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Think About the Textdiscuss in Pairs and Answer Question Below in a Short Paragraph (30 − 40 Words).“I Looked into the Mirror and Smiled,” Says the Doctor. a Little Later He Says,“I Forgot My Danger - English - Language and Literature

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Discuss in pairs and answer question below in a short paragraph (30 − 40 words).

“I looked into the mirror and smiled,” says the doctor. A little later he says, “I forgot my danger and smiled feebly at myself.” What is the doctor’s opinion about himself when:
(i) he first smiles, and
(ii) he smiles again? In what way do his thoughts change in between, and why?

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(i) When the doctor first smiles, he has an inflated opinion of himself, admiring his
looks and profession.
(ii) In the second instance, the doctor smiles at his foolishness and helplessness.
His thoughts change after his encounter with the snake—from being a proud doctor he
moves on to accept his stupidity.

Concept: Reading
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NCERT Beehive for Class 9 English
Chapter 5.1 The Snake and the Mirror
Q 1.3 | Page 60
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