ISC English ..Quality by John Galsworthy

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  1. raj singh says:


  2. Liza says:

    Thank you so much sir

  3. Malika says:

    Thank u sir …. This has helped me understand the story better and frame my answers well

  4. A.P.Kamesh says:

    great work sir
    This will help me score better in my English exams.

  5. Mahika says:

    Is Fritz a spirit

  6. arundhathy says:

    i like the content.
    please provide some questions that could be asked.

  7. Faiza Khan says:

    Nice summary

  8. Jayesh Sharma says:

    Thank you sir, for dedicating your time towards this wonderful summary of the story, it really helped to me to get a brief lookout of the story and understand it. 🙂

  9. Nikki says:

    Sir,can u help us out with poems as well . It will be appreciated, thanks for the effort you put in to help us out 😊😁

  10. Faith says:

    What is the moral lesson of the story??

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Dedication to a noble cause is a very good trait, but it has to be pursued within the limitations of worldly existence.

  11. raghav says:

    sir thank you for for sharing your immense knowledge. and really helps me a lot . but sir please provide the critical analysis of the story quality.

  12. raghav says:

    sir thank you but please provide the critical analysis of the story quality.

  13. King says:

    Nyc sir thank you this will help me to score some better marks

  14. Adrita Das says:

    Please write the character sketch of Gessler brother as soon as possible.

  15. Adrita Das says:

    250 to 300 words

  16. Rohit says:

    U do a great job bro i scored marks due to ur essays

  17. Adrita Das says:

    Please write it soon.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Sketching the Gessler Brothers …
      In both breed and creed, the two Gessler brothers were truly unique. They were artisans, par excellence, but their single-minded dedication to quality and customer satisfaction bordered on eccentricity. With total abhorrence to profit, mass manufacturing, economy of scale, and advertising (the bywords of modern business), the two struggled to flourish, make money, and be recognized as master shoe makers. As per modern industrial yardsticks, the Gessler brothers were total failures, but, somehow, they managed to defy all the ignominy and difficulties that ensnarled their lives. Safety, comfort, and long lasting ability were the hall marks of the bespoke shoes they made for their small number of devoted customers. They scoffed at the one-size-fits-all shoes mass produced and sold under big brand names. For them, comfort and durability of shoes were paramount, not the flashy labels and the big brand names. In the heart of the fashionable high street of London, they made their shoes by their deft hands deriving immense satisfaction, but paltry profits. They unhesitatingly took back shoes if the slightest defect was seen even after long use by the customer. Modern business ethics has no place for unlimited lifelong warranty.
      The two brothers were Germans. This partly explains their passion for quality. Like the great Tolstoy who made shoes with his own hands for his recreation, the Gessler brothers made shoes with their own hands to demonstrate to the world that shoe-making is an art and a craft meant only for the rarest of hands sent by God to the world. One of the two brothers died of over-work and possibly under nourishment, but, for Glassworthy, he left behind a shoe-making legacy, the like of which mankind will always cherish, but can rarely replicate.

  18. Adrita Das says:

    Thank you sir for the answer.

  19. Wayward says:

    Sir thank you for the wonderful analysis . Also can you please help me reflect the emotional bond between the Gessler brothers and the narrator . Please sir .🙏🙏

    • Satya Prakash says:

      The narrator was obviously a customer with a soul and a conscience. He understood the honour, satisfaction, and sense of fulfilment that go with dedicated manual work. The Gessler Brothers were artisans of the most exceptional caliber, who had perfected the art of making customized shoes. They were brutally honest in their dealings with their customers, and readily owned up and compensated for the minutest flaw in their shoes. Such astounding committment to customer satisfaction bemused and startled the narrator. Being a somewhat self-effacing person, the narrator appreciated the humility and modesty of the Gessler Brothers. He had carved a special place in his heart for the shoe-maker duo. In essence, although the Gessler Brothers got lost in the glitz and glamour of London’s high street, the narrator held the two brothers in high esteem and reverence.

  20. Anupama says:

    Cannot expect for better summary.
    Your dedication for helping us inspires me to do great things. You write big answers , without having any problem. You clear everyone’s doubt. You are sure to get blessings….

  21. Soumya says:

    Sir,I am greatly indebted for your answers…can you help me with an another question…The question states is quality an appropriate title for the story

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Whenever requesting a write-up, specify the word limit.
      Answer .. The title ‘Quality; is surely an apt one, because this story revolves around an eccentric artisan’s extreme dedication to ‘quality’. Gessler brothers survived in this treachrously commercial world because they were driven by their dedication to quality. But, the artisan barely survived, and possibly died of exhaustion and poverty. His craft consumed him. It sounds so tragic that a master craftsman of such skill died so miserable a death. Had the world been a bit more sensitive to the preeminence of quality, the two brothers would have earned name and fame. Sadly, the world didn’t even look at them.
      ‘Quality’ fits the title well. However, other titles such as, ‘A German shoemaker’s singular skill’, or ‘The tragic end to a master shoemaker’ can also be considered for the story.

