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Chapter-1 A triumph of surgery
DETAILED SUMMARY

Tricki was a small dog. His mistress Pumphrey pampered him very much. She overfed him. She gave him food, rich with fats. Tricki never refused food anytime. He was always greedy for food. He liked cream cakes and biscuits very much. Mrs. Pumphrey gave him cod-liver oil and Horlicks. She gave him wine to drink.


This all made Tricki like a bloated sausage. He became very lazy. He became uninterested in things. He kept lying all day on the carpet. He had some bouts of vomiting. Mrs. Pumphrey thought that he was seriously ill. She called Mr. James Herriot who was a vet surgeon.Mr. Herriot expected that to happen. He knew that Tricki was suffering because of overeating. He had already made his plans. He took a firm line. He said that Tricki must be admitted in the hospital for a fortnight. This suggestion made Mrs. Pumphrey almost swooned. She thought that Tricki could not live even a single day without seeing his mistress. But Mr. Herriot wrapped him in a blanket, took him out of the house and put him in his car.The departure of Tricki was very pathetic. All the house was aroused. The maids were putting Tricki’s things in the car. Everyone was in tears. The doctor took the dog away in his car to the surgery.


When Herriot reached his home, the household dogs surrounded him. They sniffed Tricki and showed no interest in him. Till two days Herriot did not give him anything to eat. He gave him a lot of water to drink. Then the doctor started giving him some light food. He gave him no medicine. After two days Tricki had started taking interest in his surrounding.He mixed up with other dogs. It enjoyed being rolled over. He became a member of the gang. At home, he had almost no exercise but at the surgery, he had a lot of exercises and fun. Controlled diet and activities made him active.


Mrs. Pumphrey remained anxious about Tricki’s health. The doctor told him that he was better and was convalescing. This made her think that he had gone through some surgery. So she sent daily two dozen fresh round eggs, wine and brandy for him—so that he might recover soon. But the doctor did not give those things to him because he really did not need this type of diet. The doctor and his partners enjoyed these eggs, wine and brandy. After a fortnight Mrs. Pumphrey came to collect Tricki. She was tense and worried. She did not hope that he was all right. But when the doctor brought Tricki, he jumped at once into Mrs. Pumphrey’s arms. She was surprised to see all this. She said that it was a ‘Victory of Surgery.’

DETAILED SUMMARY(2)

1. The Doctor Worried: The doctor, James Herriot, is really worried. Tricki had become very fat. He looks like a bloated sausage. His eyes are red and rheumy. Mrs. Pumphrey is the mistress of the dog. She has given him malt and cod-liver oil and a bowl of Horlicks every night. But nothing works.
2. James Herriot Advises Mrs. Pumphrey: James Herriot realizes that Tricki’s only fault was greed for food. Dr. James Herriot advises Mrs. Pumphrey that she must cut Tricki’s food right down. She must give the dog some exercise. She must keep him on a very strict diet. Otherwise, he will fall ill.
3. Tricki Falls Ill: Within a few days, Dr. Herriot receives a call from Mrs. Pumphrey. She tells him that Tricki doesn’t eat and has bouts of vomiting. He only lies down on the rug panting. The doctor advises her that Tricki needs to be hospitalized for a fortnight. He is to be kept under observation.
4. Tricki at Hospital: At the Surgery, the household dogs surge around Tricki. He sees them lying motionless. A bed for Tricki is made in a warm loose box. For two days, no food is given to him but plenty of water. On the second day, he starts taking some interest in his surroundings. On the third day, he begins to whimper when he hears the dog in the yard. Tricki starts taking a walk around the bowls licking casually inside one or two of them.
5. Rapid Progress: Tricki’s progress is rapid. He has no medical treatment of any kind. He runs about the dogs joining their friend-ly barkings. He starts fighting for his share of food and hunts rats at night. Dr. Herriot tells Mrs. Pumphrey that Tricki is not in danger and recovering rapidly. Mrs. Pumphrey starts bringing eggs, two dozen at a time to build up his strength. Wine and brandy are given to improve Tricki’s constitution. The doctor informs that Tricki has recovered and Mrs. Pumphrey can collect him.
 

