The third level CBSE class 12 book vistas lesson , Explanation , Question and Answers
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The third level class 12 NCERT book English vistas chapter 1-detailed Explanation of the chapter along with meanings of difficult words, Also the explanation is followed by a Explanation of the chapter all the Exercises and Question and answers given at the back of the chapter have been covered
- charley–story Narrator
- Louisa--wife of charley
- Sam–friend of charley
the President of New York Central and the New York New Haven And hartford railroads will swear on a stack of time table that there are only two but I say there are three because I ve been on the third level of the Grand Central Station yes I ve” taken the obvious step I talked to a psychiatrist friend of mine among others I told him about the Third Level at Grand Central Station and he said it was a Waking Dream wish fulfillment, he said I was unhappy that made
my wife kind of mad but he explained that he meant the modern world is full of Insecurity fear war worry and all the rest of it and that I just want to escape well who doesn’t everybody I know want to escape but they don’t wander down into any Third Level at Grand Central station but that’s the reason he said and my friends all agreed everything points to it they claimed my stamp collecting for example : that’s a temporary refuge from reality well maybe but my grandfather didn’t need any refuge from reality things were pretty nice and peaceful
in his day from all my hear, and he started My collection it’s a nice collection too blocks of four of practically every U.S issue first day covers and so on president Roosevelt collected stamps too you know anyway here’s what happened at Grand Central one night last summer I worked late at the office I was in a hurry to get up town to my Apartment so I decided to take the Subway from grand central because it’s faster than the bus, Now I don’t know why this should have happened to me, i m just an ordinary guy named charley, thirty-one years
old and I was wearing a tan gabardine suit and a straw hat with a fancy band, I passed a dozen men who looked just like me, and I wasn’t trying to escape from anything , I just wanted to get home to Louisa mu wife I turned into Grand central from vanderbilt Avenue, and went down the step to the first, level where you take trains like the twentieth century then I walked down another fight to the second ;level where the suburban trains
leave from ducked into an arched doorway heading for the subway — and got lost, that’s easy to do I’ve been in and out of grand central hundreds of times but I’m always bumping into new doorways and stairs and corridors, once I got into a tunnel about a ,mile long and came out in the lobby of the Roosevelt hotel another time I came up in an office building on Forty -sixth street, three blocks away sometimes, I think grand central is growing like a tree, pushing out new corridors and staircases like roots,
there’s probably a long tunnel that nobody knows about feeing its way under the city right now on its way to times square and maybe another to central park and maybe –because for so many people through the years grand central has been an exit a way of escape –maybe that’s how the tunnel I got into –but I never told my psychiatrist friend about that idea,
The corridor I was in began angling left and slanting downward and I thought that was wrong but I kept on walking all I could hear was the empty sound of my own footsteps and I didn’t pass a soul then I heard that sort of hollow roar ahead that means open space and people talking the tunnel turned sharp left” I went down a short fight of stairs and came out on the third level at grand central station, for just a movement I thought I was back on
the second level but I saw the room was smaller, there were fewer ticket windows and train gates, and the information booth in the centre was wood and told -looking and the man in the booth wore a green eyeshade and long black sleeve protectors the lights were dim and sort of flickering then I saw why” they were open -flame gaslights,
There were brass spittoons on the floor and across the station a glint of light caught my eye” a man was pulling a gold watch from his vest pocket he snapped open the cover glanced at his watch and frowned he wore a derby hat, a black four -button suit with tiny lapels,, and he had a big black handlebar mustache, then I looked around and saw that everyone in the station was dressed like eighteen –ninety -something I never saw so many beards sideburns and fancy mustaches in my life,
A woman walked in through the trains gate she wore a dress with leg-of mutton sleeves and skirts to the top of her high buttoned shoes back of her out one the tracks, I caught a glimpse of a locomotive a very small currier & Ives locomotive with a funnel shaped stack, and then I knew to make sure , I walked over to a newsboy and glanced at the stack of papers at his feet, it was the world and the world hasn’t been published for years, the lead story said something about president cleveland I’ve found that front page
Since in the public Library files and it was printed june 11, 1894, I turned towards the ticket windows knowing that here on the third level at grand central –I could buy tickets that would take Louisa and me anywhere in the United states we wanted to go In the years, 1894 and I wanted two tickets to Galesburg Illinois have you ever been there? it’s a wonderful town still with big old frame houses, huge lawns and tremendous trees whose branches meet overhead and roof the streets and in 1894 ,
summer evenings were twice as long and people sat out on their lawns the men smoking cigars and talking quietly the women waving palm-leaf fans with the fire files all around in a peaceful world to be back there with the first world war still twenty years off and world was II over forty years in the future.. I wanted two tickets for that
The clerk figured the fare–He glanced at my fancy hatband , but he figured the fare — and I had enough for two coach tickets one way, but when I counted out the money and looked up the clerk was starting at me, he nodded at the bills that” ain’t money mister ” he said and if you’re trying to skin me, you won’t get very far ” and he glanced at the cash drawer beside him of course the money was old style bills half again as big as the money we use nowadays , and different looking I turned away and got out fast there’s nothing nice about jail, even in 1894,
