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• The Man Who Knew Too Much• Keeping It From Harold• The Seven ages
•The Man Who Knew Too Much by Alexander Baron is a first personnarrative. However, the protagonist of the story is not the narrator himself.The narrator remains unnamed throughout. The story title itself gives usan insight to the story. The story is on Private Quelch, the man who knowstoo much and is condescending. How his arrogance weaves his fall.Knowledge is good and helping. However, one must not take excessivepride in one knowledge, it makes one arrogant and rude.•The protagonist, Private Quelch is the narrator s mate in the sameplatoon while they train as Army personnel. The Professor is knownfor being notorious and for his condescending nature. He remainsunabashed and points out any and everybody to correct theirmistakes. Of course he is knowledgeable and works hard to outshinethe rest of the fellows. He is determined to get a commission, beforelong. As the first step, he tries to get a stripe. Everyone in the platoonis subjected to his mockery and sarcasm. It is almostimpossible, even on his seniors part, to stop him from flaunting hissubjective knowledge. He always interrupts and point out thingsduring the ongoing lectures to his seniors.
Corporal Turnbull, who returns from Dunkirk and is to deliver alecture on hand grenade, is finally able to put a stop to Quelch swhims and assigns him the role of permanent cook house dutiesto teach him a lesson. It all happens because The Professor tries to take control of the lecture just the way he did in an earlierlecture on Muzzle Velocity, which was delivered by a sergeantwho was however a patient one. But Corporal Turnbull is a mannot to be trifled with and makes it clear to Private Quelch on whowas actually the boss. The whole scene is a joke for daysafterwards, a joke and joy to the entire platoon. It is not surprisingthat even in the end how Quelch stays rigid. The author and hisfriend Trower, one day, are returning from the canteen to their hutwhen they find Quelch vehemently protesting against theabominably and unscientific method of peeling potatoes TheProfessor is not able to learn anything from his mistakes and doesnot bend a bit even after having had his lesson from Turnbull.
Mr and Mrs Bramble were immenselyproud of their son Harold. Harold was tenyears old, a prodigy and an exceptionalchild by all standards. An intellectual, hewon prizes in competitions. He was veryclassy and so superior that even hisparents developed a complex..Harold was a model of excellentbehaviour and he respected his parents alot. Mr Bramble was a professional boxerand had been proud of his fame but eversince Harold was born, he had kept this asa secret.Harold was told that his father was acommercial traveller. Mr Bramble whohad thrived on his feats in the boxingring, trembled to see his name in printnow.
Both Mr and Mrs Bramble were secretly a little afraid of their son and did not wish to fall in his esteem. Mr Bramble was already thirty-one years old and he had decided to have his last boxing match and then retire. A week away, Bill Bramble was scheduled to have his last fight, the twenty-round contest with American Murphy at the National Sporting Club, for which he was training at the White Hart down the road. Mrs Bramble sends Harold for a walk but she is surprised to see her husband and her brother, Major Percy Stokes in the doorway. She is shocked to know that Bill has decided not to fight and there is lot of discussion regarding his decision with Percy Stokes. Mrs Bramble makes it clear that this step was unacceptable to her, even if she did not like her husbands profession.
Bramble was supposed to win five hundred pounds, and one hundred andtwenty, even if he lost. This money was very much needed to cater to Haroldseducation. The trainer, Jerry Fisher, enters at this juncture and he is also shocked todiscover that Bill has decided to back out at the eleventh hour.Jerry begs, pleads, cries and tempts Bill but he is steadfast in his decision becausethis fight will be covered by all newspapers and Harold will discover this secret.Tempers are running high, and at this critical moment, Harold makes his entry. MrJerry Fisher feels cheated, he wants his revenge. So he spills over the entire story toHarold, despite all opposition. Bill feels let down in front of his son and tells himfrankly that he was not a man of wrath but just a professional boxer and he iswithdrawing from his last match.
Harold who had been watching all, suddenly surpriseseveryone. He is angry with his parents for hiding this secret butthe content of his speech takes everyones breath away. Haroldreveals that he was betting his pocket money on the defeat ofJimmy Murphy and his friends would have been awefully proudof him, had they known that his father was Young Porky.He even requests for a photograph of his father to impress hisfriends. This talk encourages Jerry Fischer and Bill also goes tocomplete his training. Harold reverts back to playing gameswith his mother and continues with his affectionate chat.
William Shakespeare (baptised26 April 1564; died 23 April1616) was an English poet andplaywright, widely regarded asthe greatest writer in the Englishlanguage and the worlds pre-eminent dramatist. He is oftencalled Englands national poetand the "Bard of Avon". Hissurviving works, including somecollaborations, consist of about38 plays, 154 sonnets, two longnarrative poems, and severalother poems. His plays havebeen translated into every majorliving language and areperformed more often thanthose of any other playwright.
The first and foremost actof every human being is thestage of infancy, where hemakes his presence felt bycrying at the top of voicesand many a times vomitingany food or drink that isrepulsive at the nursingarms of his mother. Thisperiod normally last till fouryears of age.
The second stage is the‘whining’ school boy wherehe learns to utter aplaintive, high-pitched, protractedsound, as inpain, fear, supplication, or complaint. His shinymorning face and hissatchel; a smallbag, sometimes with ashoulder strap; he creepslike a snail and not willingto go to school.
The third stage is hisearly youth, the peak oflove and high romance.He sighs like a burningfurnace and sings thesad ballads of romance;full of woe; affectedwith, characterizedby, or indicating woe:woeful melodies; toimpress his lover’sheart. The impression ofher reply can be seen inher eyebrows
The fourth stage is thatof a soldier where life isfull ofobligations, commitments, compliances, oathsand vows. His beard islike a leopard orpanther. He endlesslyfights for his honor, afull presence of mindwhich is sudden andquick in quarrel and aheart to maintain adignified reputation.
The fifth stage is the adult-hood where a man tries to livea fair and justified life. Hisbelly becomes bigger thannormal. He is conscious abouthis dies and consumes a goodintake of ‘capon’ ; a cockerelcastrated to improve theflesh for use as food. Hiseyes are severe withseriousness and his beard isleveled to a formal cut. He isto take a lot of correctdecisions to keep up with theever changing times. So thisstage is the most powerfulstage in life.
The sixth stage is the middle age. Here iswhere he prepares for the next level inlife i.e. old age. He learns to relax fromthe hustles of life. His strength begins toweaken and spends more time within theroof of his house. He looks like a buffoonand an old fool in his rugged old slippers.He hangs his spectacles on his nose forreading and all his youthful hose, ; aflexible tube for conveying, a liquid, aswater, to a desired point; saved for theworld too wide. His shank begins to shrinkwith time; the part of the lower limb inhumans between the knee and the ankle;leg. Even his voice begins to descend to alower tone. In his free time, he smokes hispipe and whistles his matured melodies.
The seventh stage, even thelast stage, that is the old-age where he enters hissecond childhood. It is alsothe beginning of the end ofhis eventful history. It isalso the stage of oblivion; thestate of forgetting or ofbeing oblivious ; officialdisregard or overlooking ofoffenses; he is withouteverything; withoutteeth, eyes and taste.
• World’s a stage• Men and women are merely players• Bubble reputation• Big manly voice
• Creeping like a snail• Sighing like furnace• Bearded like the pard