Class 10 English Mrs Packletides Tiger Summary and Important Questions

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Summary


The story 'Mrs Packletide's Tiger', written by Saki (H. H. Munro) makes fun of the Victorian-Edwardian fascination with wild-game hunting, as well as the urge of the people of this time to show off and prove themselves to be better than their so called 'friends'. In this case, Mrs Packletide has a deep desire to be one up on her friend Loona Bimberton. Mrs Bimberton had earned a lot of media attention for having travelled in the newly invented mode of transport-'the airplane' piloted by an Algerian aviator.
 
 
 
Mrs Packletide, her greatest rival, is now determined to outdo her feat and decides to shoot a tiger which was the only way in which she could counter all the publicity achieved by Loona Bimberton. Fortunately, she has enough money to accomplish almost anything she wishes, and she offers a reward of a thousand rupees to anyone, or any group, that can assist her in reaching her goal. A nearby village takes up the challenge. They are fortunate to have an old tiger who has taken to preying on their domesticated animals, and are as eager to get rid of him as Mrs Packletide is keen to shoot him.
 
 
 
So the villagers construct a platform in a leafy tree for Mrs Packletide and strategically tether a goat 'with a particularly persistent bleat' underneath it. Armed with a rifle, Mrs Packletide, accompanied by her paid companion Louisa, waits through the night for the tiger to appear. At last the tiger is seen making his way into the clearing. Instead of attacking the terrified goat, however, the tiger lies down. 'I believe it's ill: Louisa says, but the tiger rises again and heads for the goat. Mrs Packletide fires and the tiger falls.
 
 
 
When the smoke clears, however, it is apparent that Mrs Packletide had shot the goat whi le the tiger had died of a heart attack. The villagers will not give away Mrs Packletide's secret, for they are richer by a thousand rupees and Mrs Packletide presumes that she can trust Louisa who in any case is her paid companion and owes her some loyalty.
 
 
 
But Louisa, who has been feeling underpaid and underappreciated for some time, informs Mrs Packletide that she would require a little extra money to ensure that the true story of the tiger hunt is not leaked out, specifically to Loona Bimberton. She adds that the money would help her to buy a small cottage near Dorking.
 
 
 
Hence, people are very surprised when Louisa, a humble paid companion, suddenly becomes a homeowner; but they are even more surprised when Mrs Packletide gives up her newfound hobby, big-game hunting. 'The initial expenses are so heavy: she tells those who ask the reason.
 
 
 
SOLVED QUESTIONS

 
 
Q.1: The compelling motive for her sudden deviation towards the footsteps of Nimrod was the fact that Lonna Bimeton had recently been carried eleven miles in an aeroplane by an Algerian aviator, and talked of nothing else; only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of press photographs could successfully counter that sort of thing.
(a) What was the compelling motive for Mrs. Packletide's sudden deviation?
(b) What did Loona Bimberton talk of so often?
(c) What could counter Loona's feat successfully?
Ans. (a) The compelling motive for Mrs. Packletide's sudden deviation was her jealousy of Loona Bimberton. Loona had a joy ride in an aeroplane with an Algerian pilot.
(b) Loona Bimberton talked of noting else but how she was carried eleven miles in an aeroplane by an Algerian pilot.
(c) Only the skin of a personally shot tiger and many press photographs could counter Loona's feat.
 
 
Q.2: Circumstances proved propitious. Mrs. Packletide had offered a thousand rupees for the opportunity of shooting a tiger without over-much risk or exertion, and it so happened that a neighbouring village could boast of being the favoured rendezvous of an animal of respectable antecedents.
(a) How did circumstances prove propitious?
(b) Why did Mrs. Packletide offer to give a thousand rupees to the villagers?
(c) What could the village boast of?
Ans. (a) Circumstances proved favourable for Mrs. Packletide as her search for a tiger was over and the villagers were ready to help her in her aim.
(b) Mrs. Packletide offered a thousand shooting.
(c) The village boasted of an old tiger that frequented a forest nearby.
 
Q.3: Louisa Mebbin adopted a protective elder-sister attitude towards money in general, irrespective of nationality or denomination.
(a) Who was Louisa Mebbin?
(b) What was her protective elder-sister attitude towards Mrs. Packletide?
(c) Explain : irrespective of nationality or denomination.
Ans. (a) Louisa Mebbin was a paid companion of Mrs. Packletide.
(b) Miss Louisa Mebbin behaved as if she was protecting the monetary interests of Mrs. Packletide like an elderly sister.
(c) It means that Louisa Mebbin saved money of every nationality and every denomination or value.
 