6. Grateful Mrs. Pumphrey: Within two weeks, Tricki has been transformed into a flexible, hard-muscled animal. He is stretching out in great bounds. When Tricki sees his mistress, he leaps and sails into her lap. As the car moves away, Mrs. Pumphrey leans out of the window. Her lips tremble and tears shine in her eyes. She says, “Oh, Mr. Herriot, how can I ever thank you? This is a triumph of surgery!”

Main Points of the Story 
  1. Dr. Herriot was really worried to sec the dog, Tricki.

  2. He was very fat, his eyes were red and rheumy.

  3. Mrs. Pumphrey, the mistress of Tricki had been giving him malt, cod-liver oil and a bowl of Horlicks every night.

  4. Dr. Herriot found that the only fault of Tricki was his greed for food.

  5. The doctor advised Mrs. Pumphrey to cut down his food correctly and give him exercise daily.

  6. Within a few days, the doctor received a call from Mrs. Pumphrey.

  7. Tricki was not eating anything and was vomiting again and again.

  8. He lay down panting and didn’t go for a walk.

  9. Dr. Herriot suggested to Mrs. Pumphrey that Tricki must be hospitalised for about a fortnight.

  10. The poor lady almost fainted but at last Tricki was taken to the hospital.

  11. At the Surgery, the household dogs surged around Dr. Herriot, and Tricki looked silently at them lying motionless on the carpet.

  12. For two days, Dr. Herriot kept an eye on Tricki and gave him no food but plenty of water.

  13. Next day, the doctor was pleased to see Tricki jostling his way to his food bowl.

  14. No medical treatment was given to Tricki.

  15. Tricki’s progress was rapid and he started running about the dogs joining in their friendly barkings.

  16. Dr. Herriot informed Mrs. Pumphrey that Tricki was out of danger and was recovering rapidly.

  17. Mrs Pumphrey was excited to hear the news and started bringing fresh eggs to build his strength.

  18. Even wine and brandy were given to improve Tricki’s constitution.

  19. One day, Dr. Herriot phoned Mrs. Pumphrey that Tricki had recovered and she could take him home.

  20. Within two weeks, Tricki had been transformed into a flexible and hard-muscled animal.

  21. When he saw his mistress, Mrs. Pumphrey, he leaped and reached to her lap.

  22. Mrs. Pumphrey thanked Dr. Herriot. Her eyes were wet and lips trembled.

She called Tricki’s recovery “A triumph of Surgery!”

Character Sketch

1. Mrs Pumphrey: Mrs Pumphrey is a fabulously rich and resourceful lady with a large number of servants and maids. She is passionately attached to her little pet dog, Tricki. She is very worried about Tricki’s miserable condition. Tricki had become hugely fat and listless. She thinks Tricki to be suffering from malnutrition. So, she starts giving Tricki malt, cod-liver oil and a bowl of Horlicks every night. The doctor knew that Tricki’s only fault was his greed for food. He advises Mrs Pumphrey to cut down food and sweets for Tricki. For Mrs Pumphrey, it was very difficult because she pampers Tricki like a spoiled child.
Mrs Pumphrey is impractical but very compassionate and caring. She and her staff arrange all comforts, beds, cushions and toys for Tricki. She constantly enquires about his health from Dr Herriot. She gratefully thanks Dr Herriot for saving Tricki’s life and calls it “A triumph of Surgery.”
2. Tricki: Tricki is a small dog. The only fault of Tricki is his greed for food. Overfeeding of sweets, cakes and chocolates make Tricki hugely fat. He becomes rheumy and listless. His tongue lolls from his jaws. The doctor advises Mrs Pumphrey to keep Tricki on a very strict diet and give him plenty of exercises. Tricki becomes a victim of overindulgence and overfeeding. Dr Herriot’s instructions are ignored. Tricki loses appetite and starts vomiting. Dr Herriot suggests Mrs Pumphrey that Tricki be hospitalised under his observation for a fortnight. Tricki’s recovery is amazingly rapid. He is not given food but plenty of water. After a few days, Tricki starts taking an interest in his surroundings. He is transformed into a flexible and hard-muscled dog. Tricki shows his love for his mistress by jumping onto her lap when she comes to collect him.
3. Dr James Herriot: Dr James Herriot, no doubt, is a competent veterinary surgeon. He is really worried about Tricki. He understands that the real fault of the dog is his greed for food. Dr Herriot instructs Mrs Pumphrey to keep Tricki on a very strict diet.
Dr James Herriot is practical and pragmatic. He doesn’t give any medical treatment to the dog. He feeds the dog with only water. His method works. The grateful mistress thanks Dr Herriot Sil and calls his feat “A triumph of Surgery!” Dr James is clever enough to enjoy the best of both worlds. He is tempted to keep Tricki as a permanent guest. It was a happy period for Dr Herriot and his friends. He used to enjoy eggs for breakfast and wine and brandy for lunch.

