Guess what these words and phrases mean from the context
Indicate the details that tell us that the narrator was not very financially comfortable during his stay in London.
How did the narrator adjust to the ways of life first in London and then in Cambridge, U.S.A.?
What do you understand of the character of Mrs Croft from the story?
What kind of a relationship did Mrs. Croft share with her daughter Helen?
How does the narrator bring out the contrast between the Indian way of life and American society? Do you think his wife Mala adjusted comfortably to the new way of life?
Living abroad is challenging in many ways.
The Indian family system offers more security to the aged than what is found in the West.
The eccentricities of the old are often endearing.
Discuss the manner in which the author interweaves details of the narrator’s family with the flow of the main narrative.
‘Mrs Croft’s was the first death I mourned in America, for, hers was the first life I had admired; she had left this world at last, ancient and alone, never to return’—how do these lines encapsulate the bond that is possible between two strangers?
Examine the pieces of conversation in the story. How do they reflect the world view of each of the speakers?
There are many instances of gentle humour in the story. Point out some of these and state how this contributes to the interest of the narration.
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