Q.4 Lousia Mebbin's pretty week-end cottage, christened by her "les Fauves" and gay in summer time with its garden borders of tiger-lilies, is the wonder and admiration of her friends.
(a) How did Lousia manage to buy that week-end cottage?
(b) What did Louisa Mebbin name her week-end cottage?
(c) What is the wonder and admiration of her friends ?
Ans. (a) Lousia Mebbin managed to buy that week-end cottage by black-mailing Mrs. Packletide.
(b) Louisa Mebbin named her cottage "les Fauves' which means in French "The wild Animals'.
(c) The gay in summer time with its garden to borders of tiger-lilies is the wonder and admiration of her friends.
 
Q.5: What was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention? What did she decide to do it?
Ans. Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention was the she should shoot a tiger. She came to this decision because she wanted to outdo her arch rival Loona Bimberton. She wanted to do something more exciting and sensational than Loona's feat of having a joy-ride in an aeroplane.
 
Q.6: What was the compelling motive for Mrs. Packletide's sudden deviation towards the footsteps of Nimrod?
Ans. Mrs. Packletide had no lust for killing animals. The compelling motive for her sudden deviation towards the footsteps of Nimrod, was Loona Bimberton. Mrs. Packletide's movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona Bimberton. She wanted to outdo her rival who was carried eleven miles in an aeroplane by an Algerian pilot. She decided to shoot a tiger only to overshadow Loona's feat.
 
Q.7: What had Mrs. Packletide already arranged in her mind for Loona Bimberton ?
Ans. Mrs. Packletide had already arranged in her mind a grand luncheon to be hosted at her house in Loona Bimberton's honour. Actually, her real purpose was to show her and others the skinrug of the tiger she had killed. She had also designed in her mind the tiger-claw brooch which she wanted to gift her on her birthday.
 
Q.8: The author says that this world is swayed mainly by two feelings-hunger and love.How was Mrs. Packletide swayed and why?
Ans. Saki thinks that people are chiefly swayed by two feelings.They are hunger and love. But Mrs. Packletide was swayed neither by hunger nor by love. She was an exception. Her movements and motives were largely controlled by dislike of Loona Bimberton. She wanted to outdo her in every walk of life.
 
Q.9: How did the circumstances prove propitious or favourable for Mrs. Packletide?
Ans. Circumstances really proved favourable of Mrs. Packletide. It happened that a neighbouring village was frequented by an old tiger. The old tiger couldn't hunt big animals. He confined his appetite to smaller domestic animals. Mrs. Packletide grabbed to opportunity. She offered a thousand rupees for arranging a safe and convenient shooting of the tiger. The villagers were willing to arrange a stagemanaged shooting for her.
 
Q.10: How did the prospect of earning a thousand rupees stimulate the sporting and commercial instinct of the villagers? What did they do for Mrs. Packletide?
Ans. The villagers were very happy at the prospect of earning a thousand rupees. The prospect of getting such a big sum stimulated their efforts. They posted boys at the outskirts to head the tiger back if he tried to roam away to fresh hunting grounds. Some goats were left about to keep the tiger the satisfied. Mothers hushed their singing lest it should disturb the restful sleep of the tiger.
 
Q.11: How did Mrs. Packletide and Louisa Mebbin sit and wait for the tiger to come out in the open?
Ans. The great night duly arrived. It was a moonlight and cloudless night. A platform had been constructed in a tree at a convenient distance. Mrs. Packletide and her paid companion, Miss Mebbin crouched on it. Mrs Packeltide sat there waiting for the arrival of the tiger with a rifle in her hands.
 
Q.12: How did Louisa Mebbin adopt a protective elder-sister attitude towards money? Give two examples to prove it?
Ans. Actually, Louisa Mebbin adopted a protective elder-sister attitude towards money . She chided Mrs. Packletide for giving a thousand rupees for the shooting of an old tiger. Secondly, she saved many roubles and francs disappearing in the form of tips to the waiters in hotels.
 
Q.13: "I believe it's ill" said Louisa Mebbin. Why did she say so?
Ans. As soon as the tiger saw the goat that was tied at a distance, it didn't spring up to attack it. He didn't show any haste or intention of pouncing upon the goat. He lay flat on the earth to 'snatch a short rest before commencing the grand attack.' The inaction of the tiger made Louisa Mebbin declare that the tiger was ill.
 
Q.14: How did Mrs. Packletide shoot the tiger? What happened when the rifle flashed out with a loud report?
Ans. Mrs. Packletide was waiting for the tiger to come out in the open. At last, the tiger saw the tethered goat and instead of pouncing on it lay flat on the earth to snatch a short rest. Mrs. Packletide's rifle flashed out with a loud report the tiger rolled over on the ground and died. In a moment a crowd of excited natives appeared on the scene. Their triumph an celebrations pleased Mrs. Packletide.
 
