NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter
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Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter Exercise 106
Maxwell thought that he would keep an otter instead of a dog as a pet. Camusfearna, ringed by water a very short distance from its door, would be an eminently suitable spot for the experiment.
He went to Basra, to the Consultate-General, to collect and answer his mail from Europe. There, he found that his friend's mail had arrived, but his had not. He sent a message to England. When nothing happened even after three days, he tried placing a call to England. On the first day, the line was out of order; on the second day, the exchange was closed for a religious holiday. On the third day, there was another breakdown. He arranged to meet his friend, who had left, in a week's time. His mail finally arrived five days later.
When he received his mail, he carried it to his bedroom to read. There, he saw two Arabs and beside them was a sack that twisted about from time to time. They handed him a note from his friend saying that he had sent him an otter.
Yes, he liked it. We know this because he uses the terms a thraldom to otters and 'otter fixation' to refer to his feeling towards the otter. He felt that this otter fixation or this strong attachment towards otters was something that was shared by most other people who had ever owned one.
The otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or Maxwell's otter.
In the beginning, the otter was aloof and indifferent.
When Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom, it went wild with joy in the water for half an hour. It was plunging and rolling in it, shooting up and down the length of the bathtub underwater, and making enough slosh and splash for a hippo.
Two days after that, it escaped from his bedroom to the bathroom. By the time he got there, Mijbil was up on the end of the bathtub and fumbling at the chromium taps with its paws. In less than a minute, it had turned the tap far enough to produce some water and after a moment, achieved the full flow.
Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter Exercise 108
Maxwell booked a flight to Paris and from there he would go on to London. The airline insisted that Mij should be packed in a box (not more than eighteen inches square) that was to be placed on the floor, near his feet.
Maxwell had put Mij in the box and left for a meal. When he came back, he saw a horrific spectacle. There was complete silence from the box. However, from its airholes and chinks around the lid, blood had trickled and dried. Maxwell took off the lock and tore open the lid. Mij, exhausted and covered with blood, whimpered and caught his leg. It had torn the lining of the box to shreds. He removed the last of it so that there were no cutting edges left.
Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter Exercise 109
By the time Maxwell had removed the last of the lining of the box so that there were no cutting edges left, it was just ten minutes for the flight to take off. He had to rush to the airport, which was five miles away, and that is why he put the miserable otter back into the box. Like the otter, Maxwell must also have felt miserable for putting it back in the box, particularly so, after seeing that the otter had hurt himself and totally disliked being in the box.
Maxwell said that the airhostess was "the very queen of her kind" because she was extremely friendly and helpful. He took her into his confidence about the events of the last half hour. She suggested that he might prefer to have his pet on his knee. Hearing this, he developed a profound admiration for her, for she understood the pain of both the otter and its owner.
When the box was opened, Mij leapt out of it immediately. It disappeared very quickly down the aircraft. Several passengers shrieked. A woman stood up on her seat screaming that there was a rat. He saw Mij's tail disappearing beneath the legs of an Indian passenger. He dived for it, missed and found his face covered with curry. The airhostess with a charming smile suggested that he be seated and that she would find the otter and bring it to him. After a while, he heard a distressed chitter of recognition and Mij returned to him. It climbed on his knee and began to rub its nose on his face and neck.
Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter Exercise 110
Mij invented a game with a ping-pong ball, which kept him engrossed for up to half
an hour at a time. Maxwell had a suitcase that had become damaged, such that the lid, when closed, remained at a slope from one end to the other. Mij discovered that if the ball was placed on the high end, it would run down the length of the suitcase. He would dash around to the other end waiting anxiously for its arrival, hide from it, crouching to surprise the ball. Then, he would grab it and trot off with it to the high end once more.
Compulsive habits are habits that are impossible to control. According to Maxwell, children on their way to and from school must place their feet squarely on the centre of each paving block; they must touch every seventh upright of the iron railings, or pass to the outside of every second lamp post. These are some of the compulsive habits of school children.
Opposite to Maxwell's flat, there was a single-storied primary school. Along its frontage ran a low wall some two feet high. On its way home, Mij would tug Maxwell to this wall, jump onto it, and gallop the full length of its thirty yards, distracting both the pupils and the staff. Such was the compulsive habit of Mij.
Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines, shared by the badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others.
According to Maxwell, the average Londoner does not recognize an otter. The Londoners who saw Mij made different guesses about who Mij was. They guessed, among other things, that he was a baby seal, a squirrel, a walrus, a hippo, a beaver, a bear cub, a leopard and a brontosaur.
Mij was an intelligent animal. Within two days of being in the Consulate bedroom, he escaped to the bathroom, climbed on to the bath tub and fumbled with the chromium taps. Within minutes he had turned on the tap to allow water to flow out.
Though he was aloof and indifferent in the beginning he soon became very friendly. Mij formed a special attachment to Maxwell followed him without a lead and responded when Maxwell called out his name. He could dribble a ball and throw it with a powerful flick of the neck to a surprising height and distance. He would lie on his back and juggle with small objects in his paws. He grew desperate when Maxwell left him in a box and got hurt while trying to come out of it. After Maxwell took him out, he clung to his feet.
