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Chapter 2: The Address

DO you still know me?’ I asked. The woman looked at me searchingly. She had opened the door a chink. I came closer and stood on the step. ‘No, I don’t know you.’ ‘I’m Mrs S’s daughter.’ She held her hand on the door as though she wanted to prevent it opening any further. Her face gave absolutely no sign of recognition. She kept staring at me in silence.

Perhaps I was mistaken, I thought, perhaps it isn’t her. I had seen her only once, fleetingly, and that was years ago. It was most probable that I had rung the wrong bell. The woman let go of the door and stepped to the side. She was wearing my mother’s green knitted cardigan. The wooden buttons were rather pale from washing. She saw that I was looking at the cardigan and half hid herself again behind the door. But I knew now that I was right. ‘Well, you knew my mother?’ I asked. ‘Have you come back?’ said the woman.

 ‘I thought that no one had come back.’ ‘Only me.’ A door opened and closed in the passage behind her. A musty smell emerged. ‘I regret I cannot do anything for you.’ ‘I’ve come here specially on the train. I wanted to talk to you for a moment.’ ‘It is not convenient for me now,’ said the woman. ‘I can’t see you. Another time.’ She nodded and cautiously closed the door as though no one inside the house should be disturbed. I stood where I was on the step.

The curtain in front of the bay window moved. Someone stared at me and would then have asked what I wanted. ‘Oh, nothing,’ the woman would have said. ‘It was nothing.’ I looked at the name-plate again. Dorling it said, in black letters on white enamel. And on the jamb, a bit higher, the number. Number 46. As I walked slowly back to the station I thought about my mother, who had given me the address years ago. It had been in the first half of the War.

I was home for a few days and it struck me immediately that something or other about the rooms had changed. I missed various things. My mother was surprised I should have noticed so quickly. Then she told me about Mrs Dorling. I had never heard of her but apparently she was an old acquaintance of my mother, whom she hadn’t seen for years. She had suddenly turned up and renewed their contact. Since then she had come regularly.

‘Every time she leaves here she takes something home with her,’ said my mother. ‘She took all the table silver in one go. And then the antique plates that hung there. She had trouble lugging those large vases, and I’m worried she got a crick in her back from the crockery.’ My mother shook her head pityingly. ‘I would never have dared ask her.

She suggested it to me herself. She even insisted. She wanted to save all my nice things. If we have to leave here we shall lose everything, she says.’ ‘Have you agreed with her that she should keep everything?’ I asked. ‘As if that’s necessary,’ my mother cried. ‘It would simply be an insult to talk like that. And think about the risk she’s running, each time she goes out of our door with a full suitcase or bag.’

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NCERT Solutions Class 11 English Chapter 2 The Address

1. ‘Have you come back?’ said the woman. ‘I thought that no one had come back.’ Does this statement give some clue about the story? If yes, what is it?


This statement gives us a hint that both the women and the narrator know each other. The narrative revolves around a girl trying to find her mother’s ancient possessions with an adult lady. This girl’s mother knew about an upcoming fight and so had gradually moved all her valuable belongings to the residence of her acquaintance, Mrs. Dorling. As her mother had expired during the battle, the woman Mrs. Dorling did not expect anyone to come afterwards and claim the precious belongings. When the girl came to collect them, she was shocked. The given statement shows that the lady is selfish and does not want to share the antiques that do not even belong to her. She doesn’t even recognize the girl of her past acquaintance and refuses to let her inside the home.

2. The story is divided into pre-War and post-War times. What hardships do you think the girl underwent during these times?


The account “The Address” is divided into post-war and pre-war times. The girl belonged to a rich family. The girl’s family had a lot of valuable things. There is clear evidence of the difficulties which the storyteller had to experience through these times. During the pre-war times, the girl lived in another place distant from her mother and visited her very rarely. During those times, her mother was worried that her precious things would be lost in the war.

They were worried that they would have to leave the house. The girl was in a small hired house with its shutters overlaid with blackout paper. She was unable to see anything outside and the threat of death was also upon them. However, during the post-war, everything returned to normalcy. The girl could open the shutters of her room and look outside without worrying about anything. She had a powerful urge to look at her mother’s properties and so also visited Mrs. Dorlings.

3. Why did the narrator of the story want to forget the address?


The narrator desired to forget the address as it prompted her to remember the tender remembrances of her mother, their home and valuable belongings, and her earlier life before the war, which she could never have back. She, therefore, decided to forget the address and move on.

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