The Price of Flowers Notes, Character Sketch Plus One English

The Price of Flowers Notes, Character Sketch Plus One English

Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay's short  "The Price of Flowers" is an extremely moving story. It was written in Bengali and translated by Lila Ray into English. story During the pre-independence period, the story was established in London. Mukhopadhyay illustrated the life of a poor English family in this story. The narrator of this short story, Mr Gupta, was educated in London by an Indian civil worker.

For Kerala syllabus Plus One English student, the "Plus One English Chapter-by-Chapter Notes" contains all of the main topics, summary, solutions, character sketches of Maggie and Character Sketch of Mr Gupta etc. Maggie, an impoverished British teenage girl, gives her hard-earned shilling to pay a floral tribute to her dead brother, Frank. Her sacrifice and the happiness she gained as a result of it are priceless. We have been able to increase user appreciation as a result of our ongoing efforts.

Board SCERT, Kerala
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Class plus one
Subject English Notes, Character Sketch, Summary
Chapter Chapter 2
Chapter Name Price of Flowers
Category Plus One Kerala

Kerala Syllabus plus one English Notes Unit II Chapter 2 Price of Flowers (Short story)

Chapter 2 Price of flowers


Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay is a well-known and accomplished writer in Bengali literature. He is the most well-known short tale writer after Rabindranath Tagore. He wrote novels, short stories, and poems, among other things. While still in school, his poetry were published in the Bengali monthly Bharati. He became famous for his short stories, which are centred on a lighthearted, straightforward approach to life. He wrote nearly a hundred novellas and fourteen books over his career.Sri Janoarchandra Sharma and Srimati Radhamoni were two pseudonyms he used on occasion. 

The Price of Flowers Summary 

Maggie is a young adolescent British girl who lives with her widowed mother, Mrs Clifford, and her soldier brother, Frank. Frank was assigned to the British Army's Indian frontier as a soldier. Maggie and her mother were overly concerned and frightened about Frank because they had had no information about him for months. Mrs Clifford desired to meet an Indian who could dispel her misconceptions about India and ease her concerns about her son's safety. Maggie was fortunate enough to meet an Indian man named Mr Gupta in a London restaurant. He consented to follow her destitute family to Lambeth after she pleaded with him.
Mrs Clifford felt relieved after a lengthy talk with Mr Gupta. She mistook him for a yogi and told him to focus on the crystal on the ring Frank had sent her as a gift from India. The ring was said to have magical abilities and could be used to predict anything about anyone by focusing on it. Mr Gupta did not believe in superstitions, but was obligated to examine the ring at Maggie's request, though he failed badly.
Mrs Clifford's health began to deteriorate rapidly three months later. Maggie wrote Mr Gupta a letter requesting his assistance. Maggie asked Mr Gupta to focus on the ring once more when he came. 
Maggie wrote Mr Gupta a letter requesting his assistance. Maggie asked Mr Gupta to focus on the ring once more when he came, and she suggested that he lie about Frank's safety for the sake of her mother. Mr Gupta followed suit, and Mrs Clifford quickly recovered. 
Frank, on the other hand, had already been slain on the Indian border at the time. Mr Gupta did not dare to go to Maggie's house to express condolences and inform them of his departure when it was time for him to return to India,Maggie paid him a visit the day before his left to say goodbye and to give him a shilling for placing flowers on her brother's grave. Mr Gupta was initially hesitant to accept the money, but he soon decided that he couldn't deny Maggie the joy of making such a great and important sacrifice.

The Price of Flowers Character Sketch: Maggie

Maggie is the central character of the "Flower Price" story written by Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay. Her full name is Alice Margaret Clifford. He lives with his widowed mother in a poor London neighbourhood.
Mr Gupta, a reporter, meets him at a vegetarian restaurant in London. Her interest in him aroused her curiosity. He makes friends with Maggie and gets to know more about her.

Maggie is young but works as a typewriter at the Civil Service store. Her clothes reflect her poverty. He is shy and self-conscious but Mr Gupta makes him a little more open. His only brother is in India serving as a British soldier. But they have not heard from him for a long time. They are worried about him.

In their conversation, Mr Gupta asks him if he likes his job. He says he wants a non-mechanized job. This shows that you have a desire for prominence. He is brave and courageous in these young years despite his manners and respectful behaviour.

