CBSE Class 10 English Assignment - The Dear Departed. 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.
THE DEAR DEPARTED
· The Dear Departed is a satire that criticizes the peripheral relations and showy love between
parents, siblings and children. The title appears emotional but soon it becomes clear that the
dear to depart in the story is not Mr. Abel, father of Amelia and Elizabeth. What departed them
dearly were their father’s assets and belongings that the two daughters and their husbands had
been waiting for.
· The daughters waited for their father’s death, not for his well being. They fought with each
other to get rid of their father. The poor, old man learnt the nature of his children’s love but, too
late. But, eventually he was able to escape their cruel hospitality and cunning care for him.
· Mr. Able, the father, was a widower for long time. He learnt about the world and its multiple
faces through his own daughters. He was a practical man, jolly and active at 70 but an alcoholic
at the same time.
· He was agonized by the fact that he was unwanted.
· He appears iron-hearted for a while but finally ends up destroying his will and shamelessly gets
married at the age of 75.
Given below are the main incidents of the play. They are in a jumbled order. Arrange them in
sequence in which they occur in the play.
(a) Victoria is asked to fetch the bunch of keys.
(b) Mrs. Slater instructs Victoria to put her white frock on with a black sash.
(c) Mrs. Slater discovers that grandfather is ‘dead’.
(d) The Slaters fetch the bureau and the clock from upstairs.
(e) The family sits down to have tea.
(f) Henry wears the new slippers of grandfather.
(g) Grandfather comes to know how his daughters were in a hurry to divide his things between
(h) Grandfather announces his intention to change his will and to marry Mrs. Shorrocks.
(i) Grandfather comes down and is surprised to find the Jordans.
(j) They discuss the obituary announcement in the papers and the insurance premium
(k) The Jordans arrive and learn the details of grandfather’s ‘demise’ from the Slaters.
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