Class 10 English NCERT Book Footprints Without Feet Chapter 4 A Question of Trust Summary in English with PDF File for cbse, hbse and other state boards.
A Question of Trust Summary Class 10 English
A Question of Trust author- victor canning
Horace Danby was a good man. He was about fifty years old but he was unmarried. He was a locksmith He was very successful in his business. He had engaged two assistants to help him. Being good and respectable he was not completely honest. He loved rare and expensive books. He bought them at any cost. For this purpose, he robbed a safe in one year. He bought these books secretly through an agent.
Before making a theft, he planned his work well. This time he had studied the house at Shotover Grange for two weeks. He studied even the minutest thing about the house. The family was in London. The two servants who looked after the house had gone to the movies. He came out from behind the garden wall and entered the house. He took the key from the kitchen door hook. He put on a pair of gloves and opened the door. He was always careful enough to leave any fingerprints. He spoke politely to the little dog. He cut-off the wires of the burglar alarm. He arranged his tools carefully.
There was a big pot of flowers on the table. The scent of flowers tickled his nose. I sneezed repeatedly. He thought that this disease would hinder his work. He burried his face in his handkerchief. Then, he heard the voice of a young lady behind him. She spoke kindly to him. She pretended to be the wife of the owner of that house. She said that she had come there suddenly because she needed her jewels to wear them in the party that night. Danby begged the lady to let him go home. He hated going to prison. He promised her that he would never rob again in his life. The young lady asked him to do one work for her, then she would let him go. The burglar said that he would do anything gladly for her.
The young lady said that she needed the jewels but she had forgotten the number. She asked him to open the safe. Danby opened the safe without gloves. The young lady got the jewels and Horace Danby went away happily because he had escaped from a difficult situation. For two days, Horace kept his promise to the young lady. But on the third day, he decided to rob some other safe. But he never got the chance to put his plan into practice. By noon a policeman had arrested him for the jewel robbery at Shotover Grange.
His fingerprints were found all over the room. He admitted that he had opened the safe for the young wife of the owner of the house. But the owner’s wife was about sixty years old. She said that the story was nonsense. No one believed Danby. He was sent to jail. Now he was the assistant librarian in the prison. He often thought of the charming, young lady who was in the same profession as he was. Now he did not like the thought of ‘honour among thieves.’