the bear story
Once their lived a lady on the boarder of a big forest. She found a bear cub in the forest. It was starving .It was quite helpless. The lady had to bring it up on the bottle. The cook helped her.
After many years it grew up to a big and strong bear. However he was a most amiable bear. He harmed neither men nor beasts. There were three mountain ponies in the stable. Even these ponies did not feel frightened when he walked into the stable. He also looked amicably at the cattle. The children used to ride on his back. They had been also found asleep in his kennel between his two paws. The three Lapland dogs loved to play with him. They pulled his ears and teased him in every way. He did not mind it at all.
The bear ate the same food as the dogs. He ate bread, porridge, potatoes, cabbages and turnips. He had a good appetite. He used to see with wistful eyes at the apples in the orchard. He was not allowed to climb the tree and eat them. He had also been taught not to touch the beehive. He was once put on the chain for two days when he had touched the beehives. Otherwise he was chained only at night. Like a dog, a bear also does not like to be chained.
The lady visited her sister every Sunday. This sister lived on the other side of the mountain lake. It was not safe to go with the bear through the forest. So on the Sundays the bear was on chain the whole afternoon.
One Sunday while walking through the dense forest, she found the bear following her. The lady was very angry. There was no time to take him back home. She did not want him to come with her. She told him in her hardest tone to go back. She threatened him with her parasol. The bear did not seem to want to obey. Then the lady saw that the bear had even lost his new collar. She hit the bear with her parasol so hard that it broke in two. The bear stopped and opened his mouth several times as it wanting to say something. Then he turned round and went back. However he stopped now and then to look back at the lady. At last she lost sight of him.
The lady came home in the evening. She found the bear looking very sorry for him. It was so because he had been sitting there the whole day .Sitting in the same position he had been waiting for the lady. The lady was still very angry. She began to scold the bear. She said that he would be chained for two more days as punishment.
The old cook heard the lady and rushed out from the kitchen. She loved the bear as her own son. She asked the lady to bless him instead of scolding him. The bear, she said, had been sitting there all day as meek as an angel.
It was then the lady realized that she had met another bear in the forest.
Q1. why did the lady chain the bear on Sundays?
A: The lady used to go to her sister’s house on Sundays. She chained the bear lest he should wander in the forest in her absence. She also feared that he would turn in to a wild bear.
Q2.The cook loved the bear like her own son. Justify.
A: The cook had brought up the baby bear on milk bottle .The lady wanted to punish the bear by chaining him for two days. The cook told the lady that the bear had not gone anywhere. She saved the bear from punishment. It shows that the cook loved the bear like her own son.
Q3. Give the character sketch of the bear in “The Bear Story”.
A: The baby bear was brought upon milk. He ate only vegetarian food. He never tasted meat. He liked apples and honey. He never attacked the animals. He entered the stables of mountain ponies in a friendly manner. The dogs played with him and pulled his ears and tails. The children enjoyed a ride on his back. He was quite friendly with children and other animals. He was a gentle animal. He was the favourite of both the lady and the cook.
Q4. Give the character sketch of the lady in “The Bear Story”.
A: The lady is very kind. Once she finds a bear cub in the forest. She tamed the baby bear. She brings him up like her own son. She feds him on milk bottle. She gives him an apple to eat every day. She gives him vegetarian diet. Sometimes she punishes the bear for his bad behavior. She pets him before chaining.
The lady is very bold. She crosses the forest alone very fearlessly. She hits the wild bear hard when he chases her in the forest. She does not tolerate disobedience even on the part of her pet bear. She is fond of taming animals.
ANSWERS OF THE TEXTBOOK
Q1. where did the lady find the bear cub? How did she bring it up?
A: The lady found the bear cub in the dense forest near her house. It was very small and at the verge of death due to hunger. It was brought up on milk by the lady and her cook.
Q2: The bear grew up but “he was a most amiable bear”. Give three examples to prove this.
A: The bear was a most amiable bear. He did not dream of harming anybody, Man or beast. He looked amicably at the cattle grazing in the field but caused them no harm. Sometimes he went in to the stable with his mistress. The three horses did not mind it in the least. The children used to ride on his back. More than once they had been found asleep between his two paws.
Q3. What did the bear eat? There were two things he was not allowed to do. What are they?
A: The bear ate the same food as the dogs and often out of the same plate. He ate bread, porridge, potatoes, cabbages and turnips. But he liked fruits the most.
He was not allowed to touch or disturb the beehives. He was also not allowed to climb up the apple tree to eat apples.
Q4. When was the bear tied up with a chain and Why?
A: When the bear created trouble with the beehives, he was tied up with a chain as a punishment. Apart from his, he was only kept on chain during the night and on Sundays.
Q5. What happened one Sunday when the lady was going to her sister’s house? What did the lady do? What was the bear’s reaction?
A: One Sunday when the lady was going to her sister’s house, a bear came up to her from behind .She thought that it was her bear. She scolded him for disobeying her. She saw that he had no collar on her neck; she became furious and hit him on the nose. The bear was very surprised. He shook his head and opened his big mouth several times as if he wanted to say something. Then he turns around and went away.
Q6. Why was the bear looking sorry for himself in the evening? Why did the cook get angry with her mistress?
A: The bear had been chained for the whole Sunday afternoon and was lonely without his mistress. So, he was looking sorry for himself. The cook got angry with her mistress because she was scolding the bear for no fault. He had behaved very well the whole in her absence.
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