Class 8 NCERT Solutions English Chapter 1 - How The Camel Got His Hump
How The Camel Got His Hump Exercise 3
The task that was assigned to the dog was to fetch and carry things for man. The ox had a yoke on his neck and he had to do the ploughing for man. Both the dog and the ox were trying to make the lazy camel work for man in the desert like the rest of the animals.
The camel lived in the middle of the desert because it was lazy and did not want to work. All he did was eat sticks, thorns and prickles and when anybody spoke to him he said “Humph”.
At the end of the day the man called the dog, horse and ox and told them that he was sorry that they had to work so hard but since the “Humph-thing in the Desert”-the camel could not work he was going to leave him alone and the three of them would now have to work double to make up for it. Hearing this the dog, horse and the ox were very angry.
The horse told the Djinn that there was a thing in the middle of his desert with a long neck and long legs, that hadn’t done a stroke of work since Monday morning and it wouldn’t even trot. From this description given by the horse the Djinn knew that the horse was complaining about the camel.
How The Camel Got His Hump Exercise 5
The camel looking at his own reflection in the pool, suggests that it was a proud animal and since he did no work and was lazy kept admiring the reflection of his back that he was so proud of in the pool.
The camel kept saying “Humph” repeatedly inspite of the Djinn warning him. However no sooner had he said it than the back that he was so proud of started puffing up and puffing up and turned into a great big hump. The Djinn explained to him that the huge hump was his very own ‘humph’ that he had brought upon himself by not working.
According to the Djinn, since the camel had missed those three days of work, he would now be able to work for three days without eating because he could live on his humph.
According to the writer the camel was and still is a lazy animal. After getting the humph and being told by the Djinn to move out of the desert and help the three with work he was not able to catch up with the three days work that he had missed at the beginning of the world. Even today the camel has still not learnt to behave meaning to work hard like the other animals and so still has the hump.