Class 9 English Moments Chapter 5 The Happy Prince

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Class 9 English Moments Chapter 5 The Happy Prince

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The Happy Prince

Chapter – 5



Q.1. Why do the courtiers call the prince ‘the Happy Prince? Is he really happy? What does he see all around him?

Ans. When the Happy Prince was alive and had a human heart he did not know what tears were. He used to live in a palace where sorrow was not allowed to enter. Indeed he lived happily. For such happy life led by the prince, his courtiers called him the Happy Prince.

No, he was not happy. So long he was living he was happy. But after his death when his statue was installed on a column high above the city the prince turned sad. All around him, he saw in the city only the suffering and misery of the people. He saw the rich enjoying happy life living in beautiful houses and the poor suffering from poverty and hunger. According to him the worst mystery in the world was misery.

Q.2. Why does the Happy Prince send a ruby for the seamstress? What does the Swallow do in the seamstress’ house?

Ans. The seamstress is an widow who lives in a poor house in the city. Her face is thin and wornout and her hands are coarse and red, all pricked by needles. She is embroidering flowers on a satin gown for the lovliest of the Queen’s maids of honour. Her little boy is lying ill in a bed in the corner of the room. He has a fever and asking his mother to give him oranges. But the poor mother had nothing but the river water to give him. So the boy was crying. The Happy Prince was moved by the misery of the mother and the son and sends the ruby for the seamstress.

The Swallow hopped in the room of the seamstress. He laid the great ruby on the table beside the woman’s thimble. Then he flew gently round the bed. He fanned the boy’s forehead with his wings. The boy uttered that he felt very cool and hoped that he would be getting better. Then the Swallow flew back to the Happy Prince.

Q.3. For whom does the prince send the sapphires and why?

Ans. The Happy Prince sends the sapphires to the playwright and the matchgirl. The playwright was a young man who was seen in a garret. He was seen leaving over a desk covered with papers. In a glass by his side was seen a bunch of withered violets. His hair was brown and crisp, lips were red and he had large dreamy eyes. He was trying to finish a play for the Director of the theatre. But he was too cold to any more. There was no fire in the grate and hunger had made him faint. The Happy Prince sent a sapphire for him so as to help him.

The second sapphire was sent to the matchgirl who had dropped the matches in a gutter and all of them were spoiled. If she did not bring some money her father would beat her. She had neither shoes nor stockings, and her head was bare. So the Happy Prince sent her the second sapphire with a view to helping her.

Q.4. What does the Swallow see when it flies over the city?

Ans. The Happy Prince had given away his eyes and could no more see the happenings in the city. So he asked the Swallow to over the city and tels him what he would see. So the Swallow flew over the city. He saw the rich making merry is their beautiful houses while the baggars were sitting at the gates. He flew into dark lanes and saw the white faces of starving children.

The children were seen looking listlessly at the black streets. The Swallow saw two little boys lying in each other’s arms to try to keep themselves warm. The boys were seen under the archway of a bridge. The boys said that they had been hungry. The Swallow also saw how the watchman drove away the little boys into the rain.

Q.5. Why did the Swallow not leave the prince and go to egypt?

Ans. The friends of the Swallow had left for Egypt, because winter and snow were approaching. Only the Swallow remained behind flying over the city. At night he came to the statue of the Happy Prince and rested under his feet. Which living with the Happy Prince he learnt his real nature-how sacrificing he was! He himself distributed the jewels of the prince. The prince had given through him the ruby, the sapphires and the gold plates on his body to various persons. The Swallow was moved by the tears shed by the Happy Prince. He wept for the misery of the poor and the helpless people. The nature and behaviour of the Prince moved the Swallow so much so that he decided not to go to Egypt leaving the prince. In fact he died at the feet of the statue of the prince.

Q.6. What are the precious things mentioned in the story? Why are they precious?

Ans. The precious things mentioned in the story are the leaden heart of the Happy Prince and the dead body of the Swallow.

They are precious things because during their stay on earth they spent days serving the cause of the poor. Even as a statue the Happy Prince shed tears seeing the misery of the suffering humanity. He gave the ruby, the sapphires and the gold plates covering his body to the poor and the needy. He wept seeing the misery of the poor. The Swallow acted to carry out the wishes and commands of the Prince while his friends had gone to Egypt the Swallow decided to stay in the cold country serving the needy. He was moved by the princes love for his fellowmen. It was because of their generosity and love for mankind that God granted them permanent seat in heaven.

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