When Mr Gupta visits his home Maggie plays a violin song. From his mother, we learn that he was not well trained in music because they could not afford music lessons. She is naturally talented. Her devotion and love for her mother and brother are truly exemplary. When his mother is sick he brings Mr Gupta home and asks him if he can lie to save his life. When he says "please forgive me if it is too bad," the student is touched by his innocence and regrets his helplessness.

On the day of Mr Gupta's departure, Maggie arrives to meet him. She gives him one shekel of hard work in order to purchase flowers for his brother's grave. His deep devotion to love for his brother is clearly evident in the article "The Number of Flowers". Those flowers are truly precious.

The Price of Flowers Character Sketch: Mr Gupta

Mr Gupta is the main character in Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay's 'Price of Flowers'. He is also a storyteller. In his view, the story goes on.

Mr Gupta is about to join the British Civil Service in India. He is in London now, where most of the story takes place. She is acquainted with Maggie, a girl from a poor family there. When Maggie tells her that her mother is eager to meet India, she is ready to say yes. He is curious and wants to learn how the poor live in Britain.

Mr Gupta is a character who dispels the notions of Indians that were prevalent in the West in pre-independence times. He admits that he is not very fond of vegetables as opposed to what they think. He does not believe in superstition like his Western counterparts and has a better sense of science. When Mrs Clifford shows him a ring with a crystal attached to it, he knows it is nothing. But he does not want to destroy their faith by making it public.

Mr Gupta's sympathy is evident when he visits a sick mother. He is ready to lie about saving his life even though it is against his morals. He also took pains to India House to inquire about Frank, who has been harassing Maggie for a long time without her knowledge of him. When we take the place of my absent brother, Mr Gupta even took Maggie to the zoo which made her very happy.

During the last meeting with Maggie, just before her departure, she seems very intelligent and compassionate when she decides to accept one shilling from Maggie. He dismisses his first thought of refusing to take money when he finds out that this sacrifice will make him very happy. His kind nature is also established in the last line of the story when he says "I wiped away a tear or two from my eyes and went upstairs to pack my bags."

Price of Flowers Question and Answers

Q. Explain the title of the story.

Answers. The title of the article "Price of Flowers" is very relevant. Flowers express our various emotions. In our happy times, they bring us happiness, and in our sad times, they bring us comfort. Flowers are priceless. They express our emotional attachment.

Maggie is the central character in the story. His brother Frank is a soldier sent to Punjab in India. Unfortunately, Frank was killed while fighting in the Northwest Frontier. He is buried in Fort Monroe near Dera-Ghazi-Khan in Punjab. Margie wishes to lay flowers on her dead brother's grave. So he gives Mr Gupta a shilling of money that he has worked so hard to buy flowers for. Mr Gupta knows that Margie is a poor girl. She can't afford a shilling to buy flowers. So he made up his mind to return the money. But you realize that flowers have an emotional value. He also realizes that the girl will be much more comfortable if the flowers bought with her money are placed in her brother's grave. Therefore, he accepts the shilling. He allows the girl to have the comfort of laying flowers on her brother's grave as a token of the sister's love for her brother.

The price he paid for the flowers symbolizes love, affection, and self-sacrifice and this is beyond measure. Therefore, the title is appropriate and appropriate.

Q. ‘It’s not the same everywhere and it’s not the same all year round in India.’ Why?

Answers. Price of Flowers is one of her most sensitive and moving stories. In this story, the author takes us to another country where he meets a thirteen-year-old girl and her mother. The girl works as a typewriter and her mother works in a bakery. Because he is Indian, they think he can predict the future by watching a shiny ball. They asked the author about Frank, who was Maggie's brother and in the army.

They wanted to ask him if he could predict whether Frank was alive or not, but he said that Frank was alive, but later everyone knew that Frank was dead. The author is embarrassed and is about to head for India when Maggie gives him a penny to earn by working and asks the author to buy flowers for Frank's grave.

The moments in the story give you goosebumps and excitement. He empathizes with the poor girl and her mother. This shows the ability to write well-written letters.

Given that things are changing in India, we can say that the author may be saying this as he learns of Frank's death, and thinks Maggie and her mother will never be like him now. Their relationship is broken because of one lie. Like the Indian climate, which is highly variable and changes every six months.

