The Browning Version-[CBSE]- class 11 chapter-6 Explanations Word Meanings, Question and answers

The Browning Version class 11 chapter 6 ,Explanation word-Meanings Question and answers

The browning version class 11 chapter 6 Book English Hornbill The browning version word Meaning and Detailed explanation of the chapter 6 along with the meaning of difficult words .Also the Explanation is followed by a Introduction and word meaning of the chapter. all the Exercises and Question and answer given at the back of the lesson have been covered.

The browning Version by

(Terence Rattigan )

the browning version class 11
The browning version
The Browning version class 11 Introduction

This play is an extract from Terence Rattigan’s play, the browning Version ,’ it is the last day at a school while all other students have left after school time Taplow has to stay behind he has been given extra work to do because he had been ill for a day during the week and missed the class his teacher Mr, Crocker harris has told him that he would come at 6:30 and see the work done by him it is already 6:40 and Mr, Crocker harris hasn’t come yet another teacher named frank comes there he sees Taplow waiting for Mr, Crocker harris he tells Taplow that he should go because Mr, Crocker harris hasn’t arrived so far but Taplow doesn’t dare to do that frank feels Jealous to see that students hold Mr, Crocker-harris in such Fear he encourages Taplow to make fun of Mr, Crocker-harris In the Meantime Mrs, Crocker-harris comes there she says that her husband has gone somewhere and it would take him quite some time to come back she asks Taplow to go and play Until Mr, Crocker-harris comes still Taplow is afraid to go she says that she will take the blame on herself and sends Taplow to a chemist to get some medicine Clearly her Chief Purpose is not to get the Medicine but to help the poor boy enjoy freedom for some time at least,

The Browning version class 11 Characters
  1. Taplow—16 Year old boy
  2. Frank–Young Teacher
  3. Crocker-harris–middle age teacher
  4. Millie-Crocker-Harris–She is the wife of Crocker Harris
The Browning version class 11 About the author

Sir Terence Mervyn Ratting (10 June 1911-30 November 1977) was a British dramatis. he was one of England’s most Popular mid-twentieth century dramatists, his plays are typically set in an upper-middle class background . he wrote ‘the Winslow boy’ the browning version’ the deep blue Sea’ and Separate tables’ among many others.

The Browning version class 11 Main theme

The Browning version is an extract from a play by Terence Rattigan. Taplow a sixteen-years old student has to meet his teacher Mr Crocker-harris at 6:30 p.m in order to make up for some classes he had missed while he waits for Mr harris. he meets Frank, a science teacher in the school, and the two get into conversation. mostly they talk about Mr Crocker-harris whom Taplow calls ‘ crock Mr. Crocker-harris emerges as a strict disciplinarian who speaks gently even when he is not saying anything pleasing to the students. In spite of his strictness, Taplow likes him and Frank envies he is not a sadist like some other teacher. towards the end of the play, Millie, Crocker-harris ‘wife enters she knows about Taplow’s extra work, she sends him away.

The Browning version class 11 Explanations

Frank: Do it know you?

TaplowNo sir”

Frank: what’s Your name?

Taplow :Taplow

Frank: Taplow! No, I don’t You’re not a scientist I gather?

Taplow : No sir” I m still in the lower fifth , I can’t Specialise Until next term–That’s to say if ve got my remove all right

Frank: Don’t you know if you ve” got your remove?

Taplow: NO sir Mr, Crocker-harris doesn’t tell us the results like that other masters,

Frank: why not

Taplow: well you know what he’s like sir,

Frank: I believe there is a rule that form results should only be announced by the headmaster on the last day of term

Taplow: Yes–but who else pays attention to it –except Mr, Crocker-harris

Frank: I don’t admit-but that’s no Criterion so you’ve got to wait until tomorrow to know your fate, have you”

Taplow: yes sir,

Frank: supposing the answer is Favourable -what then?

