The Midnight Visitor | Question Solutions

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The Midnight Visitor | Question Solutions

The Midnight Visitor

The Midnight Visitor Question Solutions

The Midnight Visitor | Question Solutions

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-Robert Arthur

The Midnight Visitor Question Solutions

TEXTUAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

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Q.1. “Ausable did not fit any description of a secret agent Fowler had ever read. What do secret agents in books and films look like, in your opinion? Discuss in groups or in class some stories or movies featuring spies, detectives and secret agents, and compare their appearance with that of Ausable in this story. ( You may mention characters from fiction in a language other than English. In English fiction, you may have come across Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, or Miss Marple. Have you watched any movies featuring James Bond?)

Ans: Try Yourselves.

Q.2. How does Ausable manage to make Max believe that there is a balcony attached to his room? Look back at his detailed description of it. What makes it a convincing story?

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Briefly describe how Ausable defeated Max’s scheme to take away the report.

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Between Ausable and Max, who do you think is more intelligent and why?

Ans: Ausable was a secret agent who stayed at a hotel in France. One night another secret agent named Max entered the room secretly to take away the report from Ausable. He entered with a pistol in his hand and tried to frighten Ausable. But Ausable, with the presence of mind,  created a convincing story to misguide Max that there was a balcony attached to his room. He said that twice a month somebody had entered this room through the balcony. When Max asked him about the balcony, Ausable replied with a feigned irritation that the balcony belonged to another person. He further told Max that this room was earlier a part of a larger one. He said that it extended under his window.

Thus his manner of description convinced Max that there was a balcony under his window and thus Ausable defeated Max’s scheme to take away the report. This proves that Ausable was more intelligent than Max.

Q.3. Looking back at the story, when do you think Ausable thought up his plan for getting rid of Max? Do you think he had worked out his plan in detail right from the beginning? Or did he make up a plan to take advantage of events as they happened?

Ans: The story of the balcony told by Ausable to convince Max seems quite a thought-out plan from the beginning. He took advantage of the circumstances. When the waiter knocked at the door then Ausable told Max that it was the police and if he opened the door the police might have to shoot Max. Ausables’ only thought was to get rid of Max. Hence he faked out a story that twice a month somebody had entered the room through the balcony. The story of the balcony was so convincing that Max crossed over the window and fell down.

It was a made up plan but it was told so convincingly and vividly that it seems to be preplanned.

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ADDITIONAL QUE SOLUTIONS

Q.1. Describe the meeting between Ausable and Max.

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Give a description of Max’s conversation with Ausable.

Ans: Ausable was a secret agent who was staying in a room at a French hotel. He was going to receive a report regarding some missiles. On the other hand, Max was another secret agent who desired to have the report from Ausable by threatening Ausable with death. Ausable met Max when he switched on the light. Max carried with him a pistol. Then with the presence of mind, Ausable faked out a story of having a balcony of his room. In the meantime, a waiter knocked at the door and Ausable convinced him that he might be a police and being afraid of the police Max jumped down the window and fell down.

Q.2. Who was Fawler? Give a description of his meeting with Ausable.

How did Ausable make Fowler disillusioned and happy later?

Ans: Fowler was a romantic writer who came to Ausable to know and see the workings of a spy. But Fowler found Ausable a quite different sort of person. Already there was another secret agent named Max who went there to get the report from Ausable. But by means of Ausable’s presence of mind, he happened to mislead Max as he made out the story of the balcony. After a moment a waiter knocked at the door and Ausable told him that he was a policeman who might shoot Max. Being afraid of the police Max jumped on the balcony and fell down.

Thus Ausable disillusioned Fowler.  0 0 0.

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