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An Excellent Father Summary and Textbook Question Answers Class 10th English

An Excellent Father Summary and Textbook Question Answers

An Excellent Father Summary and Textbook Question Answers for class 10th English Students of Jammu and Kashmir State board of School Education. Get all study material Notes of JKBOSE for all classes but in this article is written about Class 10th Tulip Series English Prose An Excellent Father Summary and Textbook Question Answers.

Humour Of An Excellent Father Class 10th English

The story "An Excellent Father" is no doubt a comical story. There are many times when the reader is presented with a beautiful scenery of laughter. For instance, Mrs. Bennet asking her husband whether he has heard a rich young man have taken that Netherfield Park and Mr. Bennet deliberately irritating her saying ‘No’ is one of them. He further annoys his wife by recklessly expecting her to think about how beautiful Mr. Bingley is for their daughters. 

He not only drives his wife crazy but also incenses his daughter, Lizzie, by using third degree teasing remarks with a touch of humor. His reaction happens when Mr. Bennet sees his daughter trimming a hat. He humors her and says maybe Bingley might like this funny detail. The next episode in this storyline is the hilarious situation where Mrs Bennet is stopping Kitty from coughing, to which Kitty explains she coughs out the illness and not for her own amusement.

Summary of Prose An Excellent Father Class 10th English

This prose belongs to one of the most famous novels worldwide, “Pride and Prejudice” (Jane Austen, 1813), authored by Jane Austen and widely revised before it was first published. That story sheds the light on the love relationship between two characters where one person suffers from the arrogance and the pride, and the other from the prejudice and eventually these two characters get together. The title of the book represents the author's main idea. 

Mr. Bennet appears to be an absent- minded father who looks uninterested in marrying his daughters who have attained the state of being marriageable. The chapter is marked when Mr Bingley as a young, rich man, rents Netherfield Park to one guest who is Mr Bingley. Neithfield Park falls near Mr. Bennet’s home, in the same locality. Mrs Bennet gets terribly anxious with her daughter, knowing that the latter is very good to grasp at this opportunity of marrying one of Bingley's daughters. 

This novel was written in the nineteenth century when there was a traditional norm that only entailed male off-spring members inherited the property. Because Mr Bennet lost all his fortune, the prospects for Jane and Elizabeth were limited. This becomes the reason to own his properties by any of his closest relatives among himself or his children. 

Therefore, she, Mrs Bennet, was very careful and attentive to the girls and their future life. Mr Bennet is exemplified as a negligent father at the beginning of the story line, in the way that he is least disruptive about the lowest age of marriage for his daughters. This chapter begins with Mr Bennet's speculation about an unnamed young man who has just rented Netherfield Park, a property in the nearby neighborhood.

Mrs. Bennet stresses out as she considers the daughter's marriage prospects and I am sure for her they must be tied with Mr. Bingley as a matrimonial partner and their future financial security. This is most salient regarding the book, which is the 19th century, a period when only the males could be heirs of landed property. 

As Mr. Bennet does not have a son, his property will shortly be available to a descendant of his closest kin. Mrs Bennet's concern about the education of her daughters originates from the customary imperative to get married to a proper partner to secure their ability to provide financial security. Her elegance and charm are two of the main reasons most of Austen's female characters in this novel have not been particularly interested in marrying. 

Mr. Bennet laughed it off, dismissing the idea of going to the pub by saying that they could send their girls to meet Mr. Bingley when mother is still beautiful after all those years. Mr Bennet's comment here showed that Mrs Bennet's feelings were less important compared to those of other women in the story, which brought her wrath. 

The realization that her husband may not value the joy of Mr Bingley’s return further lowers Mrs Bennett’s already anxious and disappointed state of mind. I can not help to compare this situation with what goes in the book. The central character, Elizabeth Bennet, talks to her younger sister Kitty in a patronising manner. She even complains about Kitty's coughing. On the other hand, when she gets the knowledge that Mr Bennet himself had silently gone to Mr Bingley's home, she feels guilty, but comforting thoughts of gratitude to him take over her. She shouts down at her daughters, "Oh, you girls, have a great father!" showing her heartfelt gift for Mr Bennet's kindness.

Character Sketch of Mr Bennet

Mr. Bennet, the patriarch, is a gentleman who generates meager subsistence and has five Dorress. To irritate his wife, he uses a sarcastic, cynical kind of Spanish sense of humor that penetrates all surrounding. At first, it seems he is not giving enough importance to his daughters and does not even engage in an arranged marriage, which is the opposite of what his wife does. By her hubby’s prolonged teasing, he touches on the point of saying to her: “Well, if you are to show you self to Mr. Bingley, he will fall in love with you”. Not even his daughters can resist his words. 

When he observes his daughter removing the veil from her hat, he sarcastically declares, "I shall be delighted if Mr. Bingley admires it." However, his act is only a facade for he is actually deeply caring and responsible and this is revealed in the last part of the tale, where he displays his devotion without letting anyone know. As a result, he had already made a trip to Mr. Bingley and his relatives, which had created certain chances for an even closer relationship between his daughters and Mr. Bingley and this was really appreciable. And so, he becomes a flawless father.

Character Sketch of Mrs Bennet

Mrs Bennet is a lady in her middle age owning five daughters: Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia, Kitty and Mary. Three of her daughters were marriageable. Their only goal in life is, thus, to get their daughters married. Mrs Bennet is an invasive woman who enjoys gossiping. So she does not miss any chance. She immediately runs to Mrs. Long to get to know that Netherfield Park has been rented out. 

