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How can we say that Mrs Cratchit was not rich?
Question this passage suggests that even though the Cratchit family is not rich, they are happy. How would you account for this?
Mrs. Cratchit is shown as wearing a gown which had been turned twice and had been decorated with ribbons so as to beautify it but she didn't seem to be complaining about it. Even though there goose was small no one was complaining rather they were all so happy that they seemed to be dancing about in joy. They were happy to be together. They were content with whatever they had and they considered it to be so it left no room for discontentment.
How was Maratha welcomed by all? Why did she not hide for long?
And how did little Tim behave?' asked Mrs Cratchit, when Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content. ‘As good as gold: said Bob, 'and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home ... a. What had Tim told Bob while they were returning home? What does this tell you about the nature and character of Tim? Do you find this unusual? Why? b. What are the feelings of Bob as he tells his wife about Tim here? Quote a word the writer uses a little later to describe Bob's tone of voice at the time. c. Does the mood displayed by Bob at this point of the story persist? Why? What does this tell you about Bob and his family?
Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration ... Everybody had something to say about it, but nobody thought or said it was at all a small pudding for a large family. a. Select one word from each of the two quotations given above to illustrate that the two chief items on the menu-the goose and the pudding-were not necessarily the most lavish or expensive. b. Does this prevent the family from enjoying their meal? Give examples from the text to support your point of view. What does this tell you about the family and the relationship they share with each other?
Bob Cratchit said, and calmly, too, that he regarded it as the greatest success achieved by Mrs Cratchit since their marriage ... a. What is it to which Bob refers in the extract quoted above? His statement is an example of a particular figure of speech. Select it from the following options: i. simile ii. metaphor iii. personification iv. hyperbole b. Mention three details of it as described by the writer. c. How do the Cratchits end their festive meal together?

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