Taplow: Oh–science sir of course

Frank: (sadly) yes we get all the slackers

Taplow: (protestingly) “i m extremely interested in science I have to teach,

Taplow: well anyway ,sir it’s good deal more Exciting than this muck ( indicating his book )

Frank: what is this muck?

Taplow: Aeschylus sir, the Agamemnon

frank: and your considered view is that the Agamemnon

Taplow: well no” sir i don’t think the play is muck–exactly I suppose in a way, it’s rather a good plot really a wife murdering her husband and all that, i only meant the way, it’s taught to us –just a lot of Greek words strung together and fifty lines if you get them wrong

Frank: You sound a little bitter, Taplow

Taplow: I am rather , sir

Frank: kept i eh?

Taplow: No sir Extra work

Frank: Extra work-on the last day of school?

Taplow: yes sir and i might be playing golf you’d think he’d have enough to do anyway himself considering he’s leaving tomorrow for good–but Oh no, i missed a day last week when I was ill so here I am and look at the weather, sir

Frank: Bad luck still there’s one comfort you’re pretty well certain to get your remove tomorrow for being a good boy in taking extra wrok

Taplow: well’ I m not so sure sir, that would be true of the ordinary masters, all right they just wouldn’t dare not to give a chap a remove after his taking extra work but those sort of rules don’t apply to the Crock-Mr Crocker-harris I asked him yesterday outright if he’d give me a remove and do you know what he said,sir ?

Frank: No what?

Taplow: ( Imitating in a very gentle rather throaty voice) My dear Taplow I have given you exactly what you deserve, No less and certainly no more, do you know sir I think he may have marked me down rather than up for taking extra work I mean the man’s hardly human ( he breaks off quickly) sorry sir, have I gone too far?

Frank: yes much too far

Taplow: sorry sir i got carried away

Frank: Evidently ( he picks up a newspaper and opens it ) —Er Taplow

Taplow: yes sir ?

Frank: what was that Crocker-harris said to you? just er –repeat it would you ?

Taplow: (imitating again ) My dear Taplow, I have given you exactly what you deserve no less, and certainly no more

Frank: ( looking severe) Not in the least like him Read your nice Aeschylus,

Frank: look what time did Mr, Crocker-harris tell you to be here?

Taplow:; six-thirty sir,

Frank: well he’s ten minutes late why don’t you cut? you would still play golf before lock-up

Taplow: ( really shocked ) Oh no I couldn’t cut cut the Crock-Mr Crocker-harris ?I shouldn’t think it’s ever been done in the whole time he’s been god knows what would happen if did he’d probably follow me home or something —

Frank; I must admit I envy him the effect he seems to have on you boys in the form you all seem scared to death of him what does he do beat you all or something ?

Taplow: good lord no he’s not a sadist, like one or two of the others,

Frank: I beg your pardon?

Taplow: A sadist, sir is someone who gets pleasure out of giving pain

Frank: Indeed? but I think you went to on say the some other masters

Taplow: well of course they are sir, I won’t mention names but you know them as well as I do course I know most masters think we boys don’t understand a thing –but sir you’re different –and you’re science you must know what sadism is,

Frank: (after a pause ) good lord! what are our schools coming to?

Taplow: anyway the Crock ins’t a sadist that’s what I”m saying he wouldn’t be so frightening if he were–because at least it would show he had some feelings but he hasn’t he’s all shrivelled up inside like a nut and he seems to hate people to like him it’s funny that I don’t know any other master who doesn’t like being liked–

Frank: and I don’t know any boy who doesn’t use that for his own purposes

Taplow: well, it’s natural sir, but not with me Crock

Frank: Mr, Crocker-harris

Taplow: Mr, Crocker -harris the funny thing is that in spite of everything I do rather like him I Can’t help it and sometimes I think he sees it and that seems to Shrivel him up even more-

