Class 10 Footprints Without Feet Chapter 8 The Hack Driver

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Class 10 Footprints Without Feet Chapter 8 The Hack Driver

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The Hack Driver

Chapter – 8




Read and find out –

1. Why is the lawyer sent to a new mullion? What does he first think about the place?

Ans: The lawyer is sent to New Mullion to serve summons on Oliver Lutkins, who is needed as a witness in a law case. He first thinks that the place must be a sweet and simple country village.

2. Who befriends him? Where does he take him?

Ans: A delivery man (Bill) befriends him. They went to Fritz’s shop,  Gustaff barber, Wade’s Hill and finally, he takes him to Lutkins’ mother.

3. What does he say about Lutkins?

Ans: He says that Lutkins owes money to many he never pays anyone money as it was hard for him to part with his money. He even mentions that Lutkins was not really a bad person.

4. What more does Bill say about Lutkins and his family?

Ans: Bill says that Lutkin’s mother is a real terror. They have a farm three miles north.

5. Does the narrator serve the summons that day?

Ans: No, the narrator does not serve the summons that day. He has to come back.

6. Who is Lutkins?

Ans: The hack driver was himself Lutkins. He introduced himself as Bill. The hack driver made a complete fool of the narrator by taking him to all the places where he could find Lutkins.

Think about it-

1. When the lawyer reached new mullion, did ‘bill’ know that he was looking for Lutkins? When do you think Bill came up with his plan for fooling the lawyer?

Ans: When the lawyer reached the station he quickly inquired about Lutkins being a notorious man. The hack driver introduced himself as Bill Magnuson. 

He took advantage of the situation as the author, Who had never met Lutkins before, could not identify him.

2. Lutkins openly takes the lawyer all over the village. How is it that no one lets out the secret? (Hint: notice that the hack driver asks the lawyer to keep out of sight behind him when they go into fritz’s.) Can you find other such subtle ways in which Lutkins manipulates the tour?

Ans: Lutkins is very clever and acts with apt cleverness. 

Probably he prevented the lawyer from directly talking with the people at these places. In this manner he would take them into his confidence. 

3. Why do you think Lutkin’s neighbours were anxious to meet the lawyer?

Ans: Lutkin’s neighbours were anxious to meet the lawyer because he was fooled by Lutkin’s. Everybody else in the village had witnessed the lawyer being deceived by Lutkins.

4. After his first day’s experience with the hack driver the lawyer thinks of returning to new mullion to practise law. Do you think he would have reconsidered this idea after his second visit?

Ans: No, he did not reconsider it because he changed his mind on his second visit. On the first day he thought that the villagers were simple – minded and honest. After becoming the laughing stock of the town it is obvious that the lawyer would never think about carrying out his initial idea of working there.

5. Do you think the lawyer was gullible? How could he have avoided being taken away for a ride?

Ans: Yes, the lawyer was gullible. He lacked experience and so he was fooled for the ride.He could avoid being taken if he had noticed what the hack driver was doing. 

Talk about it-

1. Do you come across persons like Lutkins only in fiction or do we encounter them in real life as well? You can give examples from fiction, or narrate an incident that you have read in the newspaper, or an incident from real life.

Ans: In real life also we come across people like Lutkins. Many people got fooled by someone’s simplicity, kindness or by sugar coated behaviour. By observing their way of talking and behaviour they can be caught at first or second attempt.   

For example, A fiction story about fraudsters, a man sells a person a brand new bike for rs. 2 lakh its market price was 7 lakh. He was very happy that he got the bike with a lower price and he did not question the person. He took the bike with papers and gave him the rupees. After some days he knew that the bike was not his own bike. It was someone else’s bike. He stole the bike along with its papers. The owner of the bike took the bike from him. And he got fooled by him.   

2. Who is a ‘con man’, or’ a confidence trickster?

Ans: A ‘con man’ is a trickster. He is an expert in deceiving people and winning their confidence.

Additional Questions & Answers

1. Describe the first meeting between Bill and the young lawyer?

Ans:- The first meeting between the bill and the young lawyer took place in the railway station of the new mullion. He noticed a delivery man about forty, red- faced, cheerful hack driver at the railway station who appeared to be friendly. He quickly inquired about Lutkins and learnt from the driver that Lutkins was a notorious man who had borrowed funds from many people. The hack driver introduced himself as Bill Magnuson.

He took advantage of the situation as the author, who had never met Lutkins before, could not identify him.He offered him all his help to find Lutkins. He took him all over the village but in vain. He entertained the author with his lucid description of the village folk, charging him two dollars per hour and half a dollar for food. The author was impressed by the warm affection, kind and helpful nature of Bill and the hospitality and cooperation of the villagers. He thought of leaving his present job and starting his legal practice at New Mullion.

2. Who was bill? How did he befool the lawyer?

Ans:- Bill Magnuson, was Oliver Lutkins himself. However, he pretended to be a hack driver in the city of New Mullion. He said that his business was called “William Magnuson Fancy carting and hacking. He was a middle aged, red faced, cheerful, kind hearted person.

As Bill was Oliver Lutkins himself, he befooled the lawyer by his identity, he introduced himself as Bill, the hack driver. The lawyer first met with him in the railway station he found Bill a friendly behaviour person the lawyer impressed by his nature and upon up his purpose of visit.  The hack driver, Bill, took the lawyer to all the possible places where Lutkins might be hanging out. They visited different places like Fritz’s shop, Gustaff’s barber shop. Gray’s barber shops the pool room and finally the farmyard that belongs to Lutkin’s mother. But they didn’t find him.Bill acted in  such a great way that the lawyer didn’t find any reason to suspect him. Thus, he was befooled by Bill and came back happily from New Mullion with a feeling that he spent a day with a very good friend.

3. Why was the young man’s lawyer sent to New Mullion? What does he first think about the place?

Ans:- The lawyer is sent to New Mullion to serve summons on Oliver Lutkins, who is needed as a witness in a law case. 

He first thought that it would be a sweet and simple Country village but it wasn’t so. The streets were rivers of mud, there were rows of wooden shops painted either a sour brown or bare of paint.

4. Why did the lawyer hate his work in the law firm? What made him happy one day?

Ans:- The lawyer felt that his work was monotonous, repetitive, and devoid of any challenge. He was made to deliver summons,instead of preparing legal briefs. For that, he had to go to dirty and shadowy corners of the city. He also feared being beaten up by the witnesses.

The lawyer asked to go to a small village, New Mullion to serve a summons to Lutkins. He was happy to go as he had expected the countryside town to be green and refreshing, away from the crowded noisy place and dry atmosphere of the city.

5. Why was the young lawyer sent to New Mullion again and what happened thereafter?

Ans:- The young lawyer, the narrator of the story, failed to serve the summon to Lutkins. So, he came back to his office the next day. The people of his office could not take his failure easily and so they were upset. So, he was ordered to go to New Mullion again. But this time a man was sent with him so as to recognize Lutkins a few years ago. They went to New Mullion and reached the station. There, the narrator saw Bill and expressed his previous experience with Bill before his companion. The narrator told his companion that Bill, the hack driver, helped him very much to find Oliver Lutkins during his first visit to that place. The narrator was surprised when the man said that Bill himself was Oliver Lutkins and his mother laughed at him. At last, Oliver Lutkins offered a cup of coffee to the narrator and his companion.

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