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Summary Parsons and Markwardt both were labourers and both loved in Westbury. They worked in the firm run by some capitalist owner. They led hand to mouth life apparently when on one-day unfortunate bloody disaster occurred. There was a chemical explosion in which hundred and eight human lives were lost and over fifty people were rendered blind. A the time of explosion Parsons and Markwardt were in C-shop. Due to explosion the place was filled with dangerous poisonous gases. All the people in C-shop ran for their lives Parsons escaped unhurt probably and Markwardt hauled back on Parsons rushed out of C-shop and later was blinded by the effect of poisonous gases. For many years this disaster was not even mentioned in newspapers and the disaster was forgotten by the people. Parsons was fortunate; he was not all hurt in the explosion. He worked hard and became a successful insurance salesman and led a prosperous complacent life. Markwardt became blind beggar and walked in the streets with the help of battered cane and thumped his way before him. He became a shaggy thick necked person. His coat was greasy. He wore a black pouch slung over his shoulders which he carried cigarette lighters and sold them to passers by for one buck. Fourteen long years passed when by chance accidentally Markwardt collide with Parsons and he offered a lighter for sale to Parsons and also begged for help. Parsons gave two half dollar coins to Markwardt, which he readily pocketed. By chance Markwardt asked Markwardt about the cause of his blindness. Markwrdt mentioned the Westbury chemical explosion and C-shop. Then Parsons recognized Markwardt. Parsons pitied the plight of Markwardt. Markwardt recollected all past events and in a painful voice uttered "You got away but i am blind! Do you hear? I'm ..." People overhead blind Markwardt in the street and turned and started looking the two persons. Parsons felt slightly awkward and remarked "Well - do not make such a row about it Markwardt - so Am I!" Difficult Words Shaggy ----------------- With long hair Splayed ---------------- turned outwards Reminisce -------------- to recollect the memory about the past events. Futile ----------------- useless Boorish ---------------- rude Haul ------------------- to pull with difficulty Wearily ---------------- in a tired way
The insurance salesman was young. arousing people's pity for him and extracting money from them. IN THE STORY.3 Why was blind beggar always eager to narrate his tale of how he lost his sight? Ans. Q. Mr. He assumed the role of a professional beggar. A MAN WHO HAD NO EYES TELLS THE EVENTS OF A CHANCE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN TWO MEN ON THE STREET. THE HOMELESS MAN TRIES TO EARN THE GENTLEMAN'S SYMPATHY. Mr. thick-necked and dirty. He also kept Malaeca stick with. He wore black pouch slung over his shoulder. Q. Yes. . Q. parsons is blind? If yes.Question and Answers Q. It was Markwardt who had trampled him to escape hurriedly from the place. ONE IS A RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN AND THE OTHER IS A HOMELESS MAN. The moral of the story is that a man who has the will can do great deeds even he is handicapped. he kept something (cigarette lighters) to sell. handsome. He wore a clean and tidy gray suit and gray hat. Parsons feel when he heard the blind man approach and why? Ans. Mr. Q. neat and clean and smartly dressed.4 Do you think Mr. then how did you recognize who the beggar was? Ans. In that pouch. Besides. Mr. Parsons felt immense sympathy for the blind because he knew that pain and misery of being as he himself got blind in an accident at his work. There was an obvious difference in the exterior of the blind beggar and the insurance salesman. he also kept a stick with him like other blind people. He always ready to narrate his story because he looked more a professional beggar who always told his tragic stories to get money from people.1 What is the difference in the description between the blind beggar and the insurance salesman? Ans. The blind beggar was shaggy.2 What did Mr. Parsons recognized the beggar's identity when he mentioned the name of Westbury. Parsons even remembered the name of the blind man as Markwardt. Parson he told that he was blind too. as he was blind too.5 What is the moral of the story? Ans.
4. Parsons informs Markwardt that he too was blinded in the explosion and Markwardt is shocked. Parsons doesn't smoke. He says he was trying to escape. he buys one to give as a gift. Parsons notices something familiar yet untrue about it. he's just proud of his success. He sells cigarette lighters and tells people how he lost his vision for money. Mr. 3..A Man Who Had No Eyes Mackinley Kantor Main Character: Mr. 6. but a bigger man pulled him back and got in front of him. Parsons asks the beggar how he lost his vision and so the beggar begins his story. The two men converse outside of the hotel Mr. Parsons says to Markwardt that it's the other way around. He sells insurance.. He is blind. His story about losing his vision is the other way around. It was ironic that Mr. and had a black sack slung over his shoulder. 7. Parsons was staying at. Parsons confronts Markwardt of lying and Mr.. Climax: Markwardt says that a bigger man pulled him back to climb over him and escape. Markwardt says that he was in the C shop explosion. Mr. parsons says the story is a lie. Even though Mr. parsons a cigarette lighter. Parsons is the main character. The beggar wants to sell Mr. Mr. Mr. but you can't tell. Response: This was a nice story that described irony very well. Parsons says that Markwardt (the beggar) pulled him back and climbed over Mr. Parsons was blinded too and that he was also in the C shop explosion. Plot Summary: 1. 5. Minor Character: Markwardt is a minor character. wears greasy clothes. Parsons was the one left in all the toxic gases. He is in his early forty's (more or less) and is a very respected. .. On a nice Spring day in New York. Parsons reveals that he is also blind. he just tells it dishonestly so that people will feel pity and give him money. Setting: The story is set in New York on a nice Spring day. Markwardt expects pity money. Parsons walks out of a hotel and is approached by a blind beggar. but Mr. he is a blind beggar that's sort of chubby. successful business man. He isn't bitter about being blind. 2. Conflict: As Markwardt begins telling his story. The men talk outside on the sidewalk. Mr. Conclusion: Mr. Parsons. Mr. Mr.
after 14 years. etc. how could you tell? Mr. 7. while Markwardt's clothes were greasy and dirty. 8. a bigger man pulled him back to get in front of him and left him there in the toxic gases. How could you tell Mr. It was a good thing Mr. Parsons was blind too. 4. What did Markwardt say that was a lie? Markwardt claimed that while he was trying to escape the explosion. Parsons? (name three) Mr. Markwardt had pulled Parsons back to get in front and had left Parsons on the floor with all the toxic gases. Mr. Parsons' was a small clue. Parsons had to press the cigarette lighter money into Markwardt's hand. etc. Parsons was very honest. he wore a greasy jacket and a black sack full of cigarette lighters slung over his shoulder. Who was dishonest. Mr. Parsons' clothes were clean and spotless. 3. What did Mr. How did Mr. 2. Parsons wasn't bitter about losing his vision. Mr. What was ironic in this story? It was ironic that. Also. Markwardt was bigger than Parsons. blamed the loss of his sight on the government and was quite bitter about it. What are the differences between Markwardt and Mr. Parsons caught him lying so that he could be set straight. Markwardt was the dishonest one. Parsons used educated language (correct language. but they were in fashion so it wasn't too obvious. This was not true. parsons wore a spotless gray suit. He changed his story around to make people feel pity for him so that they'd give him money. Markwardt on the other hand. Parsons and Markwardt met up again.) and Markwardt used uneducated language (incorrect grammar. . a matching gray hat. Parsons met on a nice Spring day outside of a hotel. Parsons and Markwardt meet? Mr.STUDY QUESTIONS 1. The most ironic thing was Mr. Parsons left the hotel and Markwardt approached him wanting to sell a cigarette lighter. Parsons was blind before he revealed it at the end of the story? Mr. What did Markwardt look like? Markwardt was kind of chubby. Mr. 5.). Parsons look like? Mr. and a fashionable black malacca stick. Mr. 6.