Q. Why did the teacher decide to take the money given to Maggie?

Ans.When Maggie gives Mr Gupta a shilling of money she has worked hard to buy flowers. Mr Gupta thought he should not take the shilling thinking that Maggie must have worked hard to get the money. So he made up his mind to return the money. But you realize that flowers have an emotional value. He also realizes that the girl will be much more comfortable if the flowers bought with her money are placed in her brother's grave. Therefore, he accepts the shilling.

Q. What is the role of faith in the story?

Answers. Faith plays a vital role in a matter. The "event" tells the story of a narrator (Hindu and Indian) who lies to a very sick woman that she is prophesying about her son being alive and well by looking at a crystal ring given to him by a so-called Indian saint, proving something profound - Faith is a great healer.

Q. What is the role of the ‘crystal ring’ in the story?
Why was the crystal ring so special to Mrs Clifford in Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay's "Number of Flowers"?

Answers. In myths, legends and myths, rings are often given supernatural or supernatural significance. In Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay's fairy tale "Number of Flowers", the crystal ring was important because it was a gift from Frank, who sent it from India.
The ring came up with a myth that it was magical; apparently, it was given to Frank by a yogi. The person looking at it will see someone far away and what they are doing. So far, the Cliffords have never seen anyone. Maggie, who met Mr Gupta at a restaurant, took him home to Clifford because he was Indian. She and her mother hope she will help them see the ring. The Guptas know that the ring is just a glass, but they have no heart to say it. You see little in it, too. When Ms Clifford got sick because of Maggie's complaint, she pretended to see Frank in the ring, alive and well. However, he later found out that Frank had been killed that day.

Price of Flowers Short Questions and Answers

Q. What is the role of faith in the story of the number of flowers?

A. Faith plays a vital role in a matter. Mrs Clifford believes that Indians can see things through crystals. When the narrator tells her that she can see her son alive and well in the crystal ring given to him by a so-called Indian saint, it proves something very profound - Faith is the greatest healer.

Q. Who is a fan of flower prices?

A. The Number of Flowers is a touching story of Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay. The story is set in London in the pre-independence period. It is based on the views of Mr Gupta, an Indian government official trained in London. Mr Gupta meets a young girl at a restaurant.

Q. Why was the narrator's attention drawn to the English girl?

A. The narrator's attention was drawn to the English girl because she was looking at it with fascinating surprise. But he rolled his eyes as soon as he looked at her. … When he saw the narrator, some thoughts came to his mind, and this is why he stared at him in amazement.

Q. What is your opinion of the girl in the number of flowers?

A. The girl is a teenager from a poor family. He had big sad eyes. He works hard.

Q. How did you know the girl wanted to know who the narrator was?

A. The girl was curious about the identity of the narrator referred to as looking at him with an interesting surprise.

Q. What do you understand about the girl's possible financial situation?

A. The girl is from a poor family and that is reflected in the clothes she is wearing. She has open eyes with a sad look. The waiter also says that he just arrives on Saturday at the grocery store for lunch because Saturday is the lead day. He does not eat lunch on certain days because he has no money. She works in a nearby store, probably for a very small fee. As a young person, no one would pressure him to take on a bigger salary.

Q. Why was the teacher curious about the girl? What did she do to meet him?

A. The narrator became curious about the girl because he realized that she wanted to know about him. He asked the salesman if he was Indian, and if he came to the restaurant every day. He found out from the waiter that the girl was working at a nearby store. So he looked at the shops on the streets near St. Martin’s Lane and the shops in Strand to meet him. But he could not find her. He then saw her at the restaurant again during lunch the following Saturday.

Q. Why did the teacher go to the restaurant again?

A. The narrator went to the restaurant and hoped to meet a little English girl. The waiter was told that the girl arrived at the restaurant on Saturday for lunch.

Q. What was the girl's opinion of India?

A. The girl thought India was a dangerous country full of tigers, snakes and flu. This is the impression he gets from people.

Q. Was Maggie satisfied with her work? If not, why not?

A. No, Maggie was not satisfied with her job because it was mechanical work. He wanted to get a job so he could use his mind. He would like to be the secretary.

Q. What do you mean by ‘brain activity in the Number of Flowers?

A. ‘By brain function’ I understand those types of brain-related activity, which require some thought. We in India often refer to ‘brain work’ as the work of white workers.

Q. Why did Maggie ask the narrator if she was a vegetarian?

A. Maggie asked the narrator if the narrator was a vegetarian to find out if she was a yogi. He had heard that yogis do not eat meat and have magical (magical) powers.

