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(a) Aunt Jennifer was a victim of her own marriage. She was dominated by her husband and her wedding ring seems to be weighted by the burden of life. Her creations came out through her animals. She was a naïve wife who was in control of her husband but the animals she created contradicted her personality as they were bold and free. Through her artistry she vented out her feelings with a sense of hope that she could be the same but she has lost all strength to fight back her husband’s dominance.


(b) Saheb was not satisfied working at the tea shop. He had job security as he had been placed as a helper at the tea stall but he had lost his freedom by working as an employee. He earned Rs. 800 along with timely meals but at the same time he had been pushed to the position of a child labour. He compares the two situations and says that though he lived his life in uncertainty as a rag picker but he had the freedom to go around anywhere and arrange for his daily needs. He felt like his own master being a rag picker but as a helper he was just a servant for the shop owner.


(c) Sophie was a person who lived in an unrealistic world. Jansie was her best friend and a practical person. She tried to bring back Sophie into the real world situation. She was well aware of Sophie’s family and financial position. She knew that Sophie couldn’t afford to live in a world of fantasy coming from a middle class family. They were destined to work at the biscuit factory. Sophie dreamt of owning a big boutique some day or becoming an actress or working as a fashion designer as her side business. Her dreams were big but it was difficult for her to realise that fulfilling it would require money which was the root of all problems. Jansie advises Sophie that living in the real world with a practical mind is much better than fantasising.


(d) McLeery had come to conduct Evans German examination. His suitcase was thoroughly checked before letting him into the prison. The suitcase contained the sealed question paper, an invigilation form, Examination board authentication, a paper knife, Bible, Church Times newspaper and a smallish semi-inflated rubber ring. On being asked why he was carrying the rubber ring he said that he was suffering from piles and therefore couldn’t sit on the chair for long and would require the rubber for help. But actually the rubber ring was filled with pig blood which helped Evans to put it on his head and escape by displaying that McLeery was injured.


(e) Dr. Sadao was not sent abroad with the Japanese troops during the war because of two reasons. First being that he was engaged in a research which could help in healing wounds faster. The second reason was that the old general Yakima could require an immediate surgery anytime and he was being treated by Dr. Sadao whom he could easily rely on. General Yakima believed that since the other surgeons were from Germany they would declare the surgery successful even if he died in the process. So he decided not to let Sadao go with the troops.


(f) Roger Skunk was a character in Jack’s story narrated to Jo. His story followed a typical pattern where the story revolved around a small animal named Roger who last name would be whatever creature he was associated with. He would face some or the other issue and go to the wise owl to ask for help. It would then direct Roger to the wizard who could give him a solution to his problem. Following the same pattern, he was narrating a story with the protagonist ‘Roger Skunk’ who had a bad body odour. He went to the owl to seek advice so that he could get rid of it because he didn’t have any friends in the jungle due to this problem.


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