When she understood that Mr. Bengley is a young, rich, handsome, and of course, eligible (four or five thousand pounds a year) bachelor, she made plans. She cherishes the idea that Mr. Bingley, who is visiting the neighborhood, could fall in love with one of her daughters, and in that case, she would like her husband to be acquainted with Mr. Bingley so that he could introduce the two of them. 

When her husband does not take her proposals into consideration, she immediately gets irritated with her heart beats fast and her limbs tremble. She is a straightforward person, whom the husband always mocks, but she cannot see through it. To sum all that up, she is a caring and loving mom who truly worries about her daughter's future.

Text Questions of An Excellent Father Class 10th English

Q.1. What does Mrs Bennet tell her husband? 
Ans: Mrs Bennet tells her husband that she knows from Mrs Long that Mr Bingley has taken Neitherfield Park over. He is a young man of large fortune from the north of England. He is single yet, and it would be fine if he married one of their daughters. 

Q.2. Who takes over Neitherfield Park? Why is Mrs Bennet happy about it? 
Ans: Mr Bingley, a rich young man from the north of England, takes over Netherfield Park. Mrs Bennet is happy about it because she is thinking of marrying one of her daughters to him as he is young, single and wealthy. 

Q.3. Why does Mrs Bennet insist on her husband to meet Mr Bingley? 
Ans: Mrs Bennet wants to settle the marriage of one of her daughters with Mr Bingley to give her a happy and prosperous life. So, she insists her husband to meet Mr Bingley to develop an acquaintance with him before others exploit this golden opportunity. This will open up the chance that he may fall in love with one of her daughters and get ready to marry her. 

Q.4. ‘You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves? Explain? 
Ans: When Mrs Bennet asks her husband to meet Mr Bingley, he shows no interest. He rather teases his wife by saying that Mr Bingley may like her also since she is as beautiful as her girls. As a result, Mrs Bennet feels disgusted over her husband’s strange behavior and tells him he feels delighted in vexing her and has no compassion on her poor nerves. 

Q.5. Why does Mrs Bennet thinks that Mrs Long is selfish? 
Ans: Mrs Bennet thinks that Mrs Long is a selfish woman. She would not introduce her to Mr Bingley because she had two nieces of her own and she would not lose the chance of marrying one of them to him. 

Q. 6. How does Mr Bennet react to the plan designed by his wife? 
Ans: Mrs Bennet designed a plan to develop an acquaintance with Mr Bingley so that he may fall in love and marry with one of her daughters. Mr Bennet reacts strangely to the plan designed by his wife. He does not show any excited reaction or seriousness towards her plan. He rather teases her and shows his unwillingness to visit Mr Bingley. However, in reality, he is equally interested in her plan and visits Mr Bingley secretly. 

Q.7 Why does Mrs Bennet tell her girls that they have an excellent father? 
Ans: At first Mrs Bennet thinks her husband doesn’t think of his daughters and is not worried about their marriage. But when she comes to know that her husband has already paid a visit to Mr. Bingley, she gets surprised and feels thrilled. So, she tells her girls that they have an excellent father. 

Q. Draw a Character Sketch of Mrs Bennet. 
Ans: Mrs Bennet is an interesting character in “An Excellent Father” extracted from Jane Austen’s famous novel “Pride & Prejudice”. She is a mother of five daughters; namely Jane, Elizabeth (Lizzy), Kitty, Mary and Lydia. she is a woman of mean understanding, little knowledge and uncertain temper. She is always worried about the marriage of her daughters. She becomes happy when she comes to know that Mr Bingley, a rich young man, has taken over the Neither Field Park. She thinks of marrying one of her daughters with him. So she insists her husband, Mr Bennet, to visit him soon in order to develop an acquaintance with him and have time to marry one of their daughters to him. She presents the complete view of the womenfolk who are alike in the matter of making and winning a good person’s hand in marriage. 

Q. Do you feel that mother’s love differs from a father’s love? Why or why not? 
Ans: Yes, we felt that mother’s love differs from a father’s love. Mothers are more ostentatious than fathers in their expression of love.  They show love and anxiety for their children more through words and less through actions. Fathers love the child as deeply as the mothers do, but they do not make too much show of it. Their love speaks through their actions more than through their words. This is quite clear in the story “An Excellent Father”. Mrs Bennet Shows a lot of anxiety about her daughters’ marriage. But Mr Bennet quietly does what he is supposed to do, raising no hue & cry. 

Q. Write briefly about the humorous incidents in “An Excellent Father”.
Ans: “An Excellent Father” is full of humorous discussion between Mr and Mrs Bennet. A few instances of humour are given below: 

Mr Bennet asks first his wife to visit Mr Bingley herself, along with the girls. Later, he tells her she should not accompany the girls as Mr Bingley may like her also since she is as beautiful as her girls. 
We feel humour when Mr Bennet reacts to his wife’s displeasure by saying, “I have high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends.” 

Mr Bennet’s comment on his daughter’s coughing is also humorous when he said, “Kitty has no discretion in her coughs, she times them ill”. When 
Mrs Bennet came to know that her husband has paid a visit to Mr Bingley. She says, “Now Kitty, you may cough as much as you choose”.

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