ABOUT THE AUTHOR
· Name – Nathaniel Hawthorne
· Born – 10 February 1870 Maxwell town, Scotland
· Death – 29 March 1932, London, England.
· Known as a famous actor and playwright
· His famous play “The Bishop’s candlesticks was made in to a film “Les miserables”
· His famous work is
1) The Bishops candlesticks.
· Films he acted –
1) King John – 1899
2) Downhill – 1927
3) The outsider – 1931
4) The Frightened Lady – 1932
TEXT BOOK SOLUTIONS
Q. 1. What was the great stone face?
Ans. An embodiment of wonder, the Great stone face was a work of nature. It was naturally constructed on the perpendicular side of mountain by some immense rocks which as if had been precisely put together. And when viewed from a proper distance, they resembled and unfolded the very features of a human visage.
Q.2. What did young earnest wish when he gazed at it?
Ans. Gazing at the great stone face, earnest was elated. He wished if it could speak. Ernest fancies that as the face of the great stone face is very pleasant and amiable, his voice must be equally sweet and pleasant. He added that, if he ever saw a man with such a pleasant face, he would love the man very much.
Q.2. What gave the people of the valley the idea that the prophecy was about to come true for the first time?
Ans. A rumour went throughout the valley that the man of prophesy, the great, nobleman with the exact face of the great stone face would arrive to the valley. His name was Mr. Gather gold. When he was younger, he left the valley and settled at a distant seaport. He was very sharp in business. He earned immense wealth from mere a shopkeeper. His wealth was so huge that it would take him hundred years to count. At his age of superannuation, he decided to return to his native land. People believed him to be the man of prophesy.
Q.4. i) Did Ernest see in Gathergold the likeness of the stone face?
Ans. No, Ernest understood at a glance that Mr. Gathergold did not have affinity with the great stone face. His yellow skin with wrinkled shrewdness did not approve the features of the Great stone face.
ii) Who did he confide in and how was he proved right?
Ans. He confided in the great stone face, the one he believed solely. When Ernest first glimpsed the Mr. Gathergold he found an unpleasant face with shrewdness and presumed that the belief of the people of the valley was wrong. When he looked at great stone face, as if the great stone face said him “He will come! Fear not Ernest; the man will come!” Ernest was apt in his thought. In the course of time Mr. Gathergold died and was buried. He lost his gold i.e. wealth before his death. As his body and spirit of his existence had been his wealth, when he lost his wealth, every one believed that Mr. Gathergold did not bear any resemblance with the great stone face and was not the man of prophecy.
5. Q. (1) What made the people believe general blood-and-Thunder was their man?
Ans. The inhabitants of the valley of prophesy believed Blood –and- Thunder to be the man of prophesy. They said he was from this valley and at a young age he left the valley and became a soldier. He fought a lot of battles, earned fame and was named as ‘Blood – and’ – Thunder.” Lately, he expressed his desire to return to his motherland. People of the valley believed that at last the man of prophesy has finally arrived. When they saw him they found the likeness of the great stone face in him. They believed that apart from the similarity in look, he was the greatest man of all times which was even prophesied.
ii) Ernest compared the man’s face with the stone face. What did he conclude?
Ans. Ernest could not agree with other people of the valley. He did not find any resemblance with the Great Stone Face. When, he saw Blood – and – Thunder he felt as the Great Stone Face whispering to him. “Fear not. Ernest he will come.”
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