compared to the coolness on a wintry night.

  1. What was the flaw of the bus conductor to keep the rules?

Ans. The bus conductor did not mind to the spirit of the rule by adhering to it strictly. This was the flaw of the bus conductor to keep the rule.

  1. How did the animal react to the fuss caused by himself?

The little animal sat winking at the low lights. He was unconscious of the fuss caused by himself.

  1. How was the temperament of the conductor as predicted by the author?

According to the author, the conductor was of an irritable temperament. He has a grievance about everything.

  1. What opportunity did the conductor Seek?

The conductor sought the opportunity to show his power to the passengers.

  1. Why did the conductor stop the bus by pulling the bell?

The conductor stopped the bus by pulling the bell because a younger woman boarded the bus with the little dog which was against the rules.

  1. What was the author’s parting advice to the conductor?

The author’s parting advice to the conductive was that he should observe the rules for guidance in its true speech only.

  1. Which rules should be applied for dogs?

Rules with the little good will and good temper should be applied for dogs.

  1. Why was the conductor angry particularly?

the conductor was particularly angry with those passengers who came and sat in his bus while he shiverd at the door.

  1. what was the conductor’s order to the woman with the little dog?

The conductor ordered the women to take a dog out of the Bus otherwise she might go to the top with the dog.


  1. How was the night during the bus journey of the narrator?

Ans. The narrator was travelling in a bus at night in winter. The night was bitterly cold. Even at the far end of the bus the eastwind was cutting like a knife.

  1. When did the narrator see trouble coming up?

Ans. When the bus stopped on the way two women and a man got into the bus. The younger woman had a little dog with her. When the bus conductor came to take fares and noticed the little dog, the narrator saw trouble coming up.

  1. How did the narrator mark the bus conductor?

Ans. The narrator marked the bus-conductor as the type of person who had general grievance about everything. He used to wait for an opportunity and he intended to make the most of it.

  1. “That’s my order”-who ordered and to whom? What was the order?

Ans. The bus conductor ordered the younger woman passenger with a dog. He ordered the lady to take the dog out of the running bus as it was against the rule.

  1. How did the lady with the dog react to the order of the bus conductor?

Ans. The bus conductor pointed out the rule of travelling in a bus and ordered the lady passenger to go out of the running bus with her dog. At this the lady passenger replied that she would not go on to the top of the bus in the extreme cold weather.

  1. How did the passengers protest against the bus conductor?

Ans. The passengers could not support the bus conductor to stop the bus in the middle of their journey in such a way. They wished to call the police to report him against the misconduct of him. They also demanded to give their fares back.

  1. When did the passengers burst out with indignant protests and appeals?

Ans. When a policeman strolled up and looked in out the door of the bus, the passengers burst out with their strong protests and appeals.

  1. How did the police react to the protest of the passengers?

Ans. The policeman paid no heed to the protests and appeals of the passengers. He went away to stand a few yards down the street. There two more constables joihed him.

  1. What did a woman passenger do against the bus conductor?
    Ans. The woman passenger raised her voice of protest above the hue and cry of other passengers. She also threatened the bus conductor. She was excited to express her grievance.



Summary and Critical Perspective of the Story:

‘All about a dog’ by Gardiner is a story that gives birth to some questions related to our society and social rules and regulations. It was a cold winter night. The passengers were all excited to reach home as early as possible. A young lady carrying a little dog boarded the bus. Immediately, the conductor asked the lady to go up to the uncovered top with the dog.

But the other passengers were quite sympathetic towards the lady with the dog, considering the weather. Moreover, the lady was suffering from cough and cold. So they raised no objection to carrying the dog inside the bus. But the bus conductor could not ignore the rule so easily. He compelled the lady to go to the top of the bus on winter night. Initially the lady was reluctant to do that and persisted on staying inside. She also argued with the conductor.



But the conductor was rigid in his decision. So he stopped the bus in the midway, creating trouble to everyone in the bus. Ultimately the lady had to obey the dictate. Later, when the bus developed some engine trouble, the passengers had to tolerate the delay. But the conductor refused to compromise.


All through the journey, the lady had to travel on the top of the bus. At the end, the narrator of the story tried to advise to the conductor that rules should be modified according to the circumstances and should be tempered with goodwill. Rules are formed for comfort but should not cause inconvenience. That is the spirit of a rule. That means, in our society the most needed thing is not the rules and regulations but its application with humanitarian consideration.




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