And that was that I left the same way I came I suppose, next day during lunch hour , I drew three hundred dollars out of the bank nearly all we had and bought old style currency (that really worried my psychiatrist friend) you can buy old money at almost any coin dealer’s but you have to pay a premium my three hundred dollars bought less than two hundred in old style bills but I didn’t care: eggs were thirteen cents a dozen in 1894,
But I ve’ never again found the corridor that leads to the third level at grand central station although I ve” tired often enough Louisa was pretty worried when I told her all this and didn’t want me to took for the third level any more, and after a while I stopped I went back to my stamps but now we”re both looking every weekend because now we have proof that the third level is still there , my friend sam weiner disappeared! Nobody knew where but I sort of suspected because Sam ‘s a city boy and I used to tell him about Galesburg —I went to school there and he always said he liked the sound of the place and that’s where he is all right In 1894
because one night fussing with my stamp collection I found well do you know what a first day cover is when a new stamp is issued stamp collectors by some—–and use them to mail envelopes to themselves on the very first day of sale and the postmark Proves the date the envelope is called a first day cover they’re never opened you just put blank paper in the envelope that night among my oldest first day covers I found one that shouldn’t have been there but there is it was it was there because someone had mailed it to my grandfather— at his home Galesburg that’s what the address on the envelope said and it had been there since July 18, 1894 the postmark showed that yet I didn’t remember it at
all the stamp was a six-cent dull Brown with a picture of President Garfield naturally when the envelope came to granddad in the mail it went right into his collection and stayed there –still I took it out and opened it the paper inside wasn’t blank it read” SKIP
|941 Willard street|
July 18, 1894
charleyIgot to wishing that you were right, then I got to believing you were right,And charley it’s I found the third level ! I’ve been here two weeks, and right now, down the street at the Daly’s someone is playing a piano, and they’re all out one the front porch singing seeing nelly home, And I”m Invited over for lemonade, come on back charley and Louisa ,keep looking till you find the third level! it’s worth, it believe me!
The note is signed Sam, at the stamp and coin store I go I found out that sam bought eight hundred Dollar’s worth of old style currency that ought to set him up in a nice little hay feed and grain business ” he always said that’s what he really wished he could do and he certainly can’t go back to his old business Not in Galesburg Illinois in 1894 his old business ? why Sam was my psychiatrist
Question And Answer
Question:1 what does the third level refer to?
Answer: The third level refers to the subway of the grand central station that takes passengers to Galesburg Illinois, the third level on the station was a medium of escape for charley the narrator from the harsh realities of modern life it provided him a base where he could interweave fantasy and reality
Question:2 would charley ever go back to the ticket to Galesburg for himself and his wife?
Answer: No charley would never go back to the ticket counter on the third level to buy tickets to Galesburg for himself and his wife because third level was his imagination,
Question:3 do you think the Third Level was a medium of escape for Charley? why?
Answer: yes I think that the third level was a medium of escape for Charley life in modern world is full of insecurity fear was Worries and stress man has to confront them all the times the Harsh realities of Life make living quiet unpleasant and even unbearable so he wants to escape into a wishful world, charley talks to his psychiatrist friend about the third level at the grand central station, his friends calls it’s walking dream wish fulfilment ‘ charley possesses an escapist tendency even his collecting is a temporary refuge from reality
Question:4 what do you inter from Sam’s letter to charley?
Answer: The way charley came across sam’s letter was surrounded in mystery among his oldest first-day covers he found and envelop the envelope containing the letter bore the address of his grandfather it was written on July 18,1894 the postmark showed the picture of President Garfield Generally the first day covers have blank papers in them but this one contained a letter the letter was addressed to charley In the letter sam had informed charley that he was living on the third level he had also told charley and his wife to keep looking for the third, level clearly the letter was the product of charley’s imagination
MCQ Question and answers
Question:1 how did charley confirm that he was on the third level ?
- The Deccan
- the world
- The Hindu
- None of these
Answer: (2) The world
Question:2 Sam was a —-
Question:3 who is the Author of the third level ?
- Anees jung
- Jack finney
- William Douglas
- Colin Dexter
Answer:(2) Jack Finney
Question:4 what is the theme of the lesson ?
- Human Tendency of Escapism Because of the Harsh Realities of the present
- Time Travelling
- theory of Escapism
- None of these
Answer:(1) Human Tendency of Escapism because of the Harsh Realities of the present
Question:5 The third level Refers to—
- past Time
- Sam’s Imagination
- the way To Escape the suffering of present time
- None of these
Answer:(3) the way To Escape the suffering of present time
Question;6 The phrase”Try to skin Means—
- Try to show
- Try To cheat
- Both A nd B
- None of these
Answer:(2) Try To cheat
Question:7 charley Decided To go Galesburg To —–
- Meet sam
- find peace
- find job
- find his father
Answer:(2) find peace
Question:8 what do you mean by Temporary Refuge?
- shelter for short time
- night shelter only
- None of these
Answer:(2) shelter for short time
Question:9 what was sam invited for according to the letter?
- for A party
- For A Tea party
- for A lemonade party
- none of these
Answer:(3) For A lemonade party
Question:10 whose signatures where there on the letter?
- charley’s teacher
- charley’s friend
- None of these