Questions 1-10 are based on the following passage.
This passage is adapted from Saki, “The Schartz-Metterklume Method.” Originally published in 1911
Lady Carlotta stepped out on to the platform of the small wayside station and took a turn or two up and down its uninteresting length, to kill time till the train should be pleased to proceed on its way. Then,5
in the roadway beyond, she saw a horse struggling with a more than ample load, and a carter of the sort that seems to bear a sullen hatred against the animal that helps him to earn a living. Lady Carlotta promptly betook her to the roadway, and put rather a 10
different complexion on the struggle. Certain of her acquaintances were wont to give her plentiful admonition as to the undesirability of interfering on behalf of a distressed animal, such interference being “none of her business.” Only once had she put the 15
doctrine of non-interference into practice, when one of its most eloquent exponents had been besieged for nearly three hours in a small and extremely uncomfortable may-tree by an angry boar-pig, while Lady Carlotta, on the other side of the fence, had 20
proceeded with the water-colour sketch she was engaged on, and refused to interfere between theboar and his prisoner. It is to be feared that she lost the friendship of the ultimately rescued lady. On this occasion she merely lost the train, which gave way to 25
the first sign of impatience it had shown throughout the journey, and steamed off without her. She bore the desertion with philosophical indifference; her friends and relations were thoroughly well used to the fact of her luggage arriving without her 30
She wired a vague non-committal message to her destination to say that she was coming on “by another train.” Before she had time to think what her next move might be she was confronted by an imposingly attired lady, who seemed to be taking a 35
prolonged mental inventory of her clothes and looks
“You must be Miss Hope, the governess I’ve come to meet,” said the apparition, in a tone that admitted of very little argument.
“Very well, if I must I must,” said Lady Carlotta to 40
herself with dangerous meekness.
“I am Mrs. Quabarl,” continued the lady; “and where, pray, is your luggage?”
“It’s gone astray,” said the alleged governess,falling in with the excellent rule of life that the absent 45
are always to blame; the luggage had, in point of fact, behaved with perfect correctitude. “I’ve just telegraphed about it,” she added, with a nearer approach to truth.
“How provoking,” said Mrs. Quabarl; “these 50
railway companies are so careless. However, my maid can lend you things for the night,” and she led the way to her car
During the drive to the Quabarl mansion Lady Carlotta was impressively introduced to the 55
nature of the charge that had been thrust upon her; she learned that Claude and Wilfrid were delicate, sensitive young people, that Irene had the artistictemperament highly developed, and that Viola was something or other else of a mould equally 60
commonplace among children of that class and type in the twentieth century.
“I wish them not only to be TAUGHT,” said Mrs.Quabarl, “but INTERESTED in what they learn. In their history lessons, for instance, you must try to 65
make them feel that they are being introduced to the life-stories of men and women who really lived, notmerely committing a mass of names and dates to memory. French, of course, I shall expect you to talk at meal-times several days in the week.”70
“I shall talk French four days of the week and Russian in the remaining three.”
“Russian? My dear Miss Hope, no one in the house speaks or understands Russian.”
“That will not embarrass me in the least,” said 75
Lady Carlotta coldly.
Mrs. Quabarl, to use a colloquial expression, was knocked off her perch. She was one of those imperfectly self-assured individuals who aremagnificent and autocratic as long as they are not 80
seriously opposed. The least show of unexpected resistance goes a long way towards rendering them cowed and apologetic. When the new governess failed to express wondering admiration of the large newly-purchased and expensive car, and lightly 85
alluded to the superior advantages of one or two makes which had just been put on the market, thediscomfiture of her patroness became almost abject.Her feelings were those which might have animated a general of ancient warfaring days, on beholding his 90
heaviest battle-elephant ignominiously driven off the field by slingers and javelin throwers.