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A Question of Trust | Question Solution

A Question of Trust

A Question of Trust Question Solution

A Question of Trust Question Solution

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A Question of Trust Question Solution

TEXTUAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

Think About It

Q.1. Do you begin to suspect, before the end of the story, that the lady was not the person Horace Danby took her to be? If so, at what point did you realize this, and how?

Ans: Yes, we begin to suspect before the end of the story that the lady was not the person Horace Danby took her to be. When she saw Horace, she kept calm and normal and did nothing what we expected to be done to a thief. It seemed strange. She seemed not to call the police and in turn, she asked Horace to break out the jewels from the safe. It also seemed suspicious and even when she claimed to have forgotten the number of the key to open the safe also seemed suspicious.

Therefore it was evident before the end of the story, that the lady was not the person Horace had taken her to be.

Q.2. What are the subtle ways in which the lady manages to deceive Horace Danby into thinking she is the lady of the house? Why does not Horace suspect that something is wrong?

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How did the young lady trick Horace Danby? 

Ans: Horace Danby was a thief and one day he went to steal the jewels of a household at Shotover Grange. When he was wandering about the house to steal the valuables then he heard the voice of a lady. Horace thought her to be the mistress of the house. But the lady was shrewd enough to beguile him. The lady was firm in voice and spoke with confidence. While talking to him, the lady smiled and once threatened him of the police. This was enough to frighten Horace.

Being afraid of the lady eventually, he lost his conscience and failed to suspect the lady. Thus the young lady tricked Horace Danby.

Q.3. Horace Danby was good and respectable- but not completely honest.” Why do you think this description is apt for Horace? Why can’t he be categorized as a typical thief?

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Who is Horace Danby? What type of man was he?

Ans: The description of Horace that he was good and respectable is apt for him. It is because he had a reputation for being so in society.  He had a house. He was a manufacturer of locks and a successful businessman. Even he had two men to help him in his business. Despite this, he stole once a year. But the fact for him was that he robbed only rich people with the sole purpose of buying rare books but not to eat and drink.

Due to all these reasons, Horace can’t be categorized as a typical thief.

Q.4. Horace Danby was a meticulous planner but still, he failed. Where did he go wrong and why?

Ans: Horace Danby was a meticulous planner, but still he failed. He stole valuable things of rich people only and he did it only once a year. Before going to steal he made a meticulous plan. For example, he studied every detail of the Shotover Grange before he went there to steal. He even knew the name of the dog in the house.

Despite his meticulous plan he failed to rob the house. The main cause of his failure was that the lady of the house was very shrewd and had the presence of mind. On seeing her Horace got afraid and entreated her to let him go. But the lady talked to her in a convincing manner that Horace lost his conscience and acted upon her order. He broke out the jewels with his own hand that left behind him his trace enough to be caught up him by the police later on.

Thus for believing the lady blindly, he failed in spite of his meticulous planning.

Talk About It

Q.1. Do you think Horace Danby was unfairly punished, or that he deserved what he got?

Ans: Horace was not unfairly punished, he deserved the punishment. Though he seemed to be a good and respectable citizen outwardly he was evil internally. He stole things of rich people once a year with the sole aim of buying rare books. But no law allows anybody to steal to buy books. He was a criminal in the eyes of the law and immoral in the eyes of morality.

So Horace was not unfairly punished, he deserved what he got.

Q.2. Does intention justify the action? Would you, like Horace Danby, do something wrong if you thought your ends justify the means? Do you think that there are situations in which it is excusable to act less than honesty?

Ans: In the eyes of law intention does not justify the action. An action is justified by how far the action is legal or illegal.

We would not do like Horace who thought that his end justified the means. One’s end may be good but if the medium of operating the action is against the law then it must be considered to be wrong.

No,  we think there is no situation that may be considered excusable if the action goes against the existing law.

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ADDITIONAL QUE SOLUTIONS

Q.1. Describe how Horace Dunby was arrested by the police.

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What was wrong with Horace?

Ans: Horace Danby was considered a good and respectable person. He did business in lockmaking. Even he was successful in his business. But he had a hobby of hoarding and reading rare books. For that, he stole things from rich people once a year. He was meticulous in stealing. Once he went to Shotover Grange for stealing the jewels. But unexpectedly he met with the lady of the house and got embarrassed. The lady being shrewd, threatened him but later on, she asked him to break the safe to bring out the jewels for her. Being convinced by her words he readily agreed and broke out the jewels. While he did the act of breaking out the valuables, then the stamp of Horace’s hand fell on the things he touched. These fingerprints were enough to recognize him as a thief. Later on, police arrested him and sent him to prison.

Q.2 How did Horace Danby become an assistant librarian in the prison? HSLC ’18

Ans: Horace Danby was regarded as a good and respectable person in society.  He was a manufacturer of locks and a successful businessman. Even he had two men to help him in his business. Despite this, he stole once a year. But the fact for him was that he robbed only rich people with the sole purpose of buying rare books but not eating and drinking.

Horace served his first sentence in a prison library fifteen years ago.  He was tricked by a lady who was in the same profession. After that, he went to steal the jewellery of a household in Shotover Grange and there he was tricked by the lady of the house and touched the jewellery. There he was beguiled by the lady and eventually, he was caught by the police and was sent to prison. At the prison, he was made the librarian keeping in view his previous experience in the prison library.  0 0 0. A Question of Trust Question Solution

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