Choose two of the passages (a) to (c) and answer briefly the questions that follow:
Come away from the window (She takes him firmly back to the middle of the room. The moment she releases him he turns mechanically towards the window again. She seizes him and turns him back, exclaiming) Please! (He becomes motionless, like a hypnotized rabbit, his fatigue gaining fast on him. She releases him, and addresses him patronizingly). Now listen. You must trust to our hospitality. You do not yet know in whose house you are. I am a Petkoff.
The Man: A pet what?
Raina : [rather indignantly] I mean that I belong to the family of the Petkoffs, the richest and best known in our country.
The Man: Oh yes, of course. I beg your pardon. The Petkoffs, to be sure. How stupid of me!
Raina: You know you never heard of them until this moment. How can you stoop to pretend!
The Man: Forgive me. I'm too tired to think, and the change of subject was too much for me. Don't scold me.
(i) Why did the man keep turning to the window?
(ii) Which examples of the social superiority of the Petkoff's does Raina give the man?
(iii) Which opera does Raina mention? With whom does she compare herself? What does this tell you about her?
(iv) In Raina's opinion, what should the man have done instead of threatening her?
(v) What does the man tell Raina about his father? Why does he do so?
(vi) What does the man do at the end of the scene?
The man kept turning to the window as there was a young lady, on the balcony intensely conscious of the romantic beauty and also there was a peak of Balkan which was wonderful, white & beautiful.
Raina describes the opera is the hospitality of a nobleman is sacred & inviolable and also about the social superiority of Petkoffs & said that they were the richest & best known in the country
Raina mentioned that she belongs to the family of the Petkoff's, who were the richest & best known in the country. This shows that she was proud to be a part of this family & had a feeling of being superior.
In Raina’s opinion, the man should have trusted their hospitality & discuss things with all of them instead of threatening her or hurt any woman under any circumstances.
The man tells Raina that his father was a hospitable man himself & he owns six hotels in Switzerland as he wanted to divert her mind & may want to call her mother.
The man towards the end of the scene falls asleep after kissing Raina’s hand despite Raina asking him to be awake and didn't wake up even after trying several times.