Questions for practice:- A Triumph of Surgery
  1. What makes you know that Mrs. Humphrey was a rich lady?

  2. Why did Mrs. Humphrey call the doctor?

  3. How does Dr. Herriot treat Tricky?

  4. What was the main cause of `Trick’s ill-health’?

  5. What was Mr. Herriot’s strict advice?

  6. Did Mrs. Pumphrey heed his advice? What excuses did she make?

  7. Describe the small dog Tricki.What special diet did Mrs. Pumphrey give to build Tricki up?

  8. How did Herriot save Tricki’s life?

  9. Describe Tricki’s stay at Dr James Herriot’s surgery, highlighting his behaviour and his rapid recovery.

  10. What kind of a person do you think the narrator, a veterinary surgeon, is? Would you say he is tactful as well as full of common sense?

A LETTER TO GOD
DETAILED SUMMARY

Lencho was a dedicated agriculturist. He was expecting a decent harvest yet sadly; a hail storm came and destroyed his harvest. Lencho was very sad he had a strong belief in God. He was sure that God would definitely help him. He was an extremely straightforward man. He composed a letter to God. In the letter, he asks God to send him one hundred pesos. At that point, he went to the post office and put the letter into the post box,
The postman removed the letter from the letter-box. He read the address on it and laughed badly when he rushed to the postmaster and demonstrated to him that strange letter. The postmaster also chuckled in the same way when he saw the address of God. When he read the letter, he got very serious. He lauded this man who had extraordinary confidence in God.  He decided to help him. He asked the employees of the post office to give money. He gave a part of-of his salary. But they were able to collect only a little more than half the money requested for by Lencho. The postmaster put the money in an envelope and addressed it to Lechno. Nen Sunday, Lencho came again to the post-office. He asked if there was any letter for him. The postmaster took out the letter and gave it to Lencho. Lencho was not surprised at seeing the money. But when he counted the money, he became angry. He thought that God could not have made a mistake. He took paper and ink and wrote another letter to God. Then he put the letter into the letter-box.
After Lencho had gone, the postmaster and the employees read the letter. Lencho had complained to God that he had received only seventy pesos. This time he requested God to send him the rest of the money also. But he asked God not to send the money through the mail. He wrote that the post-office employees were a bunch of crooks.

SHORT SUMMARY (2)
  1. Lencho a Farmer: Lencho was a farmer. His house was the only one in the entire valley. It was on the top of a hill. His fields needed a good harvest. He was looking towards the sky hoping for rain. During the meal, big drops of rain began to fall. He went out to feel the rain on his body.

  2. Raindrops Like Coins: Lencho was satisfied. The drops of rain were like coins. The big drops were ten-cent pieces and the little ones were worth five each. Suddenly, a strong wind began to blow. Lencho was worried.

