1.’Have you come back? said the woman. ‘I thought that no one had come back.’ Does this statement give some clue about the story? If yes, what is it?
Ans. Mrs Dorling’s query gives us a clue that she is seeing the narrator after a long time and also that she had not expected to see her alive again. She is rather unpleasantly surprised to see the narrator at her doorstep. This statement also gives us a hint that she is talking about some kind of war, where many people had died.
2. The story is divided into pre-war and post-war times. What hardships do you think the girl underwent during these times?
Ans. The story is distinctly divided into two parts—before the war and after the war. The narrator, as can be drawn from the story, belonged to a rich Jewish family living in Holland. She lived in a large beautiful house with her mother and they possessed beautiful artefacts, silver articles and paintings. Theirs was a cultured family. The World War II erupted and the Nazi army started targetting all the Jews living in Europe. They were made to leave their homes and belongings and all family members were taken to unknown destinations by the army. The narrator, being, Jewish, was also forced to leave her house. Both the mother and daughter must have been taken to labour camps. Her mother had died during these difficult times, but the narrator survived. After the end of the war, she came back to live in her old city. Now she had no family, not even her old house and belongings. She had lost everything, but she resolved to make a new life for herself.
3. Why did the narrator of the story want to forget the address?
Ans. The narrator at the end of the war returned to her house. She still remembered the address of Mrs Dorling who had taken away all the valuables to her own house. She wished to see and touch them, though she did not want to possess them. The old familiar objects and places evoked the memories of former times and pained her. Still, she went to Marconi Street Number 46. But she got a very cold response. She came back home disappointed. Her second visit enabled her to see all her valuables set badly in a strange place. She felt very pained to see ilk beautiful artefacts and antique of her mother, kept in a small, dirty room. Mrs Dorling had kept those things in her house in a tasteless manner and they did not even realise the value of those beautiful things. The narrator suddenly develops an aversion to all her things and comes back. She resolved never to go to that address again.
4. ‘The Address’ is a story of human predicament that follows the war. Comment.
Ans. War is a nasty thing. It causes enormous loss of life and destruction of property. In addition to that, it affects our thinking and relationships. It kills all values and soft sentiments. It turns friendly neighbours into sworn enemies. It spreads greed, violence and hatred. The narrator of the story faces the after-effects of war. She has lost her home, all her valuables and even her mother. She loses interest in all old familiar things. She starts a new life of destitution packed with painful memories.