The Intrusion by Shashi Deshpande text pdf questions and answers

The Intrusion by Shashi Deshpande text pdf questions and answers

 

Short Essay Type Questions with Answers

Q. 1. We looked blatantly out of place there.-What is the source of the line? Who are ‘we”? Describe the place as introduced by the speaker?

Ans. The referred line is the opening line of the short story “The Intrusion” by Sashi Deshpande.

The newly married woman protagonist and her husband are called ‘we’ here.

The newly married woman has come with her husband to the place beside sea for honeymoon. The woman is the narrator of the story. She describes the place. Tiny houses , almost minitature ones, but spick and span. A little path, so narrow, that if they stretched their arms they could touch the houses on both sides. The speaker asks herself in her mind why they had come there. She walked stiffly, self-consciously, trying hard to seem unaware of the states, the curious eyes that followed them. She wished she could turn around and stare back with the same frank curiosity, but all she could do was to peep covertly through the corners of her eyes.

Men in checked Jungis sitting at fishing nets, drying fish laid out in rows on poles, women with bold faces and gold ornaments … all the signs of a fishing village. But,she thought, if this is a fishing village, where is the sea? And then they reached the end of the lane, turned right, and there, suddenly, enchantingly, was the sea in front of them, immense and fascinating. And again rows of fish hung up to dry, looking at the couple and at the blue of the sky with sightless, accusing eyes.

.Q. 2. Describe the newly married couple walking on the sand in the sea-beach.

Ans. When the couple reached the end of the lane, turned right, and there, suddenly, enchantingly, was the sea in front of them, immense and fascinating. And again rows of fish hung up to dry, looking at them and at the blue of the sky with sightless, accusing eres.

She stopped and stared. The husband stopped too, and looked at her with a slight, a very slight impatience which aroused the faintest wisp of annoyance in her. Then he beckoned to her with a friendly smile and she hurried on. Now the couple were walking on the sand, squelchy, oozing, almost black. The speaker-woman reflects that the sea must have been here not long back, during the high tide. She found it difficult walking in her high heels, with her heavy sari squashing damply round her ankles. She was conscious of an unreasonable pang of irritation against her husband.

As though sensing her discomfort, he held her arm to help her, but awkwardly, too tight, and she wanted to protest, to release her arm from his constricting grip. The sea had left innumerable shells on the shore which crunched under their feet and she bent down to pick up oneany excuse to loosen his hold on her arm. The woman got terrified! – there was something alive, something crawling in the shell and she threw it away in disgust and hurried on after her husband.

Q. 3. but a village that looked so different it was difficult to believe it was the same. -Describe the new found diffence and the emotion of the speaker here?

Ans. The line is quoted from the short story “The Intrusion” by Shashi Deshpande.. The newly married woman who has come with her husband to this fishing village for honeymoon is the speaker here.

Leaving the sea shore behind the couple enter the village again. The speaker says that a village that looked so different it was difficult to believe it was the same. Now the paths were broader and went steeply uphill. There were scarcely any signs of the sea-no fishing nets, no dried fish. Instead, there was the familiar lacy foliage of the drumstick tree outlined sharply against the sky, the drumsticks hanging limply and peacefully from the branches.

She had no time to look around. The man, her husband, loaded with the couple’s new, expensive suitcases, was already at the top of the hill and she had to hurry, to stumble on uphill, panting, wishing now for the support she had earlier spurned.

Q. 4. How did the husband boasted on getting the room for their honeymoon? How did the wife reacted to it?

Ans. As if the silence made him uneasy too, the husband began to move about the room whistling tunelessly. Then he suddenly burst into speech, telling the wife how fortunate he was to get this place for their honeymoon. What luck, he said, that one of the top executives, who was to have come here, had cancelled his visit at the last minute, so that they were here all by themselves. ‘Complete privacy’, he smiled, emphasizing the words and she felt suddenly, completely sickened. He went on, unaware of her feelings, telling her it was only the lucky few who could get this place to stay.

And then she began to wonder about these few, and if they came here with their families. Somehow it didn’t seem like a place where children had ever played and shouted, with mothers hovering round, anxious and nagging. There was something furtive about the place, something deadpan about the servant’s face, which made her feel that the men who came here did so with ‘other women’-girls, perhaps, bold- faced and experienced, who would laugh and chat with the men, not go through what she was enduring now.

Fears. Tremors. The way she averted her face from the beds. The sheets looked grubby and the pillow covers disgustingly greasy. She wanted to say, “Tell the man to change the covers and sheets’, but she couldn’t. She imagined the man, her husband, giving her meaningful looks when she said it, and later, perhaps, he would discuss the fact with the other servants. And all of them would make indecent jokes and laugh aloud.

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