Mrs. Adis - Balbharati solutions | Mrs adis summary pdf

Mrs. Adis - Balbharati solutions | Mrs adis summary pdf

Mrs. Adis - Balbharati solutions | Mrs adis summary pdf

[i] Share your opinions/feelings about a stranger who has a villainous look/ appearance. 

Question 1.
The feeling of a person when he commits a mistake are –
Solution :
He tries to justify it
He tries to hide it
He tries to get sympathy
He becomes offensive as offence is the best form of defense
He pretends to be innocent
Question [ii]
The person who makes a mistake or commits a crime should be punished because –
Solution :
He should not repeat his mistake.
He can misunderstand forgiveness as weakness.
The punishment can reform his character as he may feel ashamed and repentant.
The punishment will be an example to others not to commit such crimes.
The punishment may save him from being a hardcore anti social.

Question [i]
Describe the atmosphere in the woods when Peter Crouch was heading towards Mrs. Adis’s house. It was –
Solution :
[a] A dark moonless night.
[b] A night without even a twilight and the only light seen was the light from the stars far away on the black sky.
[c] A soundless, windless, clear night where only the sound of the dogs barking and a man’s own footsteps could be heard.

Question [ii]
Peter Crouch didn’t knock before entering Mrs. Adis’s house, because –
Solution :
he was in trouble.
he did not want anybody to know that he had entered the house.
he knew he had shot a man.
Question [iii]
Find the reasons that forced Peter to shoot down a person
Solution :
The reasons that forced peter to shoot down a person were:
The keepers spotted him
He was scared that the keepers would arrest him for hunting the rabbits
He knew that it was too dark a night for the keepers to recognize him

Question [iv]
Mrs. Adis didn’t hand over Peter Crouch to the keepers because –
Solution :
She knew he was a good friend of her son Tom
She believed that Peter would never have harmed Tom knowingly because of their friendship
Probably she thought Tom would not have liked his friend to be arrested because of his mother and anyway her dead son would not come back even if Peter was arrested.


Question 1.
The writer has used a phrase ‘Thudding Heart’ which means pounding, or beating of heart, Do you know ‘Thud’ is an onomatopoeic word which means a heavy sound made by an object falling to the ground. Discuss with your partner and make a list of Onomatopoeic words that you find in the text.

Solution :



Question 1.
‘She went to one of the kitchen drawers’.
Look at the sentence carefully. The underlined word tells us that she went [some time ago] to a particular place [at one of the kitchen drawers]. Now write what you did ‘yesterday’ and what your friend did ‘yesterday’. Complete the table.
Solution :
I saw a MovieHe / She wrote an essay
I went out for dinner with my family in my favourite restaurantHe / She played with friends
I did my home workHe / She watched TV
I went out to playHe / She talked over the phone to one of our friends
I watched a movie in NetflixHe / She played with his/ her sibling
I spent time with my grand parentsHe / She studied
I talked to my father about the happenings in my schoolHe / She had dinner and read a story book lying on the bed


Question 1.
Imagine your friend/younger brother or sister has committed a grave mistake that has resulted in a great loss to the college property or to your family. He/she seeks your advice to come out of the situation/problem. Write a dialogue between you and your friend/brother/sister who describes the entire situation and seeks help from you. Take help of the following points.