After his escape on the flight he returned to Maxwell jumped onto his knee and began to nuzzle his face and neck.
Mij was a fun-loving animal. He enjoyed playing all kinds of games. He would play with a selection of toys, ping-pong balls, marbles, rubber fruit, and a terrapin shell. He even invented a game of his own with the ping pong balls. Mij required love and affection from Maxwell and he got that readily.
Otters belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines, shared by the badger, mongoose, weasel, stoat, mink and others. Maxwell's otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or Maxwell's otter. They are found in large numbers in marshes. They are often tamed by the Arabs. It is characteristic of otters that every drop of water must be extended and spread about the place; a bowl must at once be overturned, or, if it could not be overturned, then be sat in and splashed in until it overflowed. For them, water must be kept on the move. Otters love playing various games, especially with a ball. Their real play is to lie on their backs and juggle small objects between their paws.
Maxwell's otter was of a race previously unknown to science and was at length named by zoologists Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli or ‘Maxwell's otter’.
Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter Exercise 111
What Mij does
How Mij feels or thinks
Plunges, rolls in the water and makes the water splosh and splash
went wild with joy. Thinks that every drop of water must be extended and spread about the place.
Screws the tap in the wrong way
Irritated and disappointed with the taps failure to cooperate.
Nuzzles Maxwell’s face and neck in the aeroplane
distressed chitter of recognition and welcome
(i)He spent most of his time in play. Spent hours shuffling a ball like a four footed soccer player, could also throw it with a powerful flick of the neck.(iii)I watched, amazed; in less than a minute he had turned the tap far enough to produce a trickle of water, and after a moment or two achieved the full flow.
iv) Marbles were Mijs favourite toys for his pastime: he would lie on his back rolling two or more of them up and down his wide flat belly without ever dropping one on the floor.
(v)A suitcase that I had taken to Iraq had become damaged on the journey home, so that the lid, when closed, remained at a slope from one end to the other. Mij discovered that if he placed the ball on the high end it would run down the length of the suitcase. He would dash around to the other end to ambush its arrival, hide from it, crouching, to spring up and take it by surprise, grab it and trot off with it to the high end once more.
(vii)It is not, I suppose, in any way strange that the average Londoner should not recognize an otter, but the variety of guesses as to what kind of animal this might be came as a surprise to me. Mij was anything but an otter.
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(iii) Proper noun
(iv) Proper noun
(v) Adjective plus noun
(vi) Adjective plus noun
1. Emperor Akbar used to be fond of musical evenings.
2. Every evening we used to take long walks on the beach.
3. Fifty years ago, very few people used to own cars.
4. Till the 1980s, Shanghai used to have very dirty streets.
5. My uncle would spend his holidays by the sea.
6. My uncle used to take long walks on the beach.
7. My uncle used to be fond of musical evenings
8. Emperor Akbar would talk to his advisor every morning.
Chapter 8 - Mijbil - The Otter Exercise 113
Temple - white temple, stone temple, first temple Person - incorrigible person, ridiculous person Gifts - hundred gifts, ordinary gifts, birthday gifts Time - college time, rough time, first time Crossing - railroad crossing, first crossing Physique - plump physique, ordinary physique
Three girls - first three girls, incorrigible three girls
Thoughts - incorrigible thoughts, uncomfortable thoughts, ridiculous thoughts, heartbreaking thoughts, first thoughts, ordinary thoughts
Scream - tremendous scream, loud scream Subject - college subject, ordinary subject Flight - rough flight, first flight
Coffee - invigorating coffee, ordinary coffee
Triangle - love triangle
Boys - college boys, incorrigible boys, rough boys, hundred boys
Farewell - college farewell, heartbreaking farewell
Landscape - bare landscape, rough landscape, white landscape
Chatterbox - incorrigible chatterbox
View - tremendous view, panoramic view, ordinary view
Dresses - hundred dresses, ordinary dresses, birthday dresses, marriage dresses
Roar - tremendous roar, loud roar
Expression - bare expression, slang expression, slack expression Handkerchief - white handkerchief, ordinary handkerchief Profession - family profession, first profession, ordinary profession
Celebration - tremendous celebration, family celebration, birthday celebration
(i) a portion of - fried fish
(ii) a pool of - blood
(iii) flakes of - snow
(iv) a huge heap of - stones
(v) a gust of - wind
(vi) little drops of - water
(vii) a piece of - cotton
(viii) a pot of - gold
(i) My teacher gave me some advice. My teacher gave me a bit of advice.
(ii) Can you give me some clay, please. Can you give me a lump of clay, please.
(iii) The information you gave was very The piece of information you gave was very useful
(iv) Because of these factories, smoke Because of these factories, a cloud of smoke hangs over the city.
smoke hangs over the city.
(v) Two stones rubbed together can
produce sparks of fire. Two pieces of stones rubbed together can produce sparks of fire.
(vi) He gave me some flowers on my birthday. He gave me a bunch of flowers on my birthday.
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