Class 10 English NCERT Book Footprints Without Feet Chapter 4 A Question of Trust Questions and Answers with PDF File for cbse, hbse and other state boards.
A Question of Trust Question Answer Class 10 English
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Q. 1. What does Horace Danby like to collect ?
Ans. Horace Danby is a book lover. He likes to collect books. He loves rare and expensive books.
Q. 2. Why does he steal every year?
Ans. Every year, he breaks a safe. With this money he buys books. The stolen money lasts for twelve months. Then he steals again the next year.
Q. 3. Who is speaking to Horace Danby ?
Ans. It is the Voice of a lady. Horace Danby thinks that she is the mistress of the house. But she is only a thief like him. She poses to be the mistress of the house and befools Danby.
Q. 4. Who is the real culprit in the story ?
Ans. The real culprit in the story is the lady thief whom Danby meets in Shotover Grange. She poses before him to be the landlady. Danby has entered the house to steal. But he finds the lady there. She pretends that she has lost the key to the safe. Danby is befooled. He breaks the safe and is caught.
Think about it
Q. 1. Did 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 realise this, and how ?
Ans. In the beginning of the story, no suspicion is aroused. It appears that she is the mistress of the house. But when she says, “I have always liked the wrong kind of people”, there is a hint about her real identity. Later, when she persuades Danby to break open the safe, the suspicion is confirmed.
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 doesn’t Horace suspect that something is wrong ?
Ans. The lady is an experienced thief. She speaks with a lot of confidence. There is firmness in her voice. She poses to be the mistress of the house. She smiles while talking to him. Then she threatens to report to the police about Danby. Later she befools him by telling that she has forgotten the numbers to open safe. In this way, she convinces him that she is the mistress of the house.
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 categorised as a typical thief?
Ans. This description aptly fits Horace. Horace Danby is not a regular or hardened criminal. He commits a theft to satisfy his love for books. In the society, he has reputation as ‘a good, host and respectable citizen’. He steals only once a year. So, he cannot be categorised as a typical thief.
Q. 4. Horace Danby was a meticulous planner but still he faltered. Where did he go wrong and why?
Ans. Horace Danby was a meticulous planner. Every year, he looted only one safe. So he planned carefully before stealing. But still he faltered and a lady befooled him. He could see through the lady’s sweet smile and crafty talk. He believed that she was the mistress of the house. She pretended that she had forgotten the numbers of the safe. He broke open the safe. But before doing so he had taken off his gloves. The police was able to trace him because of his fingerprints in the room.
Talk about it
Q.1. Do you think Horace Danby was unfairly punished, or that he deserved what he got?
Ans. Yes, Horace Danby was unfairly punished. He was punished for a crime which he had not committed. He broke open the safe thinking that the lady was the mistress of the house. It is true that he committed the crime of entering the house and breaking open the safe. But he did not steal anything. So the punishment given to him was unjust.
Q. 2. Do intentions justify actions? Would you, like Horace Danby, do something wrong if you thought your ends justified the means? Do you think that there are situations in which it is excusable to act less than honesty?
Ans. No, intentions do not justify actions. One cannot commit a crime even if his intentions are right. Ends do not justify means. Honesty is the greatest virtue. I think there are no situations in which it is excusable to act less than honesty. Horace Danby committed crimes in order to buy books. That is a noble cause.
However, a wrong action done for that noble cause cannot be excused. In the house, he broke open the safe for the sake of the lady. However, he had entered the house with the intention of stealing. Breaking into a house is in itself a crime. So the actions of Danby cannot be excused.