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Chapter 5: Hundred Dresses

The excerpt is taken from the biographical account of Harriet Tubman titled, ‘Harriet Tubman, The Moses of Her People’. This is a story of a woman who suffered because of racial discrimination, but she did fight against slavery and helped her family and members of her community to free themselves from the clutches of the perpetrators of their suffering. She was grateful to her friend, Frederick Douglass, who had hidden her, and some runaway slaves more than once in his home in Rochester.

Read the passage (a letter to Harriet by Frederick Douglass) given below and answer the questions that follow. “The difference between us is very marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way.

You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day—you in the night. I have had the applause of the crowd and the satisfaction that comes of being approved by the multitude, while the most you have done witnessed by few trembling, scared, and footsore bondmen and women, whom you have led out of the house of bondage, and whose heartfelt God bless you has been your only reward.

The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and your heroism.” When years later, in her old age, a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune came to interview her one afternoon at her home in Auburn, he wrote that, as he was leaving, Harriet looked towards an orchard nearby and said, “Do you like apples?” On being assured that the young man liked them, she asked, “Did you ever plant any apples?” The writer confessed that he had not. “No” said the old woman, “but somebody else planted them”.

I liked apples when I was young. And I said, “Someday I’ll plant apples myself for other young folks to eat. And I guess I did.” Her apples were the apples of freedom. Harriet Tubman lived to see the harvest. Her home in Auburn, New York, is preserved as a memorial to her planting  You have read about Wanda and Harriet Tubman, the two individuals who have fought courageously to realize their dreams and ambitions.

Similarly, Stephen Hawking, the great physicist, owed one part of his fame to his triumph over his acute medical conditions due to a degenerative disease. When he was diagnosed, aged only 21, he was given only a few years to live. But Hawking defied the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years, pursuing a brilliant career in science that stunned doctors and thrilled his fans. By the time he died at 76, Hawking was among the most recognizable faces in science, perhaps at par with Albert Einstein.

Read the passage given below and find out how Hawking was an extraordinary man who cherished life. exactly 300 years after Galileo died, and he died on 14 March 2018, which happened to be his old rival Albert Einstein’s birthday. It is likely Professor Hawking is having a laugh at our expense, based on our preposterous love for coincidences. The comedy lies in the timing. Professor Hawking knew this, and over the years, became incredibly proficient at the art of the comedic pause. It is a tough art to master.

One of my all-time favorites, Stephen Hawking moments came when the Professor sang comedy legends Monty Python’s Galaxy Song for a charity a few years ago, correcting the technicalities in the song’s words and numbers as he went along. It is an unbelievable treat, and these lyrics sound suitably profound when coming from the smartest human in the universe. “Pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space, cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.” “Life would be tragic if it wasn’t funny,” Professor Hawking had once said, and clearly enjoyed not only observing the humor in the world but also pointing it out.

His appearances on popular and irreverent mainstream television made us, the viewers, feel included. For a brief moment, we shared a laugh and got to be in the same orbit as him. We felt that this massively brilliant man watches the same television we do, and that’s a genuinely comforting thought. Professor Hawking was an extraordinary man who loved ordinary things.

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NCERT Solutions Class 10 English Chapter 5 Hundred Dresses

Question 1.
Where in the classroom does Wanda sit and why?
Wanda Petronski used to sit on the corner of most benches, lost in her world, where rough boys usually sat. She was a very poor, shy, and quiet girl and did not want to mess with others so she preferred to sit in isolation.

Question 2.
Where does Wanda live? What kind of a place do you think it is?
Wanda lives in Boggins Heights, where poor people live. It is not a developed area and is covered with mud. There are no proper roads or streets and it is a kind of slum.

Question 3.
When and Why do Peggy and Maddie notice Wanda’s absence?
Wanda didn’t come to school on Monday and Tuesday but nobody noticed her absence as she did not have friends in the class. When Peggy and Maddie waited for Wanda to make fun of her after school was off, they noticed that she was absent, otherwise, nobody bothered about her there.

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