  22. Anushka Saha says:

    Wow I actually cried…

  23. Aftab says:

    Sir can you provide me note about appropriateness of story quality

  24. Aftab says:

    State the appropriateness of the tittle quality in the story
    Word limit 250_300words

    • Satya Prakash says:

      O.K, Tomorrow.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      State the appropriateness of the title ‘Quality’.
      Answer …The story ‘Quality’ by John Galsworthy does leave us sad after we finish reading it. It singes our conscience because it depicts the defeat of a noble trait of humans – to strive for perfection in whatever they do. This trait is ‘Quality’, a sister of ‘Creativity’.
      The Gessler Brothers were Germans. As a race, Germans outdo almost all other races when it comes to ‘quality’. The two brothers made shoes, one of the most ordinary of human possessions. They earned their living making bespoke shoes of the highest craftsmanship. They barely scratched a living from their mundane job, but in the hearts of the users they etched a mark for themselves.
      Want, hard manual labour and ignominy stalked them at each step, but they were undeterred. It is this singular devotion to quality that brought them appreciation from their handful of buyers. But, refusing to adopt modern methods of shoe-making, they slogged on in pursuit of quality. This passion brought them doom, and one of the brothers died. One can say that pursuit of ‘quality’ to an unrealistic level brought them life-long misery.
      It’s a poignant story of how commercialism throttled the German brothers’ hope for a decent life. Defeated and dejected, they stuck to their love to make a perfect pair of shoes. How sad! Quality killed a master artisan. The irony shatters us.
      After we finish reading the story, we find no other title for the story, more apt than ‘Quality’. It is at the center of the story, and it is its essence.

  25. Aftab says:

    Thanx sir yr answer helped me alot

  26. Soumya says:

    Thank you for the last answer sir.
    Sir I will find it helpful if u may help me in other two questions…answer of 250-300 words..
    1-state the hardships faced by traditional artists in the backdrop of the industrial revolution in england
    2-brief character sketch of Mr gessler,highlighting his wholehearted efforts to maintain excellence in his work…

  27. Soumya says:

    Sure sir….its of no worry…

    • Satya Prakash says:

      First answer … (Will post the second ne later)

      1- State the hardships faced by traditional artists in the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution in England.
      Answer …Between the period 1760 to 1840, England saw a tumultuous change in the way people lived. Large-scale manufacturing of industrial and consumer goods became possible thanks to a spurt in inventions of machines that improved productivity dramatically. Factories spouted up in the length and breadth of the country as people poured in money to such ventures. Wealth creation of humongous scale took place, lifting the family income of people. A new ‘middle class’ was created, but the new-found prosperity brought with it unforeseen and unintended consequences. As goods were mass-produced, and sold in lesser prices, artisans producing textiles, leather goods, smithy, wooden furniture, and a host of other goods suddenly found themselves out of job. The Industrial Revolution caused a painful end to skilled artisanship. Coupled with the senseless exploitation of labour through oppressive working conditions and low wages, unemployment among skilled artisans created acute distress in rural societies. It was a death blow to England’s placid, peaceful village life. Tailors, shoemakers, blacksmiths and wood workers became a miniscule minority. No one wanted bespoke clothes or shoes, as these handcrafted items were out-priced by factory-produced good.
      Thus, the much-touted Industrial Revolution was a mixed blessing for the society. No doubt, it created massive wealth, but it lead to a very painful death of England’s own heritage of quality workmanship.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Question 2.. Mr. Gessler’s dedication to quality.
      Mr. Gessler was a master shoe-maker, by blood, instinct, and descent. He knew the trade too well to let any commercial instincts to besmirch his singular dedication for making a perfect pair of shoes. Over the years, he had virtually reached a humanly unattainable level of quality, but he never thought a shoe-maker should ever leave a customer remotely unhappy. Gessler didn’t seek fame, profit, or accolades. His singular aim was to make the best possible pair of bespoke shoes for his customer. He toiled day in and day out, but sadly due to his total lack of commercial acumen, just managed to make both ends meet. No wonder, his last days of life were hard and grueling. In a desolate corner, amid the glistening stores of the high streets of London, he stood alone holding aloft the banner of quality. With disdain, he looked at the mass-produced one-size-fits-all shoes sold through high-pressure advertising, and refused to lower his own ever-increasing standard of quality.
      Mr. Gessler, the shoe-maker par excellence, died a lonely death, with empty coffers and in empty stomach, but he left behind a full and never-fading legacy of making high quality shoes.

  28. Soumya says:

    Thank you sir , for the productive answers…

  29. Komalpreet says:

    What is the meaning of line ‘those pairs could only have been made by one who saw before him the Soul of Boot’ in story ‘Quality’?

    • Satya Prakash says:

      No one knew the art of shoe making as good as Gesseler. He loved and nurtured his skill very assiduously, taking to near-perfection levels. Such involvement was possible because Gesseler treated boots to be objects with a body and a soul. Just as we treat a living being with care and attention, he treted the shoes he made with remarkable passion and cretivivity.

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