CBSE Class 10 English Fiction The Letter Assignment. 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 story deals with the boundless faith and trust of an individual who believes in destiny and God.
Ali, a weakening old man regularly comes to the post office early in the morning with the expectation of receiving a letter of his only daughter Miriam who has settled far away from him after her marriage.
Ali’s wait for the letter gets prolonged and becomes a test of his patience and faith.
The post office staff always makes him a laughing stock and plays pranks with him, calls him mad and disrespects his fatherly sentiments, even then he remains undeterred.
Ali was not such a person in his youthful days, he was a passionate ‘shikari’ and loved killing animals and birds. His only daughter lived with him. A transformation takes place in him after the marriage of her and then he realises
that everything in this world is governed by love and that pain of separation is unavoidable. He gives up hunting and since then he comes to the post office to know about the wellbeing of his daughter.
His trust in humanity and humans suffers as he is ill-treated by everyone in the post office including the Post Master whose daughter has also settled far away from him after the marriage.
Ali makes request to the Post Master to help him out in getting the letter of his daughter but the Post Master insults him by calling him a ‘pest’.
Ali does not come to the post office for many days and when he returns he feels like approaching the end of his life. In frustration he decided to make an offer to one clerk of the post office. He requests the clerk to place the letter of his
daughter at his grave yard when it comes and as a favour for this he offers five golden guineas to him.
The story takes an interesting turn around when the Post Master finds himself in trouble as his daughter get ill at her in-laws place and he becomes anxious to know about her well- being. Now he understands the fatherly emotions of Ali.
The Post Master changes his attitude and outlook towards humans & letters.
Finally a letter arrives which is addressed to Ali and then the Post Master decides to hand it over to Ali personally as part of his repentance. He waits for Ali in the morning and gets an illusion that he has faced Ali and handed him the letter of
his daughter, but to his greater shock he comes to know that Ali has died a few days back.
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