WORKING WITH THE POEM
With your partner try to guess the meaning of the underlined phrases:
1. And somehow we fell out.
2. The afternoon turned black.
1. fell out — quarrelled.
2. turned black – was spoiled due to our tense mood.
Read these lines from the poem:
1. One thing led to another
2. The start of it was slight
3. The end of it was strong
4. The afternoon turned black
5. Thumped me on the back.
Discuss with your partner what these lines mean.
We went on arguing. One thing led to another.
The beginning or the cause of the quarrel was minor/petty.
The quarrel ended on a very bitter note. We started hating each other.
The quarrel spoiled our mood. The afternoon became unbearably bad.
Patted on the back in a friendly manner.
Describe a recent quarrel that you have had with your brother, sister or friend. How did it start? What did you quarrel about? How did it end?
Somesh is my best friend. But one day our relationship turned sour suddenly. He did not come to my birthday party. I lost temper, so did he. He remained tense and unhappy for a couple of days. Both of us were eager to patch up. And we did it in a dramatic manner. We came face to face in the school tuck shop. We shook hands, felt sorry and promised to renew our friendship as earlier.
Short Type Question
What was the quarrel about between the brother and his sister? How did they become friendly again?
It is common for brothers and sisters to quarrel. Many a time they don’t know the point of dispute. But their quarrel does not last long. One day, the narrator quarrelled with her brother for no valid reason. Both stuck firmly to their claim of being right. They began to hate each other. But that very afternoon the brother took the initiative and admitted his mistake. Thus they patched up and forgot their bitterness.