The Little Girl

A little Girl

CBSE and UP Board class 9th English Solution| NCERT Solution| Summary and Que&Ans

Today, I will dive in deep to discuss all the important points of the Chapter ‘ The Little Girl’ written by Katherine Mansfield. I ensure you will get a complete idea to write the summary and explanation orderly. You will be able to write a good answer. After reading this page you will find the secret to score outstanding marks in your examination.

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  • Summary Of the Chapter
  • Theme and main Ideas
  • Keywords and Quick Point after each Stanza
  • Videos just like a live class
  • Relevant Quotations and statements
  • Difficult words
  • Question Answer

Summary: The Little Girl

This story highlights a painful and fearful experience of a little girl whose father is too busy in his work that he never finds time to have fun with her, as her neighbour Mr. MacDonald had have with his children. In this story, the little girl, Kezia had spent most of her time with her grandmother, and as a result, she hesitates and couldn’t find confidence even to speak to her father.

As often seen in the cases of those who work for a longer period of time than usual, Kezia’s father too had work stress; and as a result, he punished her very hard for a very innocent act. Further, she saw Mr. MacDonald to spend his time, enjoying with his children, and playing with them, instead of punishing them for their mischievous acts.

Both these incidents gave her one more reason to hate her father. But her hatred turned into immense love one day when she was alone at home with the cook and her father, and she woke of a nightmare, and to her immense surprise, she found her father who took her into his room in his arm and slept there placing her head over his chest. This act of her father changed her way of thinking.

Summary in Hindi: The Little Girl

यह कहानी एक छोटी बच्ची के दर्दनाक और भयावह अनुभव पर प्रकाश डालती है, जिसके पिता अपने काम में इतने व्यस्त हैं कि उन्हें कभी भी उनके साथ मस्ती करने का समय नहीं मिलता है, जैसा कि उनके पड़ोसी श्री मैकडोनाल्ड ने अपने बच्चों के साथ किया था।

इस कहानी में, छोटी लड़की, केजिया ने अपना अधिकांश समय अपनी दादी के साथ बिताया था, और परिणामस्वरूप, वह संकोच करती है और अपने पिता से बात करने के लिए भी आत्मविश्वास नहीं पाती है। जैसा कि अक्सर उन मामलों में देखा जाता है जो सामान्य से अधिक समय तक काम करते हैं, केज़िया के पिता को भी काम का तनाव था;

और परिणामस्वरूप, उसने एक बहुत ही निर्दोष कार्य के लिए उसे बहुत कड़ी सजा दी। इसके अलावा, उसने अपना समय व्यतीत करने के लिए मि। मैकडॉनल्ड को देखा, अपने बच्चों के साथ आनंद ले रहा था, और उनके शरारती कृत्यों के लिए उन्हें दंडित करने के बजाय उनके साथ खेल रहा था।

इन दोनों घटनाओं ने उसे उसके पिता से नफरत करने का एक और कारण दिया। लेकिन उसकी घृणा एक दिन अपार प्रेम में बदल गई, जब वह रसोइया और उसके पिता के साथ घर पर अकेली थी, और वह एक बुरा सपना देख रही थी, और उसके अपार आश्चर्य के कारण, उसने अपने पिता को पाया जो उसे अपनी बांह में अपने कमरे में ले गया, और वहीं अपना सिर उसकी छाती पर रखकर सो गया। उसके पिता की इस हरकत ने उसके सोचने का तरीका बदल दिया।

Theme: The Little Girls

This story brings out the fact that every parent loves their child, but the conversation gap is something that can create a big void. But this void too can be filled with love.

She’s the exclamation mark in the happiest sentence I would ever write

Question Answer: The Little Girl

Question 1: Why was Kezia afraid of her father?

Answer: Kezia’s father’s work stress was what had caused a conversation gap between him and Kezia; and she had spent most of her life with her grandmother only. This all gave birth to the fear in her.

Question 2: Who were the people in Kezia’s family?

Answer: Apart from Kezia and her father, there was Kezia’s mother and her grandmother.

Question 3: What was Kezia’s father’s routine?
(i) before going to his office?
(ii) after coming back from his office?
(iii) on Sundays?

Answer: (i) Before going to office the father used to give a casual kiss and asked her to say goodbye.
(ii) After coming back from office he would ask for newspaper and a cup of tea.
(iii) On Sundays he would sleep on the sofa with his face covered with his favourite cushion.

Question 4: In what ways did Kezia’s grandmother encourage her to get to know her father better?

Answer: Kezia’s grandmother used to encourage Kezia to serve tea, to fetch spectacles for her father, and to give gift to him on his birthday, so that she could get opportunity to interact with him.

Question 5: Kezia’s efforts to please her father resulted in displeasing him very much. How did this happen?

Answer: Kezia’s grandmother asked her to make a pin cushion of Yellow silk for her father. Kezia wanted to stuff the cushion with some scraps. While searching for scrap, she found some pieces of papers spread on her mother’s bed. In her innocence, she used them to stuff the pin cushion.

But it was her sheer bad luck that those were not useless papers, but was an important speech written by her father for a very important event. This made her father angry to the extent that he beat her up.

Question 7: Kezia decides that there are “different kinds of fathers”. What kind of father was Mr Macdonald, and how was he different from Kezia’s father?

Answer: Mr. Macdonald was of jovial nature. He used to play around with his kids. On the other hand Kezia’s father was never seen in a playful mood and was always serious. He always scolded Kezia for seemingly minor mistakes. This was his way of bringing up a child.

Question 8: How does Kezia begin to see her father as a human being who needs her sympathy?

Answer: When Kezia’s mother falls sick she is feeling lonely. To take solace she goes to sleep in her father’s lap. While consoling her he seems to be an affectionate person. Kezia also feels the warmth of the proverbial bear hug of her father. Now she feels quite safe and secure with her father. She realizes that because of his busy schedule her father is unable to give enough time to the family. When her father falls asleep before her, she realizes that her father is also a human being and he too needs sympathy.

Difficult Words and Meanings: The Little Girl

  • a figure to be feared: a person to be feared
  • Glad sense of relief: feeling relaxed
  • Fainter and fainter: to lessen or reduce
  • slip down: come down quietly and unwillingly
  • Stutter: to stammer, to speak with pauses
  • given it up: stopped doing it
  • Trying so hard: making a lot of efforts
  • Wretched: unhappy, sad
  • On the brink of suicide: about to commit suicide
  • Suicide: kill oneself
  • Snoring: the sound produced by some people when there are asleep.
  • Gravely: seriously.
  • Laboriously: with lot of effort or difficulty.
  • Wandered into: went into, by chance.
  • Scraps: small pieces of cloth or paper etc that are not needed.
  • Hue and Cry: angry protest.
  • The damned thing: used to express anger at something.
  • Bedclothes: the sheets, the top sheets that you cover yourself when you are sleeping
  • Clung: to attach yourself to something.
  • Nightmare: a bad dream.
  • Butcher: a person who cuts animals, who cuts meat.
  • Tucked up: covered up nicely in bed
  • Snuggled: moved into a warm, comfortable position, close to another person

Content Writer: Vaishnavi Tripathi……Edited by Shadab Akhter

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