Confessing the mistake
Seeking help
Your advice/suggestion
Concluding part
Solution :
Saikat: Hi buddy ! How are you? Didn’t see you yesterday, Kunal. Where were you?
Eunal: I was playing football. In fact, I was also looking out for you after the game, but couldn’t find you.
Saikat: Kunal, in fact I need to talk to you about something serious.
Kunal: Serious? What’s it? You Look worried too! Tell me. Let’s see whether we can solve the problem together.
Saikat: I had borrowed a book from the library and I lost it. Somebody picked it up from my bag. I should have been more careful about a library-book. I can’t even tell my mummy about it, she’ll scold me for being careless. I really don’t know what to do. At present I don’t have enough money to buy the book and return it to the library, confessing my mistake.
Kunal: But you have no choice. You must inform the librarian and let him decide what step should be taken. You also should tell aunty what actually has happened. I’m sure, aunty will help you come out of this problem. Truth has no alternative. The mistake has happened may be unknowingly. But you must not hide it from your mother. If required, I will come to your place to talk to aunty. But first, come with me. Let’s write a letter to our librarian with a copy to the principal.
Saikat: You always come out with reasonable solutions. I will do as you have told me. It sounds quite logical. Why don’t you come home so that I get confidence to talk to mummy.
Kunal: I will have to inform my mother too. Otherwise she will be worried. But, our first job is to write the letter.
Saikat: Ok. Thank you so much.
Kunal: It will be my pleasure if I can help you solve your problem.



Question 1.
The best punishment is ‘forgiveness’. Discuss the sentence in the light of the text you have read. You can make use of following points.

Forgiveness provides opportunity to change the behaviour.
Forgiveness leads to repentance.
A person may commit a mistake / crime impulsively or under the force of strong emotions.
Solution :


No one is perfect in this world as the saying goes, “To err is human, to forgive divine”. Committing mistake is not a crime. Understanding that the mistake has been committed is more important than moving towards the path of changing behaviour. In fact, identifying the mistake, recognizing it as a mistake is necessary for a person to reform. And if we can be successful in helping a person to reform his / her character by granting forgiveness, it also helps us to come out of a sense of guilt.

He / She has fallen down, we can be the facilitators for him / her to get up and start afresh. Moreover, revenge can never wipe out crime but it can definitely increase hostility. Forgiveness also helps us to come out of a feeling of guilt. But a hardcore criminal who harms innocent people knowingly and intentionally, should not be spared just by forgiveness.

Question 1.

The writer describes Mrs. Adis as –
Solution :

A small woman
A woman of not more than forty two years
A thin woman with a brown hard face
Having dried skin on the face that caused wrinkles
Question 2.
Mrs. Adis asks Peter Crouch whether he has had quarrel with the keepers. This shows that –
Solution :
She was extremely intelligent
She was quite observant
She was alert and quick in thinking

Question 3.
“That was the keepers”… make trouble” [Refer textbook page 47]
List some characteristics of Mrs. Adis based on the incident of the passage.
Solution :
  1. Helpful
  2. Kind
  3. Matter-of-Fact
  4. Loved her son very dearly
  5. Practical

Question 4.
Viider guessed that Crouch has taken refuge in Mrs. Adis’ house because –
Solution :
Vildar must have guessed the nearby places where it was possible for Crouch to hide. Crouch thought that Vilder’s guess was correct since he had come to the right place. Crouch also felt that the keepers had followed him to reach the exact destination.

Question 5.
“There’s been a row”- the row took place because –
Solution :
A man was trying to hunt rabbits and the keepers could hear the noise of it. The man thought they did not see him because of the darkness, the man probably had seen them. So, he ran away as the keepers had scared him.

Question 6.
Mrs. Adis unlocked the door because –
Solution :
She wanted Crouch to leave her place safely as Crouch was a good friend of her son Tom. She wanted to respect the friendship of her dead son. Crouch was the killer of her son but punishing him could not get her son Tom back.

Question 7.
Then silently, each ‘wrung’ the mother by the hand and went away. Guess the meaning, ‘wrung’ here.
Solution :
‘Wrung’ here means holding the mothers hand tightly to give her assurance of their co-operation.

Question 8.
Find the difference between : shivering and trembling
Solution :
Shivering and trembling do have similar meanings but there is difference in their usage sometimes. For Example, we generally do not say that “He was trembling in cold” we use ‘Shivering’ in such a sentence. But we usually use the expression “The leaves tremble [and not ‘shiver’] in the breeze.


Read the extract and complete the activities given below.

