Mrs. Packletide –Question and answerts,
Loona Bimberton, was a lady of lower social stature, was the bête noire of Mrs. Packletide. Ms. Bimberrton had killed a tiger, and managed to get a lot of media attention by publishing her photos with the trophy. So impressed was an Algerian pilot with her feat that he flew her 11 kilometers in his aircraft. Such social adulation received by Ms. Bimberton filled the mind of Mrs. Packletide with jealousy and an intense desire to outdo her rival. Killing a tiger was the least she could do to demonstrate her superiority.
(b) What does it tell you about her?
Mrs. Packletide was a mean, vainglorious woman. She was intolerant of other women doing anything to steal the limelight from her. Jealousy ran in her blood.
(c) What is the tone of the story writer?
The writer is obviously a person of great wit and humour. Weaving the plot and the characters with subtle combination of imagination, and satire, he has made the story bristle with hilarious undertones.
(d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
Yes, but only with providential intervention. Mrs. Packletide killed the tiger, had her photograph taken standing beside the dead tiger, and grabbed the publicity she so desperately craved for. But, in reality, she had missed her target. The tiger’s demise came not due to her bullet, but due to its weak heart worn out by dotage.
(e) What do you think the story is all about?
The story, though written for light amusing reading, has an underlying message. It highlights the corrosive influence of jealousy, and frivolous pursuit of social attention.
4. Answer the following questions in your own words:
(a) Why did Mrs. Packletide wish to kill a tiger?
For Mrs. Packletide, Bimberton’s rise to fame was unacceptable. This jarring jealousy pushed her to kill a tiger and deflect the social attention back to her.
(b) What made her decide to give a party in Loona Bimberton’s honour? What did she intend to give Loona on her birthday?
Mrs. Packletide was looking for an appropriate occasion to turn the table on her perceived rival, Mrs. Bimberton. After killing a tiger, her desire for belittling Bamberton in public knew no bounds. Inviting her to dinner and then unveiling her trophy before the guests with Mrs. Bamberton watching was a brilliant idea. That would be sweet revenge, Mrs. Packletide thought. So, she decided to host the dinner.
(c) How was the tiger shooting arranged? What kind of a tiger was chosen for the purpose?
Mrs. Packletide was no great hunter. To minimize the danger, she asked the villagers to look around for a not so ferocious tiger. Fortunately for her, a weak old tiger was spotted. It was unable to hunt in the wild, and used to stray in to the village and create nuisance by attacking the domestic animals. It was decided to make this animal the prey. A platform was erected for the hunting party to be seated. A goat was procured and tethered to the tree as bait.
a. Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
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