Panorama English Reader Class 10 Solutions Chapter 6 Two Horizons
Point out the features of the two letters in terms of their format, language, and tone.
The features of two letters are simple exchange of love and affection between a mother and an educated middle-class daughter. The format of the language is old. The language is simple but the tone of the daughter is reactionary. Mother’s tone of language is suggestive.
‘It was only your existence inside me that made me laugh on Why does the daughter say so? What does she mean by ‘laugh on’?
The words ‘laugh on’ have mysterious sense approach: The daughter has got an adverse situation in her in-law’s house. Anyhow she entertains herself recalling in her memory the simple teaching and nature of her own mother.
Comment on the bond between the mother and her daughter.
The bond between the mother and her daughter is that of love, affection and above all womanhood in Indian background.
‘Nobody can ever tell you that you didn’t know how to bring up in your daughter’! What does ‘bring up your daughter’ imply here?
‘Bring up your daughter’ is used in ironic sense. The daughter bears on and tolerates every injustice with her with stoic patience. If there is any complaint against the daughter, her own mother is charged for it. A daughter is taught by her mother how to remain peacefully in her in-law’s house. This is ironical situation yet found in our country so it has been said like that.
Sketch the character of the mother. How far does your mother resemble her?
Mother is an example of stoic patience, love, and affection for her daughter. She warns her daughter to not fill in wrath of male members. Mother has experienced the strange behavior of the daughter’s father. She expresses it in her letter. My mother is a bit different. She never discourages me. She is always ready to quarrel with anyone provided she finds me at right assertion.
Why is the daughter filled with a sense of weariness and emptiness? Have you ever experienced like her?
Daughter’s dream vanished in her in-law’s house. She could not find the situation favorable according to her desire and need. No. I have not experienced it yet and pray god to not to put me in such hostile situation.
What did the mother feel after going through her daughter’s letter?
The mother felt very happy after reading her daughter’s letter. Because it had come after a very long time. She answered her daughter with a sense of high optimism. She wrote, “I believe you can touch the horizon of that infinite.”
How does the mother analyses the situation? Do you agree with clear analysis and the solution that she suggests?
The mother analyses the situation very carefully. She understands everything. No. I don’t agree with such false notion and long term optimism. I believe in tit for tat and immediate decision. I believe girls or women must be respected in every house and contemporary society.
What picture of the status of women in the family is represented in ‘Two Horizons’? Do you find any trace of generation gap in the approach to life shown by the mother and her daughter?
Yes. The status of woman has been depicted in innocent manner. There are two prime instances of generation gap between the daughter and the mother. The daughter does not like bondage but the mother teaches her to bear an everything with stoic patience. Another example is the realistic approach of the daughter. She does not like to remain in false dream. But her mother knows the secret of great optimism. Daughters of modern age cannot be so stoic and an optimist in fiasco.
Do it yourself.