Global Understanding:

Question 1.
Arrange the events according to their occurrence in the passage :
[i] Peter did not knock because he did not want anybody to hear.
[ii] Peter could see Mrs. Adis lend over the fire, taking some pot or kettle off it.
[iii] Peter wanted to stay in Mrs. Adis’s house for sometime.
[iv] Mrs. Adis kept the kettle at the side of the fire as it boiled over.
Solution :
[ii] Peter could see Mrs. Adis lend over the fire, taking some pot or kettle off it.
[i] Peter did not knock because he did not want anybody to hear.
[iv] Mrs. Adis kept the kettle at the side of the fire as it boiled over.
[iii] Peter wanted to stay in Mrs. Adis’s house for sometime.

Question 2.
Complete the table.
Solution :

1. Peter(a) Extremely Fearful
(b) Grateful to Mrs. Adis
2. Mrs. Adis(a) Matter-of-Fact
(b) Helpful
Question 3.
Whatever Mrs. Adis’s justifications in favour of Peter?
Solution :
Mrs. Adis wanted to justify to the keepers that even if Peter had killed Tom, he must have done it unknowingly as they were good friends. But she did not want to face the killer of her son and wanted him to leave silently.

Complex Factual 

Question 1.
How did Peter Crouch confess to Mrs. Adis.
Solution :
Peter Crouch accepted to Mrs. Adis that he had shot a man and did not know whether that man was dead. He confessed that he had not knocked at Mrs. Adis’s door as he did not want anybody to know that he was there. The keepers were chasing him.

Question 2.
Why didn’t the man speak for a moment?
Solution :
The man was surprised that Mrs. Adis was helping him so much in spite of knowing very well that he was hiding from the keepers. She figured out the route for him to escape so that, the keepers could not see him. She even paid him the train fare to go to London as he did not have any money. He was speechless for a moment since he was trying to guess the reason for her kindness towards him.

Inference / Interpretation / Analysis  

Question 1.
“I didn’t want anybody to hear”
This sentence implied –
Solution :
1. Peter entered Mrs. Adis’s house without knocking because he did not want anybody to hear the knock and find out his whereabouts.
2. Peter was running away from the keepers as he had shot a man. He wanted to take shelter at Mrs, Adis’s place for sometime and would escape at a convenient time.

Question 2.
Point out two instances when the man felt that Mrs. Adis was an intelligent lady.
Solution :
1. Mrs. Adis told the man to leave her house immediately after the keepers had crossed the house and she also instructed him to take the opposite direction so that the keepers would not be able to see him.
2. Mrs. Adis wanted the man to leave her house before Tom came back as she was expecting Tom to bring one of his friends. She wanted to arrow a situation when tom might suspect something wrong after seeing that man at her place.

Question 3.
Explain why Peter went out silently without talking to Mrs. Adis.
Solution :
Peter knew that he had committed a glare crime of killing his friend Tom, he might have done it unknowingly but he could feel the loss of Mrs. Adis. Tom was her only son and Peter, being his friend, knew about their attachment. He was repentant and could understand that he had no word to console Mrs. Adis who, in spite of losing her son, saved him. So he went out silently without disturbing Mrs. Adis.

Personal Response  

Question 1.
What characteristics of Mrs. Adis, form the passage, do you admire the most? Justify your answer.
Solution :
I appreciate the calmness of Mrs. Adis the most in a difficult situation when a criminal was standing in front of her, she did not lose her cool and maintained her patience. She was obviously disturbed by Peter’s presence lent did not take any hasty decision.

Question 2.
Explain whether you support Mrs. Adis of saving a criminal from the keepers.
Solution :
Yes, I support Mrs. Adis because she has saved the man from the keeper just for the sake of her love towards her son Tom. She has also felt that the man has not committed a grave crime and can be given a chance to save himself. I respect a mother’s love and sentiment for her child’s friend.

