- QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS OF THE EYES HAVE IT
1]………Then I made a mistake’
What mistake is referred to here? Was it really a mistake? How did the speaker get rid of his mistake? What did the speaker do then?
In the beautiful story of the Ruskin bond, the memories of beautiful Missouri made the girl nostalgic and reflective. So the girl remained silent for a while. But the silence of the girl created a doubt in the curious mind of the author that his words about Mussorrie had impressed the girl or she was thinking him a romantic fool. So, to change the topic or to make the girl easy, he abruptly asked the girl what it was like outside. This question was really a mistake from the narrator’s side.
Yes, it is really a great mistake. The narrator was hiding his blindness from the girl, so he was behaving like a man with normal eyesight. A man having normal eyesight never asks such a type of question. Hence it is really a great mistake from the narrator’s side.
The girl was completely blind. So she did not recognize the blindness of the narrator. She was equally hiding her blindness just as the narrator. So she carefully asked the narrator to outside himself. Just then the narrator realized that the girl did not identify his blindness and got rid of his doubt.
The girl did not find any unusual in the narrator”s question, rather she asked the narrator why he did not cheek it himself by looking outside the window. This unexpected question of the co-passenger girl removed the doubts of the narrator.
The narrator moved easily along the berth and felt for the window ledge. Then he pretended of studying the landscape which was dark to him and resumed conversation with the girl.
2)What did the narrator guess about the girl’s hair?
The Eyes have it written by Ruskin Bond is relevant to the affairs of boys and girls in society. The story deals with the theme of blindness in love and the theme of vision in blindness that triumphs over physical disability with imaginative power.
In the story, the narrator was completely blind, so he guessed the hair of the girl. Hearing the sweet voice of the girl, the narrator portrayed the girls’ picture in his mind. But when the girl was departing, the narrator was tempted by the tantalizing perfume of the girls’ hair and became curious to know the girl’s hairstyle. He had no other option except to imagine the hairstyle. So he imagined that either the girl had worn her hair un bun or it was plaited. He also asked himself whether her hair was hanging over her shoulder or it was cut very short. He extended his hand to catch her hair to be sure about his imagination, but the girl had moved away before touching the hair.
3)”…… the man entered the compartment, broke into my reverie” where does the line occur? Whose reverie is mentioned here? What was the reverie about? How did the reverie come to an end?
The line occurs in Ruskin Bond’s romantic short story ‘The Eyes have it.
The reverie of the narrator of that story is mentioned here.
A reverie means a daydream. In the present context, the reverie of the narrator was about his brief encounter with the co-passenger girl in his compartment who got down at Saharanpur. The narrator was daydreaming about the girl with whom he had enjoyed some sweet and beautiful moments. The narrator was fascinated with the presence of the girl and felt that the brief encounter would stay with him for eternity. It is clear from his expression ‘I was prepared to sit there for almost any length of time ‘.
The reverie came to an end when a new passenger boarded the compartment and apologized for not being so attractive a traveling companion as the girl who had just left.
4.”You are a very gallant young man
-Who says this and to whom? Why does the speaker call him/her ‘gallant'”?
In Ruskin Bond’s arresting short story The Eyes Have It the blind girl copassenger says this to her only male companion, the narrator.
The blind narrator draws the attention of an unidentified girl while riding a serendipitous train. Following some small talk, he boldly stated that she had an attractive face. The girl graciously received this complement, and she gave him a clear, resounding chuckle in reply. He became more audacious as a result of this initial success of flattery. Naturally, he went even further by adding that a pretty face might as well be meant by an interesting face . The girl responded by describing him as a brave and polite man who dared to speak his mind regardless of the repercussions.