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Class 10 English Mijbil the Otter Summary
The story begins with the author travelling to Basra along with his friend. During their journey, the author expresses his desire to domesticate an otter because after he had lost his pet dog, life had become lonely for him. His friend suggested that he should get one from the Marshes along river Tigris in Iraq. When they reached the destination, they found that only the friend’s mail had arrived. After a few days, the friend left while the narrator was still waiting to receive his mail. Upon receiving it, he went to his room only to find an otter (brought to him in a sack), accompanied by two Arabs with a note. It was a gift from his friend. He named the otter Mijbil or shortly, Mij. It took some time for Mij to open up and get acquainted with his surroundings. He was covered in mud to an extent that it took almost a month of cleaning and washing to reveal his actual colour. Mij loved playing with water so much so that he even learned to open the tap on his own. He believed that each drop of water should be squished and splashed till the bowl had been emptied. Everything was going smoothly in Basra, but now it was time to fly back to London. British airlines did not allow animals, so he had to book another flight that allowed Mij with a condition that he had to be carried in a box. The narrator put him in a box an hour before the flight so that Mij could get accustomed to it and then left for a quick meal. When he returned, he found that the box was still and Mij had created a mess by destroying the inner lining. As a result, blood was dripping out of the holes. Scared as he was, he hurried. They were far away from the airport and there were only ten minutes left for the flight to take off. He cleaned it all, hurried in a cab and managed to reach just in time. He explained the series of events to a very kind and generous air hostess who advised him to keep the box on his lap. Gavin developed extreme admiration for the air hostess for she was very kind to him. As soon as he opened the box, the otter leaped out and disappeared thereby creating a chaos. Passengers were frightened. A lady climbed up her chair and in an attempt to get a hold of Mij, the author got himself covered in curry. The air hostess
offered help and brought him back to Gavin and finally, they reached London. Mij was fond of playing with ping-pong balls and marbles. He even developed a game with the author’s damaged suitcase. It could keep him engrossed for a long period of time. Narrator took him for walks while taking the lead and played with him. People of London, being unfamiliar with otters, had wild guesses about what Mij was. Some thought it to be a baby seal, squirrel or even a hippo. The most shocking reaction came when a labourer digging the hole asked the author, “What is that supposed to be?”
Summary in Hindi
कहानी की शुरुआत लेखक द्वारा अपने मित्र के साथ बसरा की यात्रा से होती है। उनकी यात्रा के दौरान, लेखक एक ऊदबिलाव को पालतू बनाने की इच्छा व्यक्त करता है क्योंकि उसके पालतू कुत्ते को खोने के बाद, उसके लिए जीवन एकांत हो गया था। उसके दोस्त ने सुझाव दिया कि उसे इराक में टाइग्रिस नदी के किनारे दलदल से एक प्राप्त करना चाहिए। जब वे गंतव्य पर पहुंचे, तो उन्होंने पाया कि केवल दोस्त का मेल आया था। कुछ दिनों के बाद, मित्र चला गया, जबकि वर्णनकर्ता अभी भी अपने मेल प्राप्त करने की प्रतीक्षा कर रहा था। इसे प्राप्त करने पर, वह अपने कमरे में केवल एक ऊदबिलाव (एक बोरी में लाया) को खोजने के लिए गया, जिसमें दो अरब एक नोट के साथ थे। यह उसके दोस्त की ओर से एक उपहार था। उन्होंने ऊदबिलाव का नाम मिजबिल या शीघ्र ही मिज रखा। मिज को खुलने और अपने परिवेश से परिचित होने में कुछ समय लगा। वह इस हद तक कीचड़ में ढका हुआ था कि उसका असली रंग प्रकट करने के लिए सफाई और धुलाई में लगभग एक महीने लग गए। मिज को पानी से खेलना इतना पसंद था कि उसने खुद ही नल खोलना भी सीख लिया। उनका मानना था कि पानी की एक-एक बूंद को तब तक निचोड़ा जाना चाहिए जब तक कि कटोरा खाली न हो जाए। बसरा में सब कुछ सुचारू रूप से चल रहा था, लेकिन अब वापस लंदन के लिए उड़ान भरने का समय आ गया था। ब्रिटिश एयरलाइंस ने जानवरों की अनुमति नहीं दी, इसलिए उन्हें एक और उड़ान बुक करनी पड़ी जिसने मिज को इस शर्त के साथ अनुमति दी कि उन्हें एक बॉक्स में ले जाना होगा। कथावाचक ने उसे उड़ान से एक घंटे पहले एक डिब्बे में डाल दिया ताकि मिज को इसकी आदत हो जाए और फिर वह जल्दी-जल्दी खाने के लिए निकल गया। जब वह लौटा तो उसने पाया कि बक्सा स्थिर था और मिज ने अंदरूनी परत को नष्ट कर एक गड़बड़ कर दी थी। नतीजतन, छिद्रों से खून बह रहा था। वह डर के रूप में था, वह जल्दी से चला गया। वे हवाई अड्डे से बहुत दूर थे और उड़ान भरने में केवल दस मिनट बचे थे। उसने सब कुछ साफ किया, जल्दी से कैब में बैठा और ठीक समय पर पहुंच गया। उन्होंने घटनाओं की श्रृंखला को एक बहुत ही दयालु और उदार एयर होस्टेस को समझाया जिन्होंने उन्हें बॉक्स को अपनी गोद में रखने की सलाह दी। गेविन ने एयर होस्टेस के लिए अत्यधिक प्रशंसा विकसित की क्योंकि वह उसके प्रति बहुत दयालु थी। जैसे ही उसने बक्सा खोला, ऊदबिलाव बाहर कूद गया और गायब हो गया जिससे अफरा-तफरी मच गई। यात्री दहशत में आ गए। एक महिला अपनी कुर्सी पर चढ़ गई और मिज को पकड़ने की कोशिश में, लेखक ने खुद को करी में ढक लिया। एयर होस्टेस मदद की पेशकश की और उसे वापस गेविन ले आए और अंत में, वे लंदन पहुंच गए। मिज को पिंग-पोंग बॉल्स और मार्बल्स से खेलने का शौक था। उन्होंने लेखक के क्षतिग्रस्त सूटकेस के साथ एक गेम भी विकसित किया। यह उसे लंबे समय तक तल्लीन रख सकता है। नेतृत्व करते हुए वर्णनकर्ता उसे सैर के लिए ले गया और उसके साथ खेला। लंदन के लोग, ऊदबिलाव से अपरिचित होने के कारण, मिज क्या है, इसके बारे में जंगली अनुमान लगाते थे। कुछ लोगों ने इसे बेबी सील, गिलहरी या हिप्पो भी समझा। सबसे चौंकाने वाली प्रतिक्रिया तब आई जब गड्ढा खोदने वाले एक मजदूर ने लेखक से पूछा, “वह क्या होना चाहिए?”
