1. Why did the farmer bring a baby mongoose into the house?
Answer-The farmer and his wife had a son .One day the famer told his wife that they must have a pet for their son. He reasoned that when his son would grow, he would require a companion and the pet would be the perfect companion to their son. So the farmer one day brought a tiny mongoose and expected that it would grow along with his son and become a friend to his son.
2. Why didn’t the farmer’s wife want to leave the baby alone with the mongoose?
Answer- When the farmer wife has wanted to go to the market after rocking her son to sleep in the cradle, she told her husband to keep an eye on their son sleeping in the cradle. She expressed her morbid dread to keep her son alone with the mongoose. She feared that the mongoose might harm her son.
3. What was the farmer’s comment on his wife’s fears?
Answer- The farmer had a contrary thought to that of his wife .He was not at all concerned about his son’s safety that might be at risk for the mongoose. He said to his wife not to be afraid as a mongoose is a friendly animal and his baby and the mongoose were friends.
4. Why did the farmer’s wife strike the mongoose with her basket?
Answer- When the wife of the farmer returned from the market with her groceries, the mongoose ran to welcome her as was customary? But the farmer’s wife out of shock screamed, “Blood!” The face and the paws of the mongoose were smeared with blood. At that instant she concluded the mongoose to be the devil and thought that the mongoose might have killed her son. She turned blind with rage and with all her strength brought down the heavy basket full of groceries on the blood-smeared mongoose and brought an end to the innocent animal.
5. Did she repent her hasty action? How does she show her repentance?
Answer- Undoubtedly the wife of the farmer made thing in a bit haste. Without checking out the facts about the blood on the face and paws of the mongoose, she killed it out of haste and anger. Later, on finding the real fact she had repented.
When the wife of the famer found the real truth, she ran back to the mongoose and wailed saying, “Oh! You saved my child! You killed the snake! What have I done?” Then she cried touching the mongoose, who lay dead and still, unaware of her sobbing.