Question 3.
What according to you, Mrs. Adis should have ideally done? Explain your answer.
Solution :
I think Mrs. Adis had taken the right decision of allowing Peter to go. She, being the mother of Tom who had been shot dead by Peter, could have ideally handled over the culprit in the hands of the keepers. But that would not have brought back Tom to her. So, she decided to give Peter a chance to reform as Tom probably would have done and she wanted to respect her son’s sentiment at that moment.

Language Study:  

Question [i]
He changed his mind and went to the door. [Remove ‘and’]
Solution :
Changing his mind he went to the door.

Question [ii]
He could see Mrs. Adis stooping over the fire. [Replace the modal auxiliary with ‘be able to]
Solution :
He was able to see Mrs. Adis stooping over the fire.

Question [iii]
That was the keepers. [Use past perfect tense and rewrite]
Solution :
That had been the keepers.

Question [iv]
He was roused by the sound of footsteps on the road. [Begin with ‘The sound…’ and rewrite]
Solution :
The sound of footsteps on the road roused him.

Question [v]
The only thing he could possibly do.
Solution :
He could not possibly do anything else, [or] Nothing else he could possibly do. [Make negative]

Question [vi]
She did not come in.
Solution :
She had not come in. [Use past perfect tense]



Question 1.
Give adjective forms of the following :
  • silence
  • quarrel
  • trouble
  • moment
Solution :
  • silent
  • quarrelsome
  • troublesome
  • momentary
Question 2.
Give the meaning of the word ‘Fare’ as a noun and as a verb. Make two sentences of your own to show the word having two different meanings.
1. Fare [Noun]: Price
We cannot afford the air fare to go abroad.
2. Fare [Verb] : Progress
Sushant fared well in Mathematics.

Mrs. Adis - Balbharati solutions | Mrs adis summary pdf 

Sheila Kaye-Smith was an English novelist and poet. Many of her novels were set in the borderlands of Sussex and Kent in the English regional tradition. Her book 'The End of the House of Alard' became a best-seller. The story is about a peasant woman who finds a desperate young man at her doorstep, pleading of her to give him protection from the police. He had been poaching on the nearby estate, and in panic, had killed one of the gamekeepers.

Mrs. Adis - Balbharati solutions

ln north-east Sussex a great tongue of land runs into Kent. It is a land of woods - the old hammerwoods of the Sussex iron industry and among the woods gleam the hammerponds. Owing to the thickness of the woods, the road that passes Mrs. Adis's cottage is dark long before the fields beyond. That night there was no twilight and no moon, only a few pricks of fire in the black sky above the trees. But what the darkness hid the silence revealed. 

In the absolute stillness of the night, windless and clear, every sound was distinct, intensified. The distant bark of a dog at Delmonden sounded close at hand, and the man who walked on the road could hear the echo of his own footsteps following him like a knell. Every now and then he made an effort to go more quietly, but the roadside was a mass of thorns, and their crackling and rustling were nearly as loud as the thud of his feet on the road. 

Besides, they made him go slowly, and he had no time for that. When he came to Mrs. Adis’s cottage he paused a moment. Only a small patch of grass lay between it and the road, and he looked in at the lighted, uncurtained window. He could see Mrs. Adis stooping over the fire, taking some pot or kettle off it. He hesitated and seemed to wonder. He was a big, heavy, working man, not successful, judging by the poverty of his appearance. For a moment he made as if he would open the window, then he changed his mind and went to the door instead.

‘You might do it for Tom's sake,’ he said. ‘You haven't been an over-good friend to Tom’, snapped Mrs. Adis. ‘But Tom’s been a very good friend to me; he would want you to stand by me tonight.’ ‘Well, I won’t say he wouldn’t, for Tom always thought better of you than you deserved. Maybe you can stay till he comes home to-night, then we can hear what he says about it.’ ‘He’ll be up at work for an hour yet, and the coast will be clear by then - l can get away out of the country.’ 