Q.15: Why did the villagers gladly connive at the fiction that Mrs. Packletide had shot the tiger?
Ans. The villagers were offered a thousand rupees if they could arrange for a safe and convenient shooting of a tiger. The tiger was dead but not due to the mortal bullet wound but due to heart failure caused by the sudden report of the rifle. But they gladly connived at the fiction that Mrs. Packletide had shot the tiger dead. They were anxious to get their reward of one thousand rupees.
 
Q.16: How amused everyone would be if they knew what happened" said Louisa Mebbin to Mrs. Packletide. Was it a threat or way of blackmailing Mrs. Packletide?
Ans. Louisa Mebbin knew how to exploit people and situations to her advantage. She threatened that Loona Bimberton would be really amused when she knew the real cause of the tiger's death. She shot the goat and frightened the tiger to death. Mrs. Packletide replied that "no one would believe it." But Miss Mebbin replied "Loona Bimberton would believe it. It was a clever way of blackmailing Mrs. Packletide.
 
Q.17: What kind of woman was Louisa Mebbin? Describe at least three traits of her character.
Ans. Louisa Mebbin was a paid companion of Mrs. Packletide. Who was a great pretender. She adopted an elder-sister attitude in money matters. She was a miser who saved money by not giving enough tips. She was against paying a thousand rupees for the old and ill tiger. She was a great opportunist. She knew how to exploit people and situation to her advantage. She black-mailed Mrs. Packletide into buying her a week-end cottage.
 
Q.18: Describe three main traits of Mrs. Packletide's character.
Ans. Mrs Packletide was a vain lady who considered herself more important than others of their class. All her movements and motives were directed by her dislike of their rival, Loona Bimberton. She wanted to outdo her rival by doing a more exciting feat than flying in an aeroplane. She could go to any length and pay any price to outdo her rival.
 
Q.19: How did Loona Bimberton react to the news of Mrs. Packletide's shooting of the tiger?
Ans. Loona Bimberton didn't show any enthusiasm at the news. She refused to look at newspapers and magazines that contained Mrs. Packletide's photos. Her letter of thanks of the gift of a tiger-claw brooch was just a formality. She declined the luncheon party as she couldn't repress her emotions anymore.
 
Q20: Describe Miss Mebbin's relationship with Mrs. Packletide. Was Louisa Mebbin really devoted to Mrs. Packletide?
Ans. Louisa Mebbin was just a paid companion of Mrs. Packletide. It was just a friendship of convenience. Miss Mebbin didn't want to perform an atom more service than she had been paid for However, Louisa Mebbin pretended to adopt a protective elder-sister attitude towards money. Actually, she was a great opportunist who cared only for her own interest. When time came, she could resort to blackmailing her.
 
Q.21: "The incidental expenses are so heavy." Why did rich woman like Mrs. Packletide worry such "incidental expenses"?
Ans. The cost of shooting the tiger was not so heavy as the cost of pleasing the people associated with the shooting. She had already paid a thousand rupees to the villagers for a safe and convenient shooting. But Loona's blackmailing proved too much. She had to buy a week-end cottage for keeping her quiet. Hence, Mrs. Packletide gave up big-game hunting due to these incidental charges involved in it.
 
Q.22: Is Saki's Mrs. Packletide's Tiger' a satire? Give your view highlighting its main features.
Ans. Saki was considered a master of satire and suggestive humour. In this story Saki critises the hypocritical ways, pretensions, affectations, competitiveness, vain-glory and jealousy of the upper classes. He satirical the follies and weakness of three main characters. Mrs. Packletide, Loona Bimberton and Louisa Mebbin. They are vain, self-centered and always are in the race of outdoing their rivals.
 
Q.23: What prompted Mrs. Packletide to shoot a tiger? Did she succeed in her aim?
Ans. Mrs. Packletide was not a professional hunter. All her movements and motives were controlled and directed by her dislike of Loona Bimberton. Loona has been carried in an aeroplane by an Algerian pilot. Loona was proud of her feat and talked of nothing else for weeks. Mrs. Packletide's competitiveness and jealousy prompted her to do something more exciting and adventurous than Loona's feat So the idea comes in Mrs. Packletide's mind of killing a tiger. By doing so she could outdo her rival. Circumstances also favoured her. The villagers of a nearby village agreed to arrange for a safe and convenient shooting of a tiger. They did everything to keep an old tiger who frequented in the nearby forest in good humour. The constructed a platform from where she could shoot the tiger. The tiger did die but not from her rifle's bullet but of heart failure caused by the sudden noise of the rifle, Now Mrs. Packletide was the proud possessor of the dead tiger.
 
However, Mrs. Packletide couldn't succeed in her aim completely. She had to pay a great price for it. She became a victim of Miss Mebbin's blackmail. She was so much disgusted that she gave up biggame hunting forever.
 
