George : (contemptuously) I wasn’t afraid of the bulldog.
Tom : No, maybe you weren’t; but I’m not sure that the savage beast hasn’t torn off a bit of young Alfie’s suit, and if he has there won’t half be a row! (Alfie fidgets nervously at the mention of his damaged suit)
Tom : (down R.C.) How much money have we collected?
Ginger : (crossing C. to George) let’s have a look under the light.
(after counting coppers, with the aid of George’s torch) Eight pence half penny.
Tom : (in a tone of disgust) only eight pence half penny – between four of us – after yelling our heads off all the evening! Crikey! Money’s a bit tight round these parts, isn’t it?
George: I told you it was too early for carol‐singing. It’s too soon after Guy Fawke’s day.
(Faint distant scream off R.)
Tom : (startled) What was that?
George: What was what?
Tom : That noise – it sounded like a scream.
Alfie : (L) Let’s go home.
George: You chaps do get scared easily. It wouldn’t do for you to be in the club that Bert Williams and I are running. We go out looking for adventures like this.
Ginger: Club? I thought it was a gang.
George: Gangs are getting too common. We have turned ours into a club – “The Do and Dare Club” we call it and no one in it must ever show a sign of fear.
Tom : I shouldn’t think you’d have many members. Why, everybody’s afraid of something – if it’s not one thing, it’s bound to be another.
George: (in a very superior tone) Ours isn’t a club for kids; it’s for daring young fellows keen on adventure.
Convert the extract into a short continuous write‐up in about 120 words. You may begin with: ”George wasn’t afraid of the bull‐dog....”
Ans. George wasn’t afraid of the bull - dog. George replied that he was not afraid of bulldogs. Tom recalled him that he bull dog may have torn Alfie’s new suit and once Alfie notices it, he is sure to pick up a fight. Alfie examines his sult.
Tom asked how much money they had collected. Ginger counted the pennies and announced that they had just Eight pence halfpenny. After knowing their financial position Tom was very upset, as it was a very less amount to collect after having sung all evening. Well, George told him, it was too early for carol - singing, quickly after Fawkes day was over. Suddenly to heard a loud scream, but George just passed it off as nonsense. Lastly Alfie suggested that all go home. So they left the empty house. George felt that his companions were too scared and unfit to be in the club - ‘The Do and Dare Club’ which was meant for daring young fellows keen on adventure and not fearful kids.
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