NCERT Class 12 English Chapter 18 On The  Face of It

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NCERT Class 12 English Chapter 18 On The  Face of It

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Chapter: 18




Q. 1. What qualities of Mr. Lamb attracted Derry to him?


Do you think all this will change Derry’s attitude towards Mr. Lamb?


How does Mr. Lamb’s brief association with Derry affect the latter?


How did Mr. Lamb’s meeting with Derry become a turning point on Derry’s Life?

Ans. Derry has developed a negative attitude towards life. He has got inferiority complex in his mind. He thinks people despise and hate him on account of his ugly face. So he wants seclusion. Even his parents are worried about Derry. He has got dejected and disappointed from life. In the beginning he thinks that Mr. Lamb is like other people of the world. But to his utter perplexion, he finds him a different man on the earth. By coming in contact with Mr. Lamb, there comes a sea-change in the view point of Derry. He infuses in him zeal and the way to understand the world. He helps in creating self-confidence to overcome his physical ugliness. He motivates him to think positively on life, people and things. In the end Derry promises to return though his mother compels him not to go there. Derry is deeply shocked on seeing Mr. Lamb killed. He weeps bitterly and says ‘I have come’. He realises him only friend from the world. Thus, Mr. Lamb removes all his negativity from the mind of Derry.

Q. 2. Who is Mr. Lamb? How does Derry get into his garden?

Ans. Mr. Lamb is an old man. He lives in a big house with and has a big garden of his own. His doors are always open and every one is welcomed there. He spends most of his time in reading books or sitting in his garden. While serving in the army his own leg was blown off in a bomb explosion. Now he has a tin leg. Mr. Lamb has reconciled himself with his physical impairment. Children call him ‘Lamey Lamb’ but he is not at all disturbed. His attitude towards life is positive.

Derry is a boy of fourteen year. He has an ugly face and it has been burnt by acid. People hate him. Derry gets into his garden not to steal or pick up apples. He enters in it there because he likes the place and thinks it to be empty. He enters the garden by climbing over the garden wall though the gate is always open.


Answer the following questions:

Q. 1. What is that draws Derry towards Mr. Lamb inspite of himself?


What is the bond that unites the two-old man Mr. Lamb and Derry the small boy?


What is the bond that unites the two-the old Mr. Lamb and Derry, the small boy? How does the old man inspire the small boy?

Ans. Derry is a small boy. He meets Mr. Lamb, an old man in the latter’s garden. Derry has a disfigured face due to a burn injury. He feels very withdrawn and defiant. He steals himself away from the world. He cannot bear others staring eyes. He is of the view that people get scared of his handicap. Similarly, Mr. Lamb, too, is a handicapped person. He has lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion during war years ago. Now, he lives alone in his world. People do not take interest in him. He has kept his gates open for any one to walk in. He needs human company too. Though Derry is defiant in the beginning, later he talks to man. He gets positive energy and feels drawn towards him. He goes away promising to come back. He does not even listen to his mother’s warnings. But it was just unfortunate, when he returns Mr. Lamb falls to his death from a ladder.

May be Mr. Lamb loses his life, he finally succeeds in making Derry see the good side of the people and the world around.

Q. 2. The actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of alienation felt by the person with disabilities. What is the kind of behaviour that the person expects from others?

Ans. It is an accepted fact that the actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of alienation felt by the affected person. We can see so many cases of physical deformities in our day to day life. They are happy in their own way. But when the people react sharply over their impairment, the result is troublesome to bear. Take the case of a blind man when he hears from someone “What a terrible thing on earth”! Such filthy remarks heart the life of the disabled man. He feels deep at heart and crushes the cruelty of the people over such remarks. He feels himself dejected, disappointed, distorted and alienated from the mainstream of life. He feels lonely withdrawn with a sense of inferiority complex. Negative feelings towards life creep in. He feels that none will love him.

Same is the case with Derry who has developed a sense of alienation due to his ugly face. He needs love, sympathy, politeness and soothing words from others. A physically impaired man expects only a normal behaviour from others. They need a little encouragement and can show better results than the general human beings. They need an opportunity to explore and prove their potential instead of discarding them as a useless limb. The encouraging and positive words of Mr. Lamb infuse life in Derry. He becomes ready to face the life.

Q. 3. Will Derry get back to his old seclusion or will Mr. Lamb’s brief association affect a change in the kind of life he will lead in the future?

Ans. Derry will never get back to his old seclusion because the brief association with Mr. Lamb has left an intelligible imprint on his mind and blood. His ideology about life, people and things have undergone a deep change since Mr. Lamb has developed and inculcated in him the will to live and face the harsh realities of life. He has learnt how to get rid of negative attitudes towards life. He realizes that Mr. Lamb is quite friendly with all inspite of one tin leg. He has got friends everywhere though kids call him “Lamey Lamb”. In addition to this, he always keeps the door of his garden open. There comes people and children to chat and take fruits. He sits in the sun and reads the books. He has grown weeds and considers plants and weeds as growing species. He prepares toffee for children. Thus Derry realises positive and productive attitude of Mr. Lamb towards life.

Further Mr. Lamb awards Derry of having every part of the body intact. He can do better than others. Thus Mr. Lamb infuses in Derry a new spirit, zest and lease of life. Derry feels that the burnt face is no more a hindrance in his self-esteem. All these facts specify that Derry will never get back to his old seclusion rather a new surge of life will float in him to face the challenges of life.

Q. 4. In which section of the play does Mr. Lamb display signs of loneliness and disappointment? What are the ways in which Mr. Lamb tries to overcome these feelings?

Ans. Mr. Lamb is a considerate man who has a positive view towards life, people and things. In Spite of his one leg, we cannot see any sign of seclusion, loneliness, disappointment and dejection in life. Kids call him ‘Lamey-Lamb’ but he does not mind. According to him world exists every where.

To overcome his loneliness and disappointment, he sits in the sun and reads books. His garden, gate and heart is open for the people. Whosoever comes in, he is always welcome. He has friends everywhere. People and children come to him for apples and pears. Everybody knows him and his gate is always open. They come and sit there. He tells that he prepares toffee with honey for the children. There is nothing that does not interest him. He thinks that life meane growing. He enjoys people and the buzzing of the bees in his garden. He rather feels amused at everything. Hence, the signs of loneliness and disappointment are quite untouched from him.

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