Frank: I”m sure you’re exaggerating

Taplow: No sir, I”:m not in form the other day he made one of his classical jokes of course nobody laughed because nobody understood it myself Included still I knew he’d meant it as funny so I laughed out of Ordinary common politeness and feelings a bit sorry for him for having made a poor joke Now i Can’t remember what the joke was I suppose I make it now you laugh sir, (frank laughs )

Taplow: (in a gentle throaty voice ) Taplow-you laughed at my little joke I noticed I must confess that I am pleased at the advance your Latin has made since you so readily have understood what the rest of the form did not Perhaps now you would be good enough to explain it to them so that they too can share your pleasure

(The door up R, is pushed open and milk Crocker-harris enters, she is a thin woman in the late thirties, rather more smartly dressed than the general run of schoolmaster’s wives she is Wearing a cape and Carries a shopping basket, she close the door and then stands by the screen watching Taplow and frank It is a few seconds before they notice her),

Frank:” Come along Taplow, ( Moves slowly above the desk) do not be so selfish as to keep a good joke to Yourself tell the others..(he breaks off suddenly, Noticing Millie) Oh Lord!

Frank:” Oh hullo,

Millie:” ( without Expression) Hullo (she comes down to the sideboard and puts her basket on it)

Taplow:” (Moving up to Lo of Frank, whispering frantically) do you think she heard?

Frank:” (shakes his head Comfortingly Millie, takes off her Cape and hangs it on the hall-stand ) I think she did, she was standing there quite a time,

Taplow:” if she did and she tells him, there goes my Remove

Frank” Nonsense, ( he Crosses to the Fireplace ) ( Millie takes the basket from the sideboard moves, above the table and puts the basket on it, )

Millie:” (To Taplow) waiting for my husband?

Taplow:“(moving down L. of the table) Er–Yes

Millie” he’s at the Bursar’s and might be there quite a time if I were you I”d go,

Millie” well why don’t you run away for a Quarter of an hour and come back?” (she unpacks some things from the basket),

Taplow” supposing he gets here before me?”

Millie” (smiling ) I”II take the blame (she takes a prescription out of the basket) I tell you that you can do a job for me take this prescription to the Chemist and get it made up,

Taplow” all right Mrs, Crocker-harris ( he Crosses towards the door up R, )

  1. Criterion—आधार
  2. Favourable–सुखद
  3. Slackers–काम से मन चुराने वाले
  4. Muck–कूड़ा कबाड़ा
  5. Considering–ध्यान में रखते हुए
  6. Pretty well–बहुत अछि तरह से
  7. Agamemnon–अपना पहला नाटक
  8. Shrivelled–मुरझाया हुआ
  9. Relieved— सहायता देना
  10. Prescription–नुसख़ा
The Browning version class 11 Question and answers

Question:1 why did Crocker-Harris give extra work to taplow?

Answer: Crocker-Harris was a strict disciplinarian Taplow had missed a day during the week Crocker wanted him to make it up so he gave him extra work,

Question:2 Why did Crocker harris not disclose the results like the other teachers?

Answer” It was a rule that class results would be announced by the headmaster alone the other teachers didn’t care for this rule but Crocker-harris was a man of principles, he never disclosed the results like the other teachers,

Question:3 Why did Frank feel Jealous of Crocker?

Answer” Frank was also a teacher like Crocker he saw that students held Mr, Crocker in great feat and respect, that was why he felt Jealous of Crocker,

Question:4 Comment on the attitude by Taplow towards Crocker-Harris

Answer” Taplow is Crocker-Harris student Crocker is a very strict teacher but he has his own principles he is true to his duty it is the last day of the term, Crocker is going to leave the school for good yet he gives Taplow extra to do he does so because Taplow had Missed a day during the week for being ill, it Might sound Cruel on Crocker’s part to Detain Taplow while all other students have gone Most teachers tell the students about their result before the headmaster declares it, but this he has all respect for his teacher he is afraid of him but he does not dislike him he loves to go and play but doesn’t dare to leave without Crocker’s Permission his fear is tinged with respect not hatred

Question:5 Does frank seem to encourage Taplow’s Comments on Crocker-Harris?