Q.24: What is the role of Louisa Mebbin in the story 'Mrs. Packletide's tiger? How could she own a beautiful week-end cottage near darking?
Ans. Louisa Mebbin is presented in the story as the paid companion of Mrs. Packletide Miss Mebbin is a shrewd manipulator. She knows how to exploit people and situations to her own advantage. She adopts a protective elder-sister attitude in money matters. She wants to show that she is there to protect monetary interests of Mrs. Packletide. She wants to show that she is there to protect monetary interests of Mrs. Packletide. She is very calculated and saved many dollars and francs by not giving tips in hotels. She is also fussy about the price of the old tiger. Mrs. Packletide should pay half the money for such an aged tiger.
Louisa Mebbin is a shrewd manipulator. She feeds on the vanity and foolishness of other. She knows that Mrs. Packletide can go to any length to outdo her rival Loona Bimberton. Miss Mebbin discovered that the tiger died not of a bullet wound but of heart failure caused by the sudden report of the rifle. The bullet had hit the wrong animal-the goat. Miss Mebbin very cleverly suggested that Loona Bimberton would be highly amused if she knew the real cause of the tiger's death. Her threat worked. Mrs. Packletide was blackmailed into buying a week-end cottage for her at Darking.
 
Q.25: How did the villagers help in providing a safe and comfortable shooting of a tiger? Why did they connive at the fiction that Mrs. Packletide had herself killed the tiger?
Ans. Circumstances proved favourable for Mrs. Packletide. An old tiger frequented the forest of a nearby village. The villagers were stimulated an activated by her offer of a thousand rupees. They posted children night and day on the outskirts of the local jungle. They were to ensure that the tiger might not wander away to fresh hunting grounds. Many cheap goats were left about in the forest to satisfy the hunger of the old tiger. They were worried lest the tiger should die of old age before the appointed data
of shooting. Mothers coming home through the jungle hushed their singing lest they should disturb the restful sleep of the tiger. The constructed a special platform from where Mrs. Packletide could safely shoot the tiger The villagers connived at the fiction that Mrs. Packletide had herself killed the tiger. Actually, they were anxiously waiting for their reward of a thousand rupees. Their rejoicing found a ready echo in the heart of Mrs. Packletide.
 
Q.26: Highlight the main traits in the character of Mrs. Packletide comparing her to Loona Bimberton and Louisa Mebbin.
Ans. Mrs. Packletide's life and style represent the lives of ladies of high circles during the British Raj. Ladies Like Mrs. Packletide or Loona Bimberton are rich enough to indulge in wasteful pastimes and sensational adventures. Mrs. Packletide is vain. Competition and rivalry motivate her life. All her actions and movements are directed by her dislike of Loona Bimberton. Recently Loona was carried for eleven hours in an aeroplane by an Algerian pilot. She would talk nothing else for weeks. Mrs. Packletide could not digest the fame and recognition Loona received by her wonderful feat. She could outdo Loona only by doing something more exciting and adventurous. Hence, the idea of killing a tiger came in her mind. She waned to own personally procured tiger skin. She decided to present a tiger-claw brooch on Loona's birthday. Loona was no better than her rival. She declined the luncheon party and refused to look at the papers which published Mrs. Packletide's photographs.
 
Mrs. Packletide was far better than her paid companion, Louisa Mebbin. Mrs. Packletide was generous in spending money. She always paid for the services received. The award of a thousand rupees to the villagers shows her generous nature in money matters. Miss Mebbin could exploit and blackmail others to her advantage. Mrs. Packletide was vain. She paid a high price for her false notion of self importance.
She was blackmailed into buying a week-end cottage for Miss mebbin.
 
Q.27: How does Saki makes fun of the hypocritical and competitive attitude of all the three characters in the story? How does he blend humour with satire in mocking their follies and weaknesses?
Ans. Generally, a writer uses humour to laugh at the follies, weaknesses, affectations and hypocrisy of human beings. Saki is at his best when he blends his suggestive and gentle humour with the punches of his satire. All the three characters, Mrs. Packletide, Louisa Mebbin and Loona Bimberton belong to high circles where affectation and hypocrisy are the main traits in human beings. Saki exposes Mrs. Packletide's character by these words: .... her movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona Bimberton'. He also highlights Mrs. Packletide's competitive and vainglorious attitude in these words.
 
Only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvests of photographs could successfully counter' Loona's feat. Mrs. Packletide wanted to undo her rival by killing a tiger. Loona Bimberton fails to hide her jealousy when she refuses to look at her rival's photographs published in papers and magazines.Out of jealousy, she declines the luncheon party hosted by Mrs. Packletide.
 
Saki makes use of his lively humour with satirical punches when he describes Louisa Mebbin, the paid companion of Mrs. Packletide. The great opportunist and blackmailer had 'adopted an elder-sister attitude towards money. But she blackmailed Mrs. Packletide into buying a week-end cottage at Darking.
 

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