The intruder chose Gerrard as the man whose identity he wants to take on because he is a kind of a mystery man. He phones his orders and sometimes goes away suddenly and come back just the same.
Gerrard is a dramatist. He says, “Sorry I can’t let you have the props in time for rehearsal…
The speaker wants that the intruder should explain what mystery is associated with him. The mystery is about Gerrard’s placing his orders on telephone. And he goes out suddenly and returns in the same way.
Expressions we often use in an ironic fashion are:
We use a slightly different tone of voice when we use these words ironically. Read the play carefully and find the words and expressions Gerrard uses in an ironic way. Then say what these expressions really mean. Two examples have been given below.
Write down three more such expressions along with what they really mean.
|What the author says||What he means|
|Why, this is a surprise, Mr— er—||He pretends that the intruder is a social visitor whom he is welcoming. In this way he hides his fear.|
|At last a
|He pretends that the intruder wants to listen to him, whereas actually the intruder wants to find out information for his own use.|
|What the author says||What he means|
|1. At last a sympathetic audience!||Gerrard means that his company is not a sympathetic audience because the intruder has got a gun in his hand.|
|2. You have been so modest.||Gerrard means that the intruder has been immodest in not having told anything about himself.|
|3. With you figuring so largely in it, that is understandable||Gerrard means that it is not understandable how anything about him is ‘surprising’.|
[Clues: Describe (i) the Intruder—his appearance, the way he spoke, his plan, his movements, etc., (ii) how you outwitted him.Answer:
Yesterday I was standing near the telephone and an intruder entered my cottage. He had a gun in his hand and he tried to threaten me. He intended to kill me and shouted at me. The intruder forced me to tell everything about me. But I did not tell him the reality and misguided him. I told him that he would not gain anything after murdering me. I told him that I was to safeguard myself from the police. So I posted a man on the road. When we tried to come out of the cottage I locked him inside a cupboard and called the police. Eventually, the police arrested him.
For self attempt.
smart humorous clever
beautiful cool confident
flashy witty nonchalant
Gerrard was smart, humorous, confident, witty and clever. He was cool. When the intruder broke into his cottage, he did not lose his patience and confidence. He cooked up a story, convinced the intruder and got rid of him. He showed his intelligence and presence of mind. He was nonchalant also. The intruder was smart, beautiful, flashy, clever and confident. He collected much information about Gerrard and planned his visit meticulously. He wore flashy clothes. He had the ability to make someone afraid of him. Moreover he was witty and answered Gerrard’s questions intelligently and sarcastically.
Gerrard is a dramatist who lives in a cottage. A very few people come to visit him. He rarely goes out. If he goes out, he comes back suddenly. Once an intruder enters his cottage who has a gun in his hands. Gerrard receives him with a warm welcome. The intruder asks many questions to him about his personal life. He answers his queries intelligently and thoughtfully. The intruder tells him that he wants to take on his identity because he is being chased by police as he has murdered a cop. But Gerrard tells him that he will not be benefited by killing him as he is also wanted. And he expects the police there tonight to arrest him. So, he asks him to run with him in the car. But when they are about to cross the door, Gerrard pushes him into the cupboard and slams it. Then he calls the police and gets him arrested.