4. a. Why did Mrs. Packletide wish
to kill a tiger?

Answer-The vehement desire
of Mrs. Packletide to kill a tiger is an embodiment of envy towards Looona Bimberton,
her friendly enemy. The stunning act of Loona Bimberton i.e. a flying in an
airplane for 11 miles with an Algerian aviator, caused Mrs. Packletide to be
restless and sleep deprived. To give the perfect jab she had decided upon the
point of killing a tiger and exposing to all and especially Loona Bimberton.

4. b)What made her decide to give a party in Loona
Bimberton’s honour? What did she intend to give Loona on her birthday? 

Answer- Loona Bimberton’s
exposing works of flying in the airplane forced Mrs. Packletide to answer
accordingly. To answer she planned to kill a tiger and make a great affair. She
planned to present herself in all the newspapers and magazines with the snaps
and the story. Apart from publishing those in newspapers she had also planned
to organize a luncheon party. With pretention she wanted to arrange the party
in Loona Bimberton’s honour. Her sole motto was to dip Loona Bimberton in the
ocean of envy.

            She was desirous to present  a tiger claw brooch on Loona Bimberton’s

4. c) How was the tiger shooting
arranged? What kind of a tiger was chosen for the purpose?

Answer- Mrs. Packletide, a
superannuated woman, was not at all desirous to go for risk or hard work to
kill a tiger. So she declared the reward of one thousand rupees for a person or
group who would arrange the killing. Fortunately Mrs. Packletide got a village
arranging the same.

            The tiger was ill, old and weak. It was chosen for easy
killing and less risk.

4. d) In what way did the villagers help
Mrs. Packletide shoot the tiger?

Answer- The villagers, keen
to grasp the money, arranged the shooting of the tiger. They chose an adjacent
forest with an old and weak tiger living in it. They kept tiger alive with poor
quality of goats and a group of young boys guarding the forest. On the day of
shoot they had kept tethered a  goat and
had arranged a platform on the trees for a convincing shoot. 

4. e)   Who was Miss Mebbin? Was she
really devoted to Mrs. Packletide? How did she behave during the tiger

Answer-  Mrs. Packletide being a lonely old lady, had
hired Miss Mebbin, a  paid attendant .

No, Miss Mebbin was a woman
who had only a right match with money. Without any doubt she was not at all
devoted Mrs Packletide.

During the shooting of the
tiger, Miss Mebbin had been a good judge to accumulate the money paid in
proportionate to service accomplished. She had a super parsimonious attitude
towards money irrespective of tiger and villagers.

f) Mrs. Packletide was a good shot.

Answer-Mrs Packletice was an
amateur. This is beyond doubt when we see her to miss a mile and to shoot the
goat instead. A dot of salt it was for her in her rejoicing when it was discovered
that her shot was in vain. So good (!) was the shot resulting in damage of her
money and an unending anxiety.

g) What comment did Miss Mebbin make
after Mrs Packletide had fired the shot?

Why did Miss Mebbin make this comment? How did Mrs Packletide react to this

Answer- Apart from being a spendthrift Miss Mebbin was fault finder too. After
a perfect spotting the shoot she, out of habit discovered the wrong i.e. the
killing the goat instead of the tiger. Later Miss Mebbin commented “ How amused
everyone would be if they knew what really happened”.

            Mrs. Mebbin got Mrs. Packletide in uneasy state after she
found the unnoticed thing.
Her motto was to abuse the
sentiment of Mrs.Packletide and make a little property.A paid woman Miss Mebbin
didn’t feel to support Mrs Packletide .Rather she contrived to utilize the
chance & co-incidence.

Mrs. Packtotide at the
beginning tried to overrule her blackmail but soon she understood that she had
no other way but to comply with the conditions of Miss Mebbin. She was very
much annoyed with her..

h) How did the villagers react to the
tiger’s death?

