Author’s opinion about Mr. Gessler as a shoemaker was very high. He considered boot making as an art. The boots made by him never failed to fit. They were the best in make and finish. He would always use the best possible leather.
The quality of the shoes made by Mr. Gessler was super. His shoes were very durable. They lasted for a much longer period. Moreover, the author would place order for many pairs together. That is why he visited the shop not so frequently.
Once the author complained to Mr. Gessler about a certain pair of shoes made by him. In response, Mr. Gessler looked at him without replying. He lowered his eyes as if he was hunting the memory of those boots. He turned grave. He was rather stunned to hear a complaint about shoes made by him. He asked the author to send them back. He will look at them.
Gessler complained that ‘big firms’ had no self-respect. They did not care for quality. They get business by advertisement and not by work. The big firms snatched business from the persons like Gessler who loved boot-making.
The author would place order for so many pairs of shoes out of sympathy. He knew that Gessler had grown weak and old. He was starving. So, he just wanted to help the poor shoemaker. I don’t think he really needed so many pairs of boots.
look after: take care of
look down on : disapprove or regard as inferior .
look in (on someone): make a short visit
look into : investigate
look out : be careful
look up : improve
look up to : admire
(i) After a very long spell of heat, the weather is …………. at ļast.
(ii) We have no right to ……………… people who do small jobs.
(iii) Nitin has always …………….. his uncle, who is a self-made man.
(iv) The police are ……………….. the matter thoroughly.
(v) If you want to go out, I will …………….. the children for you.
(vi) I promise to …………….. on your brother when I visit Lucknow next.
(vii) ………………. when you are crossing the main road.Answer:
(i) looking up
(ii) look down on
(iii) looked up to
(iv) looking into
(v) look after
(vi) look in
(vii) look out
cot – coat
cost – coast
tossed – toast
got – goat
rot – rote
blot – bloat
knot – noteAnswer:
Read out these sets of words loudly and clearly under the supervision of your teacher.
For instance, you will come to know how to pronounce ‘cot’ and ‘coat.
choose – bench
child – march
cheese – peach
chair – wretch
charming – research
Underline the letters representing this sound in each of the following words.
Pronounce each word clearly and correctly under the able guidance of your teacher.
The sound in each of the following words has been underlined :
There is no doubt that Mr. Gessler was a perfect bootmaker and the best in London. He was like an artist who did not know the tacts of promoting the business. But shoes made by him were the best in quality and they lasted much longer. But as a businessman, he was not at all successful. He would insist to make shoes by himself alone. So he took longer time to deliver the shoes. As a result of it, he lost his old clients. He was not advertising to attract new customers. Thus he failed as a competitive businessman.
The title of the story Quality’ refers to the superb quality of the boots made by his bootmaker Mister Gessler. Mr. Gessler was a superb craftsman and an artist. He made shoes that fitted well and lasted long. His starvation and poverty never affected the quality of his shoes. Even the last pairs of boots sent to the author were perfect in shape and finish. Mr. Gessler had only one aim : to make shoes of the best possible quality. Quality was everything for him. I think he sacrificed his life for the sake of quality. Thus the title ‘Quality’ is the best keeping in view the main theme of the story.
It comes and never stops. Does it bother me ? Not at all. Ask my brother, please.Answer:
Mr. Gessler is a German. So, the way he pronounced English word is influenced by his mother tougue, i.e, German. That is why he speaks English with an accent, which is not British but is German. -. If I would have to say these sentences as Mr. Gessler would have said, I will say these as under :
(i) It komes and never stops. Does it bodder me? Asg my brodder, please.
(in any language they are comfortable in). Then come back and share your findings with the class.
(i) Do they buy their provisions packed in plastic packets at a big store, or loose, from a smaller store near their house?
(ii) Where do they buy their footwear? Do they buy branded footwear, or footwear made locally? What reasons do they have for their preference?
(iii) Do they buy ready-made clothes, or buy cloth and get their clothes stitched by a tailor ? Which do they think is better?Answer:
Class-room activity. Firstly, you should ask them the questions in whichever language they are comfortable in. You will find different answers according to the tastes of the people you interview. Then you share your findings with other members of the class.
Let pairs of students talk to each other about leaving the country. One student repeats Ajit’s statement. The other gives a reason for not agreeing with Ajit. The sentence openings given below should be used…
(i) If I leave this country, I’ll miss…
(ii) There are some things which you can get only here, for example
(iii) There are some special days I’ll miss, particularly ….
(iv) Most of all I’ll miss…because …..
(v) I think it’s impossible for me to leave my country because
(vi) How can you leave your own country except when ……….?
(vii) Depends on one’s intention. I can’t leave for good because
(viii) May be for a couple of years ….Answer:
For self-attempt. However a brief answer is given below:
(i) If I leave this country, I’ll miss my family, my friends and my environment.
(ii) There are some things which you can get only here, for example good servants, and leisure.
(iii) There are some special days I’ll miss, particularly the Diwali, and Holi festival.
(įv) Most of all I’ll miss my parents because I am very much attached to them.
(v) I think it’s impossible for me to leave my country because my roots are deep rooted here.
(vi) How can you leave your own country except when you are asked to leave your country ?
(vii) Depends on one’s intention. I can’t leave for good because I can’t afford to live without my parents.
(viii) May be for a couple of years I may think of going abroad provided I must return to my country.
Begin like this:
Last month my aunt decided to visit her parents….Answer:
For self-attempt. However, a brief story is given below:
Last month my aunt decided to visit her parents. As she had to go at once, she was not able to do any cooking. My uncle can cook but he is quite absent-minded. He put vegetables on the stove and went out to clean his bicycle. The neighbours smelled something burning and told my uncle so. My uncle rushed to the kitchen. Being confused, my uncle put some oil on the vegetables. However, by mistake he had used machine oil and not cooking oil. The vegetables smell terribly bad. The vegetables had been spoilt and foul smell had spread all over the house.