Play No 3 The Oyster and the Pearl First Year English Notes

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Play No. 3 The Oyster and the Pearl Here we are uploading notes of "The Oyster and the Pear" for first year students. These not...

Play No. 3 The Oyster and the Pearl

Here we are uploading notes of "The Oyster and the Pear" for first year students. These notes are according to the all Punjab Boards and Federal Board.


Important Questions
Q. Where does the play take place? imp
Ans. The play takes play at Harry Van Dusen’s barber shop in O.K. by-the-Sea. California.

Q. Why is Harry sitting in the barbers’ chair? imp
Ans. Harry is seated in barber’s chair because the boy, Clay Larrabee, is giving him a haircut.

Q. According to Harry, how does one bring merriment to the tired old human heart? imp
Ans. According to Harry, one brings merriment to the tired old human heart if he composes a symphony, paints a picture, write a book and invents a philosophy.

Q. What is Harry’s philosophy? Is it applicable today? imp
Ans. The exact words of his philosophy are “Take it easy way”. He takes everything easy and does not worry about anything. He believes in “Eat drink and be merry”. This philosophy is not applicable today.

Q. How much did Harry pay for his barber shop? How long has he been in O.K.-by-the-Sea? imp
Ans. Harry got barber’s shop in seventy-five dollars along with a free haircut. He has been in O.K.-by-The Sea for last twenty-four years.

Q. How many barbers are there in O.K.-by-the-Sea?
Ans. There were no other barbers except Harry in the O.K.-by-the-Sea.

Q. How much does Harry charge for a haircut?
Ans. Harry charges one dollar for a haircut. But he generally takes a half or a quarter. He is the only barber in the town. He happened to come here 24 years ago.

Q. Where is Clay going?
Ans. Clay is a poor boy. His father has deserted them. He is going down to the beach to collect sea shells and other things.

Q. Why does Clay need money?
Ans. Clay needs money because he wants to get his father back from Sanilas and also to buy a present for his mother.

Q. What has happened to Clay’s father? imp
Ans. Clay’s father, Clark Larrabee was unable to meet the needs of his house. He quarreled with his wife and left his house without any information.

Q. What does Clay want to put in the local newspaper? imp
Ans. Clay gives an advertisement in the local newspaper to request his father to return home. He also ensures his father that his fishing tackle is safe and sound in the closet. He requests him to forget harsh memories of past, because all the family members miss him.

Q. Who is Miss McCutcheon? How does she feel about her job? imp
Ans. Miss McCutcheon is a new teacher. She feels that job is tiresome and difficult because the children are rude. They are not interested in their studies. She is looking for a chance to teach good students. So, she wants to quite but at the same time she wants to continue.

Q. What is Miss McCutcheon looking for? How does she feel about children of the Town?
Ans. Miss McCutcheon is looking for a chance to teach the children at O.K.-by-the-Sea. She is very disappointed with the town children. They are ill-mannered, unruly and disobedient. They are only interested in games and the sea.

Q. What does Harry advise her to do? imp
Ans. Harry advise her to return San Francisco as she would not be able to achieve her goal of teaching at O.K.-by-the Sea due to the non-seriousness of the students.

Q. What kind of haircut does Miss McCutcheon want?
Ans. Miss McCutcheon wanted a poodle haircut.

Q. Where has Clark Larrabee been? How did he get to the O.K.-by-the-Sea?
Ans. Clark Larrabee has been working in Salinas for last one month. He got a ride down in a truck, which stopped for gasoline near O.K.-by-the-Sea. There met his son (Clay) by chance.

Q. What does Clark give Harry? For what purpose? imp
Ans. Clark hand over thirty dollars to Harry which he saved in one month at Sanilas. He wants to give this amount to his son, Clay to meet the needs of the family.

Q. What did Clay find near black rock? imp
Ans. Clay found an oyster near the black rock.

Q. What does Clay believe in the oyster? How much is its worth?
Ans. Clay believes that there is a pearl in the oyster and its worth would be 300 dollars.

Q. Does Miss McCutcheon believe that there is a pearl in the oyster?
Ans. Miss McCutcheon believes that there is no pearl in the oyster.

Q. Why does Miss McCutcheon have a chair with three legs?
Ans. Miss McCutcheon has a chair with three legs because she wants to bring things from the sea as others. She also wants to see children at the beach to understand them better.

Q. What kind of Judge is Judge Applegarth? imp
Ans. Judge Applegarth once judged animals at a country fair. Since then he is known as Judge.

Q. What does Greeley have in the Bottle?
Ans. Greeley has sea water in the bottle.

Q. Why do they want Wozzeck to come? imp
Ans. They believe that Wozzeck would open the oyster without damaging the pearl.

Q. How does Harry describe the inhabitants of O.K.-by-the-Sea? imp
Ans. Harry describes the inhabitants of the O.K.-by-the-Sea as poor and deprived. They do not find jobs for longer time. They usually get jobs for a couple of months at North or South, but soon they decide to come back home due to homesickness.

Q. Why does the Judge think that Miss McCutcheon will not last as a teacher? What kind of teacher does he think in needed?
Ans. Judge Applegarth thinks that Miss McCutcheon will not last as a teacher in O.K.-by-the-Sea because the students here are non-serious and unruly. He believes that O.K.-by-the-Sea school needs an old battle-axe teacher as he used to have in his school times.

Q. What is Applegarth’s complaint about the sea? imp
Ans. Judge Applegarth complains that the sea is not washing up good stuff anymore.

Q. What kind of gadget does the writer describe? imp
Ans. The people of USA get a gadget in New York like a safety razor which can give a haircut to anybody.

Q. Why buys the oyster? How much does he pay? imp
Ans. The writer buys the oyster in three hundred dollars.

Q. Why does Clark Larrabee return?
Ans. Clark returns to meet Clay and hands over handsome amount for his family through Harry.

Q. What does the writer do with the oyster?
Ans. He puts the oyster in his coat pocket.

Additional Questions
Q. What was known about Harry’s dress? Imp
Ans. Harry never put on a barber’s white jacket to work but he did not work without a hat on his head.

Q. Who was Miss McCutcheon? “OR” What do you know about Miss McCutcheon? imp
Ans. Miss McCutcheon was a school teacher at O.K.-by-the-Sea permanently because he was not looking for anything more in life.

Q. What does the newspaper “O.K.-by-the-Sea Gull” publish?
Ans. The newspaper “O.K.-by-the-Sea Gull” was generally published on every Saturday.

Q. What was the condition of Clay’s family after the sudden departure of his father from home?
Ans. After the sudden departure of Clay’s father, his family lived on the saved money but afterwards they had nothing left for further utilization.
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