1. You will probably agree that this story does not have a breathless adventure and exciting action. Then what is your opinion makes it interesting?
Ans. Of course, there are no exciting actions and adventures in this story ‘The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse’. Still, it makes delightful reading. The narrator relates an incident which took place when he was a little boy. The world was full of dreams and mysteries. He was fond of horse riding but acute poverty stood in his way. His narration of the incident is from a child’s point of view. He tells himself that taking somebody’s horse just for a joy-ride did not mean stealing. After all, the cousins had no plan to sell the horse. The story moves at a leisurely pace. Mourad was just a lively and adventure-loving boy. He had got his craziness from uncle Khosrove. The uncle’s standard reaction to every situation was—pay no attention to it’. The descriptions, the pranks of two boys, the craziness of the uncle make the story interesting.
2. Did the boys return the horse because they were conscience-stricken or because they were afraid?
Ans. Mourad and Aram belonged to a poor Armenian tribe known for its honesty. So, Aram was surprised to see Mourad riding a beautiful white horse. He at once remarked that it was a stolen horse. The very thought of stealing was disgusting to Aram. But he reasoned with himself that taking a horse for a ride was not stealing at all. But Mourad was lively, adventure-loving and crazy. He was unlike the little Aram. He was daring, self-confident and tactful Nevertheless their encounter with John Byro pricked their conscience and even frightened them. Perhaps their family reputation was at stake. So they took the horse to its owner’s barn.
3. “One day back that in the good old days when I was nine and the world was full of every imaginable kind of magnificence, and life was still a delightful and mysterious dream ” The story begins in a mood of nostalgia. Can you narrate some incident from your childhood that might make an interesting story?
Ans. For self-attempt.
4. The story revolves around characters who belong to a tribe in Armenia. Mourad and Aram are the members of the Garoghlanian family. Now locate Armenia and Assyria on the atlas and prepare a write-up on the Garoghlanian tribes. You may write about people, their names, traits, geographical and economic features as suggested in the story.
Ans. Consult an encyclopedia or some geography book to locate the country and get details about the people, their lives and beliefs. Your teacher and the librarian can help in your search.