  3. Raining of Huge Hailstones: Along with the rain came very large hailstones. They truly did resemble silver coins. The house, the fields and the hill-side were covered with the white hails. Not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was totally destroyed. So were the flowers. Lencho was sorrowful. They would have no corn that year.

  4. Single Hope — Help from God: Lencho thought that there was only one hope. It was the help from God. The following Sunday, he wrote a letter to God. He wrote that if he did not help, his whole family would die. He needed a hundred pesos in order to sow his field again and to live until the new crop coming. He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, placed a stamp on it and dropped it into the mailbox.

  5. Strange Address: One of the postmen who read the address laughed heartily and took it to the postmaster. The postmaster was quite a friendly and pleasant man. He too broke out laughing. But soon he became serious. He realised that the sender of the letter had great faith in God. He didn’t want to shake the writer’s faith in God. He decided to answer the letter.

  6. Help from the Postmaster: The generous postmaster collected money from his employees. He himself gave a part of his salary. He put seventy pesos, all the money he could collect, in an envelope and sent it to Lencho by mail.

  7. Lencho’s Anger Against Post Office Employees: Lencho had a firm and unshaken faith in God. He did expect help from God. When he received the money, he was not surprised. But his happiness was just for some moments. When he counted the money, he became very angry. He believed that God could never deceive him. Immediately, he wrote a second letter to God and posted it. The postmaster opened the letter eagerly. Lencho wrote that he received seventy pesos that had been sent by God. He requested God to send him the rest of the money. He asked God not to send the money through the mail. The post-office employees were ‘a bunch of crooks’.

Main Points of the Story 
  1. Lencho was a farmer.

  2. His house was the only house in the valley and on the top of a hill.

  3. Lencho’s fields needed rain for a good harvest.

  4. He looked expectantly at the sky and it did rain at last.

  5. The drops of rain were like the coins for him.

  6. But his happiness was short-lived as very large hailstones began to fall after the rain.

  7. The hailstones destroyed all the leaves on the trees, plants and flowers.

  8. There would be no crop that year.

  9. There was a single hope: help from God.

  10. On the following Sunday, he wrote a letter to God.

  11. He needed a hundred pesos to sow his fields again and to live until the new crop coming.

  12. He wrote 'To God' on the envelope and put the letter into the mailbox.

  13. The postman laughed heartily and took it to the postmaster.

  14. The postmaster laughed too but soon he became serious.

  15. He decided to reply to the letter and help Lencho.

  16. He collected seventy pesos only from his employees and himself contributed a part of his salary.

  17. He put the money in an envelope and posted it to Lencho.

  18. Lencho had an unbroken faith in God and he was not surprised when he received the money.

  19. His happiness was turned into anger as there were thirty pesos short of the money.

  20. Lencho could never believe that God could ever deceive him.

  21. So, he wrote another letter to God reminding Him that he received only 70 pesos sent by Him.

  22. He asked God not to send the rest of 30 pesos through the mail as the post office employees were a ‘bunch of crooks’.

