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(I) (i) ‘She’ in this line is Eveline and ‘he’ is Frank. She remembered how he stood at the gate with his peaked cap pushed to the back of his head, his hair tumbling forward on his bronze face.


(ii) Over the last few weeks, they had begun to learn about one another and like each other. They soon got attracted to each other and fell in love.


(II) (i) The ‘first’ refers to the rays of the sun, which can be seen as reflecting the force of love that brought the two lovers together in the first place. The rays which came from behind are meant to allow others to look at the lovers’ example and learn, while the lovers themselves become more withdrawn from one another.


(ii) The westward decline of love shows the decay of the love relation and how the lovers are now withdrawn from each other, and possess secrets, and are no longer completely transparent to one another.


(III) (i) In the above-mentioned lines, Prakriti is speaking with her mother. She is referring to the time when the Buddhist monk Ananda accepted the water she had offered him.


(ii) The speaker fell in love with the beautiful monk who accepted water from the hands of a chandal girl. Due to this action of his, she fell in love with him and asked her mother to perform a spell on him to win his love.


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