CBSE Class 12 Elements of Fiction

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Elements of Fiction

News report, Short Story, Article, Novel It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of wife.

However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of one or other of their daughters. 'My dear Mr. Bennet,' said his lady to him one day, 'have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?'

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. 'But it is.' Returned she; for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.'

Mr. Bennet made no answer. 'Do not you want to know who has taken it? cried his wife impatiently. 'You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it,' This was invitation enough. 'Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately.

Law of the business to which my life is devoted and I should show less than devotion if  I did not do what in me lies to improve it, and when I perceive what seems to me theideal of its future, if I hesitated to point it out and to press toward it with all my heart.

After 60 years of Independence, the Indian justice system still remains 'untouchable' and non-approachable' to the have not humanity of the country. This is true at the level of the trial court, the appellate court, and the superior tribunals with binding finality and constitutional supremacy. The performance of this great constitutional instrumentality is in need of a transformation. The powerful words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes persuade me to undertake a moderate critique, with deep reverence to the high Indian judicature, of certain facets of public concern.

Everywhere, docket arrears are escalating. Judges clamour for more members, more perks and status-oriented facilities. Overall litigate expenses, court fees, lawyer's fees and incidentals are mounting. Court judgments are a gamble from deck to deck. Even minimal interlocutory proceedings go on interminably, with arcane verbiage, prolix adversarial advocacy and sluggish, leisurely hearings and disposals. In delivering the final conclusions, the system exhibits procrastination or precipitancy. Fair expectations of justice are marred by inevitable frustration of faith in judicial remedies.

“I met little Madhu several years ago, when I lived alone in a town near the Himalayan foothills. I was in my twenties then, and my outlook on life was still romantic; the cynicism that was to come with the thirties had not yet set in. I preferred the solitude of the small district town to the kind of social life I might have found in the cities; and in my books and in my writing and the surrounding hills there was enough for my pleasure and occupation. I knew I could not isolate myself indefinitely; a time would come when the money I had made from my book would run out, and then I would have to return to the cities to make a living.

On summer mornings I would often sit beneath an old mango tree, with a notebook or sketch pad on my knees. The house which I had rented stood on the outskirts of the town; and a large tank, and a few poor houses, could be seen from the garden wall. A narrow public pathway passed under the low wall. 

One morning, while I sat beneath the mango tree, I saw a young girl of about eight, wearing a few torn clothes, darting about on the pathway and along the high banks of the tank…..

The Capital has already got more than its share of the cold wave that has hit northern India and on Tuesday that trend continued with the temperature settling at 2.6 degreees Celsius, the season's coldest so far and four degrees colder than normal.


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