1. What was the matter with the attendant as he walked with Miss Joan to the hotel? Why did they not talk to each other?
The reason why they did not talk was because of the parting. According to the author, having a wonderful experience of three months, Miss Joan was reluctant to part but, had to. So, she was quite upset.
2. After reading the passage can you give reasons to show what caste the attendant belonged to?
The attendant belonged to an “untouchable” caste. This is evident from the fact that, on realizing his caste, he pulled himself together from his temptation to touch her.
3. The author mentions the chenar trees of Kashmir. Give a brief but graphic description of these trees.
The Chenar trees are magnificent, vibrant tree whose leaves change colors to red and yellow during the autumn season. The colorful leaves dot the autumn landscape of Kashmir, bringing cheer to people. Kashmir is characterized by the beauty of Chenar trees.
4. “I think the parting was disturbing her.” Was it the romantic atmosphere of the surroundings, the thought of having to leave Kashmir, the kindness of her attendant, or thoughts of home that were the cause of the disturbance?
It was possibly the the kindness of her attendant that was disturbing Miss Joan. She was trying to express something – a fancy of her own, or the subconscious knowledge of the secret, consuming passion of her attendant.
5. Why does the author call Srinagar a romantic city? Give the meaning of “romantic.” Show how it may apply to Srinagar.
Srinagar is characterized by calm waters of the canals shining between gigantic and vivid Chenar trees. Houseboat rides and nocturnes floating over the water make Srinagar nights romantic.
6. Why did Miss Joan give the attendant a ten-rupee note? Do friends do such things?
No, friends don’t do such things. However, Miss Joan gave the attendant a ten-rupee note as a gesture and reward for his kindness.