By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
● infer the narrator’s technique of describing a violent and powerful storm in a light-hearted manner. ● express the unity of the family to move things away from the rain. ● arrange the events in order of sequence. ● note the traces of humour through the episode.
The Storm at Night Ruskin Bond
The narrator describes the night as an unexpected storm whipped off the roof and ceiling of his house and the way his adopted family helped him through the difficult situation. The narrator was used to facing such storms and did not worry much though he lived on the top storey of an old house. But that night the high winds ripped off not only the tin roof but also the false ceiling of wooden boards. Soon the rainwater poured in threatening to ruin his belongings of which the typewriter and his collection of books were precious. Fortunately for him, Dolly and Mukesh, the children of the family he stayed with helped him to stack them on their beds and to move the beds to a dry corner of their room. He had to spend the night with the children huddled up on their beds as the snow feel once the rain stopped. The next day, their father set about to get the roof repaired and by the evening it was almost done.
Though this is a description of a very violent and heavy storm, the difficulties faced by the narrator and his adopted family is softened by the warmth of human help and caring. The writer presents the unpleasantness of the weather and the storm against the instances of concern shown by the children who helped him move his typewriter, papers and books to their room to pile them on beds. Later, their father brings the carpenter and the tinsmith to repair the roof. Even though the storm was very harsh and powerful, the writer describes the events in an extremely humorous manner which makes the story extremely enjoyable to read and makes them forget about the hardships and difficulties all of them faced.
1.Where does the speaker live? 2.Describe the house? 3.What do you think the story will be about? 4.Who were the members in the adopted family? 5.How does the speaker describe the storm? 6.What did they all do on the stormy night? Why did the speaker jump out of bed suddenly? 7.What were his other belongings that were ruined by the rain? 8.Why did they have to move his books and papers to their bed? 9.How do we know Mukesh care for wild animals? 10.What happened when the storm passed? 11.How does the writer describe the snow? 12.What did the children’s father do to get the roof and ceiling repaired? 13.Why does the writer say they are not worried about the next storm?
1. stood against: remained firm and strong 2. two-storeyed: with two floors 3. ceiling: the inner part of a roof 4. groaned: made noises as if in pain 5. comfort: safety 6. ripping: tearing quickly and noisily 7. precious: very important and greatly loved 8. stumbled: walked with difficulty 9. huddled: sat close together to be warm 10. settling: coming down and staying in one place