THE LAST BARGAIN
Literary aptitude is developed.
Knowledge of certain new words.
The message of the poem is that no power, money and beautiful thing of the world can win us happiness. It just the simplicity and innocense which reigns supreme.
Chariot: an open vehicle pulled by horses.
Hedge: a row of buses or trees planted close together at the edge of a garden.
Hence forward: from now
Bargain: it is an agreement in which both promise to do something for eac other.
Wandered: not straight
When the labourer was walking on the road, then king called the author and said that he would hire him with his powers but he did not like his agreement.
At mid-way author was wandering along the crooked lane than an old man came out with gold coins and said that I would hire you with my money but his money not important for author so he dislikes his agreement.
In evening a fair lady come out from garden and said that I would hire you with my smile but smile of lady couldn’t attract the author so this agreement also refused by author.
When author passed through the sea a child was playing with shells and he raised his head and said that he would hire him with nothing but author was attracted by the flawless character of the child so he accepted the agreement of child.
There was a daily wager he wanted to be hired then a king come near the daily wager with his chariot and said that he would hire him with his power but his power counted for naught so he disliked his agreement. At mid-day an old man came with gold coins and said that he would hire with money but this agreement also denied. In the evening a fair lady came out from garden and said that he would hire him with a smile but smile of lady couldn't attract the daily wager so this was also refused by the daily wager. At last a child playing with shells and said that he would hire him with nothing and he was won over the child’s behavior and innocence so he accept the agreement.
EXTENDED LEARNING SUPPORT
Panchtantra, jungle books, Arabian nights and some poems on children.
SHORT QUESTION AND ANSWER
What is the bargain and why is it the best?
Ans. the bargain is that the child hires the labourer with nothing and it is the best because the child gives nothing to him and enslaves him easily.
Why does he accept the agreement of child?
Ans. he accept the agreement of child because no power, money and beautiful thing in this world can win us. So he accepts the agreement of child.
what do you mean by “chariot”?
Ans. An open vehicle pulled by horse chariot.
Answer of the text book
who is the speaker in the poem?
Ans. The speaker is the poet “RABINDRA NATH TAGORE”.
“The king sword in the hand” suggests?
i. wealth ii. Power iii. More power than wealth.
Ans. ii. Power
The old man offered the speaker a lot of money. Why did turn down the offer?
Ans. The speaker turned down the offer because he does not like his offer.
find in the poem lines that match the following read both one after another.
i. I have nothing to give you
Except good will and cheer.
Ans. I hire you with nothing.
ii. Her happiness was no more
then sorrow in disgnice.
Ans. her smile paled and melted into tears.
iii. The king’s might was not worth much.
Ans. but his power counted for naught.
How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?
Ans. the speaker was happy was never before.