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Class 7 NCERT Solutions English Chapter 6 - I Want Something In A Cage

I Want Something In A Cage Exercise 38

Solution 1





Solution 2

Mr Purcell is compared to an owl because the large glasses that he wore magnified his eyes so as to give him the appearance of a wise and genial owl.

Solution 3

(i)Cheeps, whispered twitters

(ii)Rustling, squeals, cheeps, squeaks

(iii) Bewildered, frantic, frightened, blindly seeking



I Want Something In A Cage Exercise 39

Solution 4

(i)It refers to the chirping, squeaking and mewing of the animals and birds in the shop that vibrated all around Mr Purcell.

(ii)He could not hear it clearly because it was his pet shop and he heard the same noises through the day so he had gone used to or accustomed to the noises of the birds and animals in the shop. 


I Want Something In A Cage Exercise 42

Solution 1

The atmosphere of Mr Purcell's shop was depressing because although the animals and birds were making a lot of noise they may not have been happy as Mr Purcell himself seems to be a professional person who ran the shop more as a business and not because he loved animals or birds. Besides almost all the animals and birds  were in cages and the various words used to describe them like moving around in frantic circles, frightened, bewildered, blindly seeking all give us the impression that they were definitely not very happy to be caged in.

Solution 2

The stranger who came to the pet shop wore shiny shoes which squeaked forward. His suit was cheap, ill-fitting but obviously new. He had a shuttling glance and close-cropped hair. He wanted something that was small and in a cage.

Solution 3a

No, I do not agree that the man insisted on buying the doves because he was fond of birds. Had he been fond of birds the moment he entered the shop he would have asked for birds and not for anything in a cage and then later for anything small and that flies. All he said was that a bird would be alright giving the impression that it would suit his purpose.

Solution 3b

He had earned the five dollars after doing ten years of hard labour. He said he had been given five dollars and a cheap suit and told not to get caught again meaning that he had just been freed from prison after being there for ten years.

Solution 4

No, the customer was not interested in the care and feeding of the doves he had bought because he wanted to set them free.