CBSE Class 10 English The Dear Departed Assignment Set B. Students are advised to refer to the attached assignments and practice them regularly. This will help them to identify their weak areas and will help them to score better in examination. Parents should download and give the assignments to their children for practice.
Mrs. Slater scolds her daughter Victoria for loitering around in a fancy-colourful dress when her grandfather is lying dead upstairs.
She asks Victoria to wear a white frock with a black sash.Her Aunt Elizabeth and Ben are coming and they will not like her in such a dress.
Mrs. Slater wants to grab/steal the things that belonged to grandfather before the Jordans come.She asks her husband Henry to use new slippers of grandfather.
She has eye on the old man’s bureau and wants to bring downstairs in her room.
Mrs. Slater knows that her sister Elizabeth is very sharp and clever and will drive a hard bargain over things left by grandfather.Henry doesn’t seem much interested but gives in soon.
When Henry and his wife are bringing the bureau down, Victoria asks if they were stealing it.
Mrs. Slater tells a lie that the bureau was given by Grandfather before he died.Then Mrs. Slater brings the man’s beautiful clock downstairs.
The Jordans come and they ask how the old man died. They are annoyed that Mrs. Slater didn’t call any other doctor when Dr.Pringle,the family doctor was not available.
Mrs. Slater tells that he was well in the morning, had his breakfast and then left for the insurance office to pay his premium.
Mr. Jordan shows no emotion and says everybody has to die sooner or later.
They talk about giving announcement in the paper.
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan are more interested in having tea than going up and seeing the dead man.
Mrs. Jordan wants that a list must be made of the things left by the old man. Henry tells them that the old has not left any jewelry or valuables
Mrs. Jordan reminds that he must have left a gold watch for Jimmy because he was very fond of him.
Mrs. Slater is not pleased .Ben asks for receipt for the premium paid that morning.
He calls grandfather “the drunken old beggar” when he realizes that premium has not been paid.
Victoria goes upstairs to fetch the bunch of keys when she finds her grandfather moving.
She starts shouting “Mother! Mother! Grandpa’s getting up”.Soon Mr. Abel Merryweather comes down and they are transfixed with amazement.
He is surprised to find Henry wearing his new slippers.
He finds Elizabeth, Amelia, Henry and little Victoria wearing dresses for mourning.
Abel Merryweather is again surprised to see his bureau and clock downstairs.
Mrs. Jordan tells grandfather that Mrs. Slater and Henry have stolen his bureau and clock.
Mrs. Slater tries to silence her but Mrs. Jordan is relentless.
She tells her father what was going on in the house when he was dead.
Mr. AbelMerryweather understands why all of them were in black.
Grandfather declares that he is going to make a new will.
He will leave his belongings to the person with whom he will be living at time of his death.
The selfish and greedy daughters compete with each other to keep the old man with them.
Abel Merryweather comes to know what his greedy daughters think of him.Grandfather declares that on Monday he is going to do three things.
First he will go to his lawyer to change his will.
Then he will go to the insurance office to pay the premium.
In the end he will go to St.Phillip’s Church and get married.
Everyone is shocked and surprised and Mrs. Slater that the old man has gone out of senses.
Mr. Abel Merryweather declares that he is going to marry Mrs. John Shorrocks, who keeps the ‘Ring- ‘o’-Bells.
He invites all of them at the wedding at twelve o’clock at St.Phillip’s Church.
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