 ‘Where’ll you go?’ ‘I don’t know. There is time to think of that.’ ‘Well! You can think of it in here, she said dryly, opening a door which led from the kitchen into the small shed at the back of the cottage. They’ll never guess you’re there, specially if I tell them I haven’t seen you tonight.’ ‘You’re a good woman, Mrs. Adis. I know I’m not worth your standing by me, but may be I’d have been different if I’d a mother like Tom’s.’ 

 She did not speak, but shut the door, and he was in darkness save for a small ray of light that came through one of the cracks. By this light he could see her moving to and fro, preparing Tom’s supper. In another hour Tom would be home from Ironlatch Farm, where he worked every day. Peter Crouch trusted Tom to help him, for they had been friends when they went together to the National School at Lamberhurst, and since then the friendship had not been broken by their very different characters and careers. 

 Peter Crouch huddled down upon the sacks that filled one corner of the shed. A delicious smell of cooking began to come through from the kitchen, and he hoped Mrs. Adis would not deny him a share of the supper when Tom came home, for he was very hungry and he had a long way to go. He had fallen into a kind of helpless doze, when he was roused by the sound of footsteps on the road.

For a moment his poor heart nearly choked him with its beating. They were the keepers. They had guessed where he was - with Mrs. Adis, his old friend’s mother. He had been a fool to come to the cottage. Nearly losing his self-control, he shrank into the corner, shivering, half sobbing. But the footsteps went by. The next minute Mrs. Adis stuck her head into the shed. ‘That was the keepers’, She said shortly. ‘I saw them go by. They had lanterns. 

Maybe it would be better if you slipped out now and went towards Cansiron. You’d miss them that way and get over to Kent. There’s a London train that comes from Tunbridge Wells at ten tonight.’ ‘That’d be a fine thing for me, ma’am, but I haven't the price of a ticket on me.’ She went to one of the kitchen drawers. ‘Here’s seven shillings. It’ll be your fare to London and a bit over.’ For a moment he did not speak, then he said: ‘I don’t know how to thank you ma’am.’ 

 ‘Oh, you needn’t thank me. I am doing it for Tom.’ ‘I hope you won’t get into trouble because of this.’ ‘There isn’t much fear. No one’s ever likely to know you’ve been in this cottage. That’s why I’d sooner you went before Tom came back, for maybe he’d bring a friend with him, and that’d make trouble.’ She opened the door for him but on the threshold they both stood still, for again footsteps could be heard approaching, this time from the far south. 

 ‘May be it’s Tom,’ said Mrs. Adis. ‘There’s more than one man there, and I can hear voices.’ ‘You’d better go back,’ she said shortly. ‘Wait till they’ve passed, anyway.’ With an unwilling shrug he went back into the little dusty shed, which he had come to hate, and she locked the door upon him.

The footsteps drew nearer. They came slowly and heavily this time. For a moment he thought they would pass also, but their momentary dulling was only the crossing of the strip of grass outside the door. The next minute there was a knock. It was not Tom, then. Trembling with anxiety and curiosity, Peter Crouch put his eye to one of the numerous cracks in the door and looked through into the kitchen. 

He saw Mrs. Adis go to the cottage door, but before she could open it a man came in quickly and shut it behind him. Crouch recognized Vidler, one of the keepers of Scotney Castle, and he felt his hands and feet grow leaden cold. They knew where he was then. They had followed him. They had guessed that he had taken refuge with Mrs. Adis. It was all up. He was not really hidden; there was no place for him to hide. Directly they opened the inner door they would see him. 

Why couldn’t he think of things better? Why wasn’t he cleverer at looking after himself - like other men? His legs suddenly refused to support him, and he sat down on the pile of sacks. The man in the kitchen seemed to have some difficulty in saying what he wanted to Mrs. Adis. He stood before her silently twisting his cap. ‘Well, what is it?’ she asked. ‘I want to speak to you, ma’am’. 

