Anupam Mishra is teaching live on Unacademy Plus
Reading Comprehension For the CAT The Genre Series Module 11 Session 4 Second Chance" A Course By: Anupam Mishra
Structure & flow of Sessions. Reading the Passage Para-wise Summary Central Idea Word- meanings No specific Questions to be solved (Shall have a separate course for that)
Some Quips about the Passage O Passage part of: The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow' O Was an English humorist and writer. O Also acted in plays under the stage name Harold Crichton. O His major works include ldle thoughts of an Idle Fellow, Three Men on the Bummel, Three Men in a Boat, Autobiography-My Life and Times, etc O "Time is but the shadow of the world upon the background of Eternity." Author Jerome K. Jerome
The Passage (part 1) Long, long ago, when you and I, dear Reader, were young, when the fairies dwelt in the hearts of the roses, when the moonbeams bent each night beneath the weight of angels' feet, there lived a good, wise man. Or rather, I should say, there had lived, for at the time of which I speak the poor old gentleman lay dying. Waiting each moment the dread summons, he fell a-musing on the life that stretched far back behind him. How full it seemed to him at that moment of follies and mistakes, bringing bitter tears not to himself alone but to others also. How much brighter a road might it have been, had he been wiser, had he known!
The Passage (part 2) "Ah, me!" said the good old gentleman, "If only I could live my life again in the light of experience." Now as he spoke these words he felt the drawing near to him of a Presence, and thinking it was the One whom he expected, raising himself a little from his bed, he feebly cried, "I am ready." But a hand forced him gently back, a voice saying, "Not yet; I bring life, not death. Your wish shall be granted. You shall live your life again, and the knowledge of the past shall be with you to guide you. See you use it. will come again." Then a sleep fell upon the good man, and when he awoke, he was again a little child, lying in his mother's arms; but, locked within his brain was the knowledge of the life that he had lived already. So once more he lived and loved and laboured.
The Passage (part 3) So a second time he lay an old, worn man with life behind him. And the angel stood again beside his bed; and the voice said, "Well, are you content now? "I am well content," said the old gentleman. "Let Death come." And have you understood?" asked the angel "I think so," was the answer; "that experience is but as of the memory of the pathways he has trod to a traveller journeying ever onward into an unknown land. I have been wise only to reap the reward of folly. Knowledge has ofttimes kept me from my good. I have avoided my old mistakes only to fall into others that I knew not of. I have reached the old errors by new roads. Where I have escaped sorrow I have lost joy. Where I have grasped happiness I have plucked pain also. Now let me go with Death that I may learn.."
Para-Summaries Paragraph -1 O The narrator tells a tale where he vividly describes a scene from the past, where an old man lies on his deathbed mulling over all the follies & mistakes of his life. Wonders how he could've done things differently. Paragraph 2 O In the conversation as he gets ready to part with life post expressing his regret, Death/Angel comes & gives him another chance to live his life but this time with his experiences &learnings refained.
Para-Summaries Paragraph-3 O He's again lying in his deathbed a 2nd time after having lived another life. The angel comes & asks if he is content now & if he has understood. Old-man spnds in the atimalive expressing what he has come to understand.
Central Idea of Passage P1: The narrator tells a tale where he vividly describes a scene from the past, where an old man lies on his deathbed mulling over all the follies & mistakes of his life. P2: She goes on to regard Patriotism as a superstition & compares it with religion. Explains the genesis of Religion as a superstition. P3: He's again lying in his deathbed a 2nd time after having lived another life. The angel comes & asks if he is content now & if he has understood. Old-man responds in the affirmative expressing what he has come to understand. The central idea that the author has endeavored to drive home via this fable is probably that Joy & sorrow are part n parcel of life, at max you can choose for a different set may be.
Word-meanings (Contextual) O Moonbeams O Follies O Ofttimes O Feebly O Worn O Plucked Moonlight Stupidity Often Shakily. Weakly Tired Seized. Grasped