Answer- The villagers  with the sole target of acquiring money on the
event of the tiger’s death was rejoicing in chorus. They managed the fact that
Mrs Packletide could not kill the tiger and made her understand that she was
only the reason for the death of the tiger and hence she had only been the killer.
They, both in the forest & village had been merry & rejoiced beating tom
– toms.  

i) Do you think Mrs. Packletide was
able to achieve her heart’s desire? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer-Mrs Packletide was
successful in creating a galore of jealousy in Loona Bimberton after having the
pictures in the newspaper and magazine. Loona Bimberton forced by social etiquette
had to answer the letter of Mrs. Packletide but declined the luncheon party owing
to the danger of spilling emotions.

4. j) How did Miss Mebbin manage to
get her week-end cottage? Why did she plant so many tiger lilies in her garden?

Answer- Miss mebbin, perfect
example of selfishness and narrow-mindedness, made unfair advantages of chance
and coincidence appeared due to the failure of Mrs. Packletide in killing the
tiger. She blackmailed Mrs. Packletide of leaking out the sensational truth and
became the owner of the cottage.

Symbolic is the tiger lilies
in her garden referring to her unexpected ownership of the cottage due to the
killing of the tiger.

4. k) “The incidental expenses
are so heavy,” she confides to inquiring friends. Who is the speaker? What
is she referring to here?


Answer-Mrs. Packletide is
the speaker of the above quoted lines. She is referring to the burdens of
expenses she had to endure owing to the blackmailing of Miss Mebbin. She was
compelled to cut loose a handsome amount of money to meet with the desires of
Miss Mebbin.

5. ) (a):

Do you think the tiger shooting organized by the villagers was a serious

Give reasons for your answer.


Answer-Tiger shooting
arranged by the villagers was a serious affair. The whole village got indulged
in the process of making the shooting of the tiger a fruitful one. They guarded
the forest to ascertain the presence of the tiger in the forest, provided food
in the form of poor quality goats and took active part in group to see wild
beast a lifeless one.

5. b) Do you think the writer is trying to make fun of the
main characters in the story i.e. Mrs. Packletide, Miss Mebbin and Loona
Bimberton? Pick out instances from the story that point to this fact.

Answers-Yes, the above
quoted characters are ironically satired. Mrs. Packletide is mocked for her sense
of jealousy towards Loona Bimberton through her activities to undermine her
friendly enemy. On the contrary Loona Bimberton had been even a sufferer of inferiority
complex which is unfolded in her meaningless act of flying in an airplane to
make Mrs Packletide jealous .Miss Mebbin is also mocked by the narrator as she
is delineated as a money minded spend thrift lady.

5.c) (c):A
person who is vain is full of self importance and can only think of
himself/herself and can go to great lengths to prove his/her superiority. Do
you think Mrs Packletide is vain? Give reasons in support of your answer.

Answer- Aptly Mrs.
Packletide was lady of vain. She had decided to a big extent to fulfill her
biased target. She was totally taken up by the increasing jealousy against
Loona Bimberton. She had a sacrifice of a handsome amount of money fanatically
only to create a little sense of enmity in Loona Bimberton. She was though
partially successful; her superiority was totally crushed and questioned by
Miss Mebbin.

5.  (d):Sometimes
writers highlight certain negative aspects in society or human beings by making
fun of it. This is called satire. In your groups discuss whether you would
classify this story as a satire. Give reasons to support your answer

Answer- This story is an apt
example of satire. The narrator through the fun made in the story highlighted
the negativities of the society. People in the society mainly the rich are
controlled not by love and hunger but by money, status, and jealousy. The story
is to hint narrow minded and rich people and their habit paranoia.

5. e) How does the writer
create humor in this story?

Answer- The writer made
extensive use of humour to make to story to be lively one. The character like
Miss Mebbin and the activities of Mrs. Packletide and Loona Bimberton added a
new flavor to the main story. The players, satires, the moves of the story, and
main twist of shooting the wrong animal added a true aroma to the story.