Q. Why did Mr Gupta go to Maggie's house?

A. Mr Gupta went to Maggie's house because she was invited. He wanted to introduce her to his mother, who wanted to meet with India to find out the truth about the news he had heard about India.

Q. What do you understand about the living conditions of Maggie and her mother?

A. Living conditions were very bad for Maggie and her mother. They lived in a small house in the Lambeth area, where there were poor people. Roads are above world level here. There are also substandard street kitchens. They had affordable furniture, and it was very thin. In many places, the rug was very old and torn. Her mother, Maggie, baked cakes and sold them to support herself.

Q. How did Mr Gupta describe India to Mrs Clifford?

A. Mr Gupta said India is a beautiful country. It's not as cold as in England, but it's hot. Then there are tigers and snakes in India, but they live in forests. When they get to the places where the people live, they will be killed. Fever is present in some parts of India. But the locations and seasons vary.

Q. What is your view on superstition? Do you believe in anything?

A. Superstitions are bad. Yet they are common in communities. Superstitions are associated with religious values, and some unscrupulous individuals deceive believers by feeding them superstition. Some people think that if a black cat falls into your path, the work you will do will not be done. It is foolish to believe in superstition. I do not believe in all of them. I believe in God, but I do not believe in the superstitious beliefs of his name.

Q. Describe an incident that deeply affected the narrator.

A. Maggie had a violin, and through her efforts, she learned to play a few songs. He could not go to any teacher to study the violin due to a lack of funds. Her mother knows that Maggie has a talent for playing the violin. He informed the narrator that if their circumstances changed, he would send Maggie to teach violin. This incident had a profound effect on the narrator's heart.

Q. Why can't Maggie go to work?

A. Maggie was unable to go to work because her mother was very ill.

Q. Why did Mr Gupta take the money with him when he went to see Mrs Clifford?

A. When he went to see Mrs Clifford, Mr Gupta took the money with him because his wife told him that because Maggie had not worked for a week and did not get paid, they were probably in debt. trouble.

Q. Why did Mr Gupta and Maggie block the sitting room?

A. Mr Gupta and Maggie sneak into the sitting room because Maggie wanted to talk to her privately. They did not want to disturb the sick woman with their speech.

Q. What request did Maggie make to Mr Gupta?

A. Maggie asked Mr Gupta to look at the clear ring and tell his mother whether Frank was alive or dead in the ring.

Q. Why was the crystal ring so special to Mrs Clifford?

A. The crystal ring was very special to Mrs Clifford because it was sent by her son Frank from India. The yogi had told him that the crystal ring was magical. When one looks at the crystal thinking of a distant person, he could see the person and what he was doing.

Q. What made Mrs Clifford recover?

A. Maggie asked Mr Gupta to look at the clear ring and tell his mother whether Frank was alive or dead in the ring. The Guptas did well and this helped Mrs Clifford recover from her illness.

Q. Why did Mr Gupta have a shy face, Mrs Clifford?

A. Gupta was embarrassed to face Mrs Clifford because Frank had died some days when she told him she was alive. Since he had lied to her, he was ashamed to face her.

Q. What was the promise made to Maggie?

A. Maggie's promise that the narrator (Mr Gupta) would visit his brother's grave in Mort Monroe, near Dera-Ghazi-Khan on his way to India.

Q. Why did Maggie give Mr Gupta a shilling?

A. Maggie gave Mr Gupta a shilling to buy flowers and put them in his brother's grave in Mort Monroe, near Dera-Ghazi-Khan on his way to India.

Q. Explain why Mr Gupta accepted the shilling.

A.Mr Gupta accepted the shilling because he thought he had worked hard to give her the shilling to buy flowers for her brother's grave. He will feel comforted when he does something good for his brother.

Q. Why was Mr Gupta ashamed to confront Mrs Clifford?

A. Gupta was embarrassed to face Mrs Clifford because Frank had died some days when she told him she was alive. Since he had lied to her, he was ashamed to face her.

Q. What was Mr Gupta's role in his life?

A. Gupta was a man of tender warmth and deep feelings. He was fair to everyone and did not discriminate between rich and poor. She went to see Maggie's mother when she was sick. When she asked him to look at the crystal ring and tell her that her son Frank was safe or not, he lied because he wanted her to recover.

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