Mijbil the Otter Class 10 English Important Questions
Extract based comprehension questions:
Mijbil, as I called the otter, was, in fact, of a race previously unknown to science, and was at length christened by zoologists Lutrogale Perspicillata Maxwelli, or Maxwell’s otter. For the twenty-four hours Mijbil was either hostile or friendly; he was simply aloof and indifferent, choosing to sleep on the floor as far from my bed as possible.
Question & Answer
Question. Who was Mijbil?
Ans. Mijbil was the name of the otter brought by the narrator
Question. How did the otter behave for the first twenty-four hours?
Ans. The otter was indifferent and stayed as far as possible from the narrator for the first 24 hours.
Question. Find exact word from the extract which means ‘having no particular interest’.
Ans. ‘Indifferent’ from the extract means ‘having no particular interest’.
Question. Why is the otter called ‘Maxwell’s otter’?
Ans. The otter was christened by zoologist Maxwell. So, in his honour, it was called Maxwell’s otter.
Extract based comprehension questions:
Mij was out of the box in a flash. He disappeared at high speed down the aircraft. There was squawks and shrieks, and a woman stood up on her seat screaming out, “A rat! A rat!”
Question & Answer
Question. Why did the woman scream?
Ans. the woman screamed as she thought that there was a rat inside the plane
Question. What did Mij do?
Ans. Mij came out of the box and disappeared.
Question. Find the exact word from the extract which means’ makes a loud noise’.
Ans. ‘Squawk ‘from the extract means’ make a loud noise’
Question. What had Mij been compared with a rat.
Ans. In the extract, Mij had been compared with a rat.
Short Answer Questions
Question. What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did it do two days after that?
Ans. When Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom, for half an hour he went wild with joy in the water, plunging and rolling in it, shooting up and down the length of the bathtub underwater, and making enough slosh and splash for a hippo. Two days later, it escaped into the bathroom and Maxwell saw it opening the tap, all by itself.
Question. Why did Maxwell put the otter back in the box? How do you think he felt when he did this?
Ans. Maxwell removed every bit of the shredded inner lining so that Mij won’t hurt himself. He then kept the otter back in the box as they had to reach the flight on time. He must have felt pity and be worried about Mij.
Question. Why does Maxwell say the airhostess was “the very queen of her kind”?
Ans. When Maxwell boarded the flight, he took the air hostess into confidence about the latest incidents. Being understanding, friendly and kind, she advised him to keep the box on his lap. Thus, the way she listened and helped him, led to an admiration that made the narrator say that she was “the very queen of her kind”.
Question. Describe the physical appearance of Mijbil, the otter.
Ans. The creature that emerged from the sack was a unique one. He resembled like a very small imaginary dragon of the middle Ages. Its body was coated with pointed scales. Between them a soft velvet fur was visible. It was like a chocolate brown mole.
Long Answer Questions
Question. Describe the relationship between the otter and Maxwell in your own words.
Ans. Maxwell and the otter Mijbil shared a lovely relationship. Maxwell treated Mij like his own son. He took very good care of him. He gave him many toys including marbles, rubber bans, rubber fruits and a terrapin shell to play with. He took him to the bathtub to play in the water knowing the fascination of otters with water. He noticed his habits and traits. Mijbil hesitated on the first day but then became very friendly. Maxwell encouraged Mijbil to do whatever he liked to do. He took him out for exercise every day. When Maxwell saw blood on the box in which Mij was packed, he was horrified. When Mij came out of the box he jumped all over but then came and sat on Maxwell’s knees quietly.
Question. Why did Maxwell decide to have an otter as a pet? How did he get it?
Ans. Maxwell’s pet dog Jonnie died. He felt alone without a pet. This time he decided to change his pet. He decided to own an otter as his pet. His place, Camusfearna was ringed by water. It would be a suitable place for this new experiment. One of his friends suggested that he could get an otter in the Tigris marshes. Otters were as common in the Tigris marshes as were mosquitoes. They were often tamed by the Arabs as pets. Maxwell got his mail after five days. He carried it to his bedroom to read. There he found two Arabs squatting on the floor. A sack lay beside them. There was something moving and twisting in it. The Arabs handed him a note from his friend. It read, “Here is your otter …” The sack was opened. And there emerged a Unique creature from the sack. Later on, this otter was named Mijbil by Maxwell.