CLASS –X ENGLISH
NCERT SOLUTIONS LITERATURE READER
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Answer2: I think the story is about a person who bears amiable nature. The story is based on the
theme of human ethics.
Answer4.1: (a) the boys were untidy and poorly dressed
Answer4.2: (b) willingness to work
Answer4.3: (a) did not want a stranger to become involved with their plans
Answer4.4: (a) he did not want to intrude into their privacy
Answer4.5: (c) the Germans had ruined their family
Answer4.6: (a) he thought the boys would prefer to keep their secret
Answer5.1: This statements shows that the two boys were not ashamed of doing menial jobs such
as shoe polish or fruit-vending. When the ...view middle of the document...
They were only 13 and 12 years yet they looked and behaved wonderfully
remarkable. They were childish and innocent yet they were wise, responsible and mature.
Answer6.1: Luigi, the driver didn't approve of the shabby appearance of Nicola and Jacopo. They
were wearing old and worn out clothes.
Answer6.2: They were very impressed by the boys because they were highly committed and
devoted towards work at such a young age. They were ready to do all sorts of odd jobs to earn
money. They exhibited dedication, determination and sincerity while working.
Answer6.3: The narrator was surprised to see Nicola and Jacopo shining shoes because he thought
that selling fruits was their only occupancy.
Answer6.4: The boys were useful to the author in many ways. They showed them city as guide,
helped them in getting a pack of American cigarettes, bought tickets for the opera for them, told
them about good restaurants and ran all their errands.
Answer6.5: The two boys were selling newspapers in the windy, deserted square at night. They
were waiting for the last bus from Padua. They would sell their newspapers when it came in. It
shows their sense of hard work and patience. They could work till midnight.
Answer6.6: When the narrator saw them selling newspapers till midnight, he asked them if they
must do work so hard as they both looked tired. At this, Nicola replied that they were not
complaining about it. It means that both the boys had a lot of courage and patience of working hard.
It shows their willingness and readiness to work.
Answer6.7: The boys don't disclose their problems to the narrator when he asked them about
their plans because they did not want to loose their dignity and self-respect by asking anyone
for sympathy or financial help.
Answer7.1: 'Appearances are deceptive'. It is very much true in the case of two boys but in the
positive sense. In spite of their appearance, the narrator bought fruit from them. In the following
days, the narrator discovered that the boys did a lot of other things apart from selling fruit, they sold
newspapers, they were shoeshine boys, tourist guides and ran errands. All this made the narrator
think that the boys were working so hard to save money to emigrate to America. However, it is
revealed during the course of the story that their only motive was to be able to pay for their sister’s
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treatment. War had destroyed most of their family and yet it had not filled them with despair. The
boys were working day and night to save whatever was left. Behind their shabby appearances were
hidden two noble souls whose dedication and selflessness promises a new hope for mankind.
Answer7.2: The boys loved their sister. She was the only family left after the war was over. When
they realized that their sister had tuberculosis of the spine, they got her admitted to a hospital. The
ultimate mission of the boys’ life centered on the welfare of their sister...