Answer the following with reference to the context.
"Are we pinching it before Aunt Elizabeth comes?"
a) What does 'it' refer to here?
b) How does Vicky conclude that her parents are 'pinching it'?
c) Mention the two reasons that Mrs. Slater gives for her action.
d) What does it reveal about the difference between the attitude of the elders and that of Vicky?
(a) ‘It’ here refers to grandfather’s bureau which Mrs Slater plans to keep for herself.
(b) Vicky’s parents wanted to get the bureau before Mrs Slater’s sister arrived for the funeral.
(c) According to her, she wanted the bureau because she liked it very much. Second reason for wanting it was out of jealousy. She did not want her sister to get it.
(d) Vicky genuinely loved her grandfather. She did not like the way elders are fighting over petty things. They are all money-minded and there is no sensitivity.