Answer” Frank and Crocker-harris are both teacher in Taplow’s school Crocker is a very strict teacher he is a man of discipline he has his own principles he is true to his duty he never does any Favour or disfavour to his students he gives what one deserves students are scared of him but the don’t dislike him they have deep respect for him frank feels Jealous of Crocker so he encourages Taplow to say things against Crocker and mock at him but Taplow does nothing of the kind his act of imitating Crocker is no sing of disrespect, it is simply an act of Mimicry it is only by way of Humour that he does no there is no disrespect in it, but the way frank encourage Taplow to do it is not like a teacher In trying to degrade Crocker-Harris he degrade himself only,

The browning version class 11 Extra Question and Answer

Question”1 why did Taplow have to stay back at school ?

Answer” As punishment from crocker-harris , Taplow had to do extra work for having missed a day school

Question”2 why is Taplow bitter?

Answer” Taplow is bitter because he has been called to school on the last day. he would rather by playing golf

Question”4 why is Taplow in school at 6:30 p.m on the last day of school ?

Answer” Taplow has been called by crocker-harris to do extra time because he had missed a class earlier. therefore, Taplow is in school on the evening of the last school day.

Question”5 why could Taplow not understand Crocker-harris joke? why did then he laugh at it ?

Answer” Taplow could not understand crocker-harris joke because he had not read the book in question. he laughed just to humour crocker-harris .

Question”6 what Impression of Frank do you get as a teacher?

Answer” Frank continues to talk and ask about crocker-harris but maintains the dignity of a teacher. when Taplow gets carried away and speaks a bit disrespectfully, frank points it out. he seems to want to know what kind of a person crocker-harris is.

Question”7 what does Taplow feel about Mr Crocker-harris ?

Answer” Taplow does not like Crocker-harris he says he’s hardly human-but does not want to out’ to cut’ or away without permission. he feels Crocker-harris is different from other teacher

The browning version class 11 MCQ’s Question and Answer

Question”1 what does Remove’ Mean in the chapter?

  1. A division in British schools
  2. take away something
  3. unfasten
  4. get rid of

Question”2 How did Frank react upon the arrival of Mrs. Crocker-harris ?

  1. he was happy
  2. he was nervous
  3. he was relieved
  4. nothing as such

Question”3 Does Taplow think that Mr. Crocker-harris is baised ?

  1. yes
  2. no
  3. may be
  4. Can’t say

Question”4 where was Mr. Crocker-harris ?

  1. At the bursar’s
  2. At home
  3. At market
  4. At library

Question”5 why was Taplow worried that Mrs. Crocker-harris might have heard what they were saying?

  1. as she had been standing for a few minutes when they were busy talking
  2. as she interrupted them taking about his husband
  3. as she heard them taking about principal
  4. don’t know

Question”6 How would you describe millie Crocker-harris ?

  1. thin woman, late thirties, smartly dressed
  2. fat woman, forties
  3. thin woman, in her twenties
  4. thin woman, smartly dressed

Question”7 what is the name of Mr. Crocker-harris’s wife ?

  1. Millie Crocker-harris
  2. Miley Crocker-harris
  3. Maley Crocker-harris
  4. Never noticed

Question”8 what short name does Taplow call Mr. Crocker-harris in his absence ?

  1. Crock
  2. Harris
  3. Crocker
  4. Teacher

Question”9 At what time was Mr. Harris supposed to come to school ?

  1. six-thirty
  2. seven
  3. eleven
  4. twelve

Question”10 why did Taplow call Mr. Crocker-harris hardly human?

  1. because he is a sadist
  2. he is all shriveled up
  3. he is very rude to everyone
  4. he finds peace in failing students.

MCQ’s Answers

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