Character Sketch

1. Mrs Pumphrey: Mrs Pumphrey is a fabulously rich and resourceful lady with a large number of servants and maids. She is passionately attached to her little pet dog, Tricki. She is very worried about Tricki’s miserable condition. Tricki had become hugely fat and listless. She thinks Tricki to be suffering from malnutrition. So, she starts giving Tricki malt, cod-liver oil and a bowl of Horlicks every night. The doctor knew that Tricki’s only fault was his greed for food. He advises Mrs Pumphrey to cut down food and sweets for Tricki. For Mrs Pumphrey, it was very difficult because she pampers Tricki like a spoiled child.
Mrs Pumphrey is impractical but very compassionate and caring. She and her staff arrange all comforts, beds, cushions and toys for Tricki. She constantly enquires about his health from Dr Herriot. She gratefully thanks Dr Herriot for saving Tricki’s life and calls it “A triumph of Surgery.”
2. Tricki: Tricki is a small dog. The only fault of Tricki is his greed for food. Overfeeding of sweets, cakes and chocolates make Tricki hugely fat. He becomes rheumy and listless. His tongue lolls from his jaws. The doctor advises Mrs Pumphrey to keep Tricki on a very strict diet and give him plenty of exercises. Tricki becomes a victim of overindulgence and overfeeding. Dr Herriot’s instructions are ignored. Tricki loses appetite and starts vomiting. Dr Herriot suggests Mrs Pumphrey that Tricki be hospitalised under his observation for a fortnight. Tricki’s recovery is amazingly rapid. He is not given food but plenty of water. After a few days, Tricki starts taking an interest in his surroundings. He is transformed into a flexible and hard-muscled dog. Tricki shows his love for his mistress by jumping onto her lap when she comes to collect him.
3. Dr James Herriot: Dr James Herriot, no doubt, is a competent veterinary surgeon. He is really worried about Tricki. He understands that the real fault of the dog is his greed for food. Dr Herriot instructs Mrs Pumphrey to keep Tricki on a very strict diet.
Dr James Herriot is practical and pragmatic. He doesn’t give any medical treatment to the dog. He feeds the dog with only water. His method works. The grateful mistress thanks Dr Herriot Sil and calls his feat “A triumph of Surgery!” Dr James is clever enough to enjoy the best of both worlds. He is tempted to keep Tricki as a permanent guest. It was a happy period for Dr Herriot and his friends. He used to enjoy eggs for breakfast and wine and brandy for lunch.

Character Sketch:- A Letter to God
  1. Lencho: Lencho was a man of limited means and earned his living by farming his fields. He had an unshaken faith in God. He believed that God always helps people with a clear conscience. Therefore, when he lost all hopes and he and his family were on the verge of starvation, he looked towards God for help. His deep faith in God even impressed the postmaster who decided to help him.
    He was a little educated to write a letter. He shows his innocence by trying to have a correspondence with God directly.
    While he had an unshaken faith in God, he mistrusted the motives of men. He could never know and nor did he ever try to know who had sent him those seventy pesos to help him. It is quite ironic that he abused his helpers by calling them ‘a bunch of crooks’.

  2. Postmaster: The postmaster has all that is good in human thinking and behaviour. He has a thorough understanding of a sharp, sympathetic and sensitive mind. He knows how the mind of a God-fearing rustic like Lencho works. He doesn’t want to break the deep faith of Lencho in God. First, he laughed at the man who wanted to have a direct correspondence with God. After reading the letter, he was deeply moved and impressed by Lencho’s faith in God. He knew that merely goodwill was not sufficient. The farmer needed financial help. So he collected a sum of 70 pesos from his employees. He also contributed a part of his salary and sent the money to Lencho.

  3. The Post Office Employees: The post-office employees make every effort to help Lencho. They believed that only an innocent and foolish farmer can write a letter to God. They were considerate and full of compassion. They wondered at the faith of the man who wrote that letter. But they contributed something for an ‘act of charity’. They couldn’t collect the hundred pesos but sent only seventy pesos to Lencho. Only a single word was written as a signature: `God’.

QUESTIONS FOR PRACTICE:-
  1. Whom did Lencho write a letter? What did he ask for?  

  2. Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?

  3. Why were Lencho and his family in distress? Whom did he ask for help?

  4. What are the raindrops compared to and why?

  5. How did the rain come as predicted by Lencho and how did he receive it?

  6. Why did Lencho’s happiness change into deep concern?

  7. Describe the loss caused by the heavy fall of hailstones in general and to Lencho in particular.

  8. Why did Lencho think of writing a letter to God? What did he write in the letter?

  9. Why was Lencho angry after he counted the money?

  10. Lencho has great faith in God. Does he have the same kind of faith in man? Taking examples from the story describe his attitude towards God and man.

Determiners
Explanation of the poem-1 (Dust of snow)
Poem-3 A tiger in the zoo 
Chapter-2 (The thief story footprint without feet)
Grammar of chapter-2
Chapter-3 Two stories about Flying
Poem-4 HOW TO TELL WILD ANIMALS
CH-4 From the diary of Anne Frank

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