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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Rip Van Winkle - 6th Class

Look at the picture and discuss the questions that follow:

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1. Who do you think this old man is?
2. What does the creeper around his leg suggest?
3. What do his clothes convey?
4. Have you ever seen such a man? If yes, talk about your meeting with him.

A.Reading

Read the following story and answer the questions that follow:

        Many years ago, at the foothills of the Kaatskill (Kat-skill) mountains, was a small village. In the village lived a simple, good-natured fellow named Rip Van Winkle. He was a kind neighbour, ready to help anyone. Everyone in the village liked him. The children of the village shouted with joy whenever they saw him because he played with them, he taught them to fly kites and shoot marbles, and told them long stories.

        The only problem with Rip was that he was very lazy. He did no work on his own farm and just idled away his time. His fences were falling to pieces. His cow was going astray. Weeds grew on his farm. Rip’s constant companion was his dog, named Wolf. To avoid work, he would walk away into the forest with his dog.


Rip Van Winkle (www.naabadi.net)         Suddenly,  he  heard  a voice  calling  out,  “Rip Van Winkle, Rip Van Winkle!” He looked around and saw a short, old man, with thick hair and a grizzled beard walking towards him with  a barrel. He made signs  to  help  him  carry  the barrel. Rip hurried to help the stranger who caught his hand tightly. Together they reached a place where there were some more odd looking short men, playing ninepins.  They were all dressed the same way and all of them had beards of various shapes and colours. Eventhough they were playing a game, their faces were serious and there was silence! The only sound was the noise of the balls, which echoed in the mountains like thunder.    As Rip and his companion reached them, they stopped playing and stared at Rip with a fixed gaze. Rip was really frightened. His companion emptied the contents of the barrel into glasses and made Rip drink it. Rip obeyed as he was trembling with fear. Since he was thirsty he drank a few more glasses and slowly fell into a deep sleep.
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         On waking up, he found that he was at the place where he had first met the old man. He rubbed his eyes — it was a bright sunny morning. “Surely, I have not slept here all night,” thought Rip.

        He looked around for Wolf, but he was nowhere. Rip whistled  for him.  “Wolf! Wolf!”  he  then shouted.. No dog was  to  be  seen. “Where  has  this dog  gone?”  he muttered  to himself. He began to  descend  the mountain  to  go back to his village.

         As he neared the village, he met a number of people but he didn’t know any of them. The villagers also stared at him equally surprised. “Who is this man?” said one.

          “I’ve never seen him before,” said another, “look at his long white beard and his wrinkled face.”

          On hearing this, Rip stroked his chin and, to his astonishment, he found his beard had grown a foot long, and it was all white!

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          An old woman walked up to him and looked at his face for a moment. Then she exclaimed — “It is Rip Van Winkle! Welcome home again, old neighbour! Where have you been these twenty long years?


(Adapted from The Legend of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving)

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