The Eyes Have It questions and answers

The Eyes Have It questions and answers

The Eyes Have It
Ruskin Bond
Long Questions Answers
1. “Then I made a mistake.” –Who made the mistake? What was the mistake? Why did the speaker call it a mistake?
Ans: In the short story “The Eyes Have It” the narrator made the mistake.
📔 The mistake was to ask the girl, the narrator’s first co-passenger what it was like outside.
📔 While the narrator was traveling on the train, a girl got up in his compartment. The narrator liked the girl’s voice and even the sound of her slippers. The narrator was completely blind at the time but was trying to keep his blindness a secret from the girl. But in the middle of the conversation, he suddenly asked her what it was like outside. It was not natural for a well-sighted person to ask such question. The narrator thought that from this question the girl would understand that he was blind. So he called it a mistake.
2. “You have an interesting face.” –Who said this and to whom? When did the speaker say this? What did the listener say in response?
Ans: In the short story “The Eyes Have It” the narrator said the quoted line to the girl whom the narrator met in course of his train journey.
📔 During the train journey, a girl got up in the narrator’s room. The narrator liked the girl’s voice very much. Since the narrator was blind at the time, he had no idea about the girl’s appearance. To understand the girl’s face, the narrator tactfully told her in the middle of the conversation that she had an interesting face.
📔 In response the girl told the narrator that it was nice to be told she had an interesting face. She was tired of people telling her she had a pretty face.
3. “You have an interesting face.” – Who does ‘you’ refer to here? How did the listener react to this comment? What did the speaker say to correct his comment? 
Ans: Here ‘you’ refers to the blind girl, the co-passenger of the narrator in the story “The Eyes Have It.”
📔 The narrator met the girl while traveling by train. Although the narrator liked her voice very much, he had no idea about her appearance as he was blind at that time. To get an idea of ​​her face, he told the girl with flattery that she had an interesting face. In reply the girl smiled pleasantly and said that it was nice to be told she had an interesting face. She was tired of people telling her she had a pretty face.
📔 From the girl’s reply the narrator came to know that she had a pretty face. Then the narrator said that an interesting face could also be pretty. Thus the narrator corrected his comment.
4. “I’m tired of people telling me I have a pretty face.” – Who said this and to whom? When did the speaker say this? What did the person spoken to reply?
Ans: In Ruskin Bond’s short story “The Eyes Have It” the blind girl said this to the narrator.
📔 During the train journey, a girl got up in the narrator’s room. The narrator liked the girl’s voice very much. Since the narrator was blind at the time, he had no idea about the girl’s appearance. To understand the girl’s face, the narrator tactfully told her in the middle of the conversation that she had an interesting face. In response the girl told the narrator that it was nice to be told she had an interesting face. She was tired of people telling her she had a pretty face.
📔 In response the narrator told the girl that an interesting face could also be pretty.
5. “She was an interesting girl.” Who said this and to whom? In what context did the speaker say so? What else did the speaker say? What reply did he get?
Ans: In Ruskin Bond’s short story “The Eyes Have It” the narrator said the quoted line to the second fellow passenger who boarded the train at Saharanpur.
📔 The girl, who was sitting in the narrator’s compartment on the train, got down at Saharanpur and a new passenger got up in the compartment. The fellow passenger broke the narrator’s daydream to start a conversation with him and told him that he was not as attractive as the passenger who had just left. In this context the narrator said the quoted line.
📔 The narrator then asked the new passenger if the girl’s hair was long or short.
📔 The new co-passenger replied that he could not tell about the girl’s hair, because he noticed her eyes, not her hair. Her eyes were beautiful but not of any use. The girl was completely blind.
6. “….and the woman gave the girl detailed instructions…” –Who was the woman? What instructions were given to the girl by the woman?
Ans: According to the narrator of the short story “The Eyes Have It” the woman was the mother of the girl who boarded the train at Rohana.
📔 A couple came to see the girl off at the railway station. According to the narrator, they were probably the girl’s parents. The woman was worried about the girl’s comfort. She gave the girl detailed instructions on where to keep her belongings, when not to lean out the window, and how to avoid talking to strangers.

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