Class 9 NCERT Solutions English Chapter 7 - The Last Leaf
The Last Leaf Exercise 48
Johnsy's illness was that she was suffering from pneumonia. The doctor said that she seemed to have made up her mind that she was not going to get well and so medicines would not be able to cure her. She could only be cured by her willingness to live.
Yes the feeling of depression that Johnsy has is common among teenagers. They get depressed and stressed out for various reasons like not performing well in their examinations, trying to live up to their parents expectations and failing to do so, peer pressure etc.
Behrman was a sixty year old painter whose lifelong dream was to paint a masterpiece. Yes, his dream does come true. He painted a green and healthy leaf clinging to the creeper on the window that was so natural that Johnsy believed that it was real and thanks to the leaf she regained her will to live. The leaf he painted was his masterpiece.
Behrman's masterpiece is the ivy leaf he painted the night the last leaf fell. It was a green healthy ivy leaf clinging to the creeper. Sue says it was a masterpiece because the leaf was so well painted that Johnsy believed it was the real, natural leaf and this gave Johnsy the will to live and helped her recover from her illness.