(i) Mr. Purcell sold birds, cats, dogs and monkeys ……………..
(ii) He was very concerned about the well-being of the birds and animals in his shop. ……………..
(iii) He was impressed by the customer who bought the two doves. ……………..
(iv) He was a successful shopowner, though insensitive and cold as a person. ……………..Answer:
He is compared to an owl because the way he looked through his large glasses gave him an appearance of an owl.
(i) words associated with cries of birds,
(ii) words associated with noise
(iii) words suggestive of confusion and fear.Answer:
(i) Twitters, squeals, cheeps and squeals.
(ii) Scampered, flicker, stir, rustling
(iii) Frightened, bewildered and blindly seeking.
(i) What does ‘iť refer to ?
(ii) Why does Mr. Purcell not hear ‘iť clearly ?Answer:
(i) ‘It’ refers to the chirping, squealing and mewing all around Mr. Purcell in his birds selling shop.
(ii) Mr. Purcell is so much used to hear the fluttering and sounds of the birds that it becomes a matter of routine for him. The sounds are so much vibrating around him is that Mr. Purcell does not hear these clearly.
I think the atmosphere around the shop of Mr. Purcell was quite dull and dreary. The shop was filled with frantic circles and frightened voices. The twittering and squeals and squeaks of birds ever made the matter worse and monotonous.
The stranger who came to the pet shop was wearing a cheap ill-fitting suit. He had a shuttling glance and close-croped hair. He wanted something in a cage.
(i) The man insisted an buying the doves because he was fond of birds. Do you agree?
(ii) How had he earned the five dollars he had ?Answer:
(i) The man was not that much fond of birds. In fact he insisted on buying doves because he wanted to set the doves free. He seemed to be imprisoned for a long time. That is why he wanted to make the doves realise the importance of freedom.
(ii) The man had earned five dollars in a long period of ten years’ hard labour. He had earned fifty cents a year.
I don’t think the customer was interested in the care and feeding of the doves. This is because he set them free immediately after buying them.
I Want Something in a Cage Exercises Question and Answer
The man seemed to have been imprisoned for a long time. It was his love for freedom which inspired him to spend his hard earned money on buying the doves. He seemed to value freedom more than anything else. That is why, just after buying the doves, the man did not even pause for a moment to set the doves free.
Mr. Purcell felt vaguely insulted because he had given the pair of doves at a good discount. He thought that the customer desperately needed the doves. He failed to understand as to why the man who had bargained for the best pair of doves had set them free.