 Peter Crouch listened, straining his ears, for his thudding heart nearly drowned the voices in the next room. Oh no! he was sure she would not give him away. If only for Tom’s sake. She was a good sort, Mrs. Adis. ‘Well?’ she said sharply, as the man remained tongue tied.’ I have brought you bad news, ma’am,’ Her expression changed. 

 ‘What ? It isn’t Tom, is it?’ ‘He’s outside,’ said the keeper. ‘What do you mean?’ said Mrs. Adis, and she moved the door. ‘Don’t ma’am. Not till I’ve told you.’ ‘Told me what? Oh, be quick, man, for mercy’s sake,’ and she tried to push past him to the door.

‘There’s been a row,’ he said, down by Cinder Wood. There was a chap there snaring rabbits, and Tom was walking with the Boormans and me and old Crotch. We heard a noise and there...It was too dark to see who it was, and directly he saw us he made off but we’d scared him, and he let fly with his gun... ‘Tom’- said Mrs. Adis. The keeper had forgotten his guard, and before he could prevent her she had flung open the door. 

 The men outside had evidently been waiting for the signal, and they came in carrying something, which they put down in the middle of the kitchen floor. ‘Is he dead?’ asked Mrs. Adis without tears. The men nodded. They could not find a dry voice like hers. In the shed Peter Crouch had ceased to sweat and tremble. Strength had come with despair, for he knew he must despair now. Besides, he no longer wanted to escape from this thing that he had done. Oh, Tom;- -and I was thinking it was one of the keepers. 

Oh, Tom. And it was you that got it-got it from me; I don’t want to live! And yet life was sweet, for there was a woman at Ticehurst, a woman as faithful to him as Tom, who would go with him to the world's end even now. But he must not think of her . He had no right: he must pay with his life for what he had done. Mrs. Adis was sitting in the old basket armchair by the fire. One of the men had helped her into it. ‘We’ll go round to Ironlatch Cottage and ask Mrs. Gain to come down to you.’ 

 ‘This is a terrible thing to have come to you, and as for the man who did it-we’ve a middling good guess who he is, and he shall hang.’ ‘We didn’t see his face, but we’ve got his gun. He threw it into a bush when he bolted and I swear that gun belongs to Peter Crouch who’s been up to no good since the day he was sacked for stealing corn.’ 

‘But he couldn’t have known it was Tom when he did it, he and Tom always being better friends than he deserved.’ Peter Crouch was standing upright now, looking through the crack of the door. He saw Mrs. Adis struggle to her feet and stand by the table, looking down on the dead man’s face. He saw her put her hand into her apron pocket, where she had thrust the key of the shed. 

 ‘The Boormans have gone after Crouch,’ said Vidler, nervously breaking the silence. ‘They’d thought he’d broken through the wood Ironlatch way. There’s no chance of his having been by here? You haven’t seen him to-night ma’am?’ There was a pause. ‘No,’ said Mrs. Adis, ‘I haven’t seen him. Not since Tuesday.’ She took her hand out of her apron's pocket. 

 ‘Well, we’ll be getting around and fetch Mrs. Gain. Reckon you’d be glad to have her.’ Mrs. Adis nodded. ‘Will you carry him in there first?’ and she pointed to the bedroom door. The men picked up the stretcher and carried it into the next room. Then silently each wrung the mother by the hand and went away. She waited until they had shut the door, then she came towards the shed. Crouch once more fell a shivering. He couldn’t bear it.

 No he’d rather be hanged than face Mrs. Adis. He heard the key turn in the lock and he nearly screamed. But she did not come in. She merely unlocked the door, then crossed the kitchen with a heavy, dragging footstep and shut herself in the room where Tom was. Peter Crouch knew what he must do-the only thing she wanted him to do, the only thing he could possibly do. He opened the door and silently went out. 
 -Sheila Kaye-Smith 

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