Class 11 Two Little Soldiers Exercise Solutions - Question Answer

Two Little soldiers question answers


Chapter 6 : Class 11 Two Little soldiers Question Answers Solution


Understanding the text 
 

Answer these questions.

a. Why do the two soldiers spend their free time on Sundays away from the barracks

out in the countryside?

=> The two soldiers spend their free time on Sundays away from the barracks
out in the countryside because they feel lonely, bored, and homesick in the barracks as they are far away at Courbevoie from their home town plounivon. In the countryside, there are lots of places which remind them of their home town and they started to meet a milkmaid and they felt happy with her.

b. Why does the girl become the topic of conversation for these soldiers?
=> Far away in the countryside near to Bezons, they happened to meet a beautiful milkmaid on one Sunday outing. Both of them liked her as she talked to them and would give them milk to drink. In the second and third time, she became so close to them so she became the topic of conversation at barrack between them.

c. Why does deception enter into their friendship? 

=> Every Sunday Jean and Luc goes far away to the countryside to spend their free time. Both of them meet a very beautiful milkmaid and become so close to them. Both of them wait for her arrival at the place where she comes to milk her cow. Both of them meet her, but in one week, on Tuesday and Friday, Luc secretly meets her talking leave from the barrack. The following weekend, when the two meet her, she kisses Luc passionately ignoring Jeans. She shows her intimacy to Luc. Because of this activity of Luc, Jean feels pain, heartbroken and upset.

d. Do you think that Luc is a betrayer of friendship?

=> Yes, Luc is a betrayer of friendship. They were close friends in the barrack and would share everything. The milkmaid met and talked to both of them. Both of them would meet her Sundays. But one week Luc secretly meets her hiding the truth that the Milkmaid and he fell in love with each other. Until the kissed Luc, Jean had not known about the in Two little soldiers.

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Understanding the text 

Answer these questions.

a. Why do the two soldiers spend their free time on Sundays away from the barracks
out in the countryside?

=> The two soldiers spend their free time on Sundays away from the barracks
out in the countryside because they feel lonely, bored, and homesick in the barracks as they are far away at Courbevoie from their home town plounivon. In the countryside, there are lots of places which remind them of their home town and they started to meet a milkmaid and they felt happy with her.

b. Why does the girl become the topic of conversation for these soldiers?
=> Far away in the countryside near to Bezons, they happened to meet a beautiful milkmaid on one Sunday outing. Both of them liked her as she talked to them and would give them milk to drink. In the second and third time, she became so close to them so she became the topic of conversation at barrack between them.

c. Why does deception enter into their friendship?
=> Every Sunday Jean and Luc goes far away to the countryside to spend their free time. Both of them meet a very beautiful milkmaid and become so close to them. Both of them wait for her arrival at the place where she comes to milk her cow. Both of them meet her, but in one week, on Tuesday and Friday, Luc secretly meets her talking leave from the barrack. The following weekend, when the two meet her, she kisses Luc passionately ignoring Jeans. She shows her intimacy to Luc. Because of this activity of Luc, Jean feels pain, heartbroken and upset.

d. Do you think that Luc is a betrayer of friendship?
=> Yes, Luc is a betrayer of friendship. They were close friends in the barrack and would share everything. The milkmaid met and talked to both of them. Both of them would meet her Sundays. But one week Luc secretly meets her hiding the truth that the Milkmaid and he fell in love with each other. Until they kissed Luc, Jean had not known about the intimacy between them. Jean and Luc stayed all the time at the same barrack but he did not tell the secret. So Luc is a betrayer of friendship.

e. What is the cause of suicide of Jean? Do you think that it was the only release of
his love?

=> As we read the story, we know that Jean and Luc both like the same girl but they don`t confess to each other. But when the story turns to the climax when Luc and the milkmaid kiss each other ignoring Jean, he fells fallen out of a cliff. He is heartbroken, sad, and upset know the relation between them. He loved that girl one-sided and waiting for an appropriate moment to reveal. But before he spoke, he found out the secret affair between Luc and Jean. The pain made him hard to bear. The ghost of his love to her was almost impossible to remove and hard to bear so he committed suicide. This was the final release of his love because for him it was impossible to release his love to her being alive. If he was alive, it would be hard to bear to see the girl being of his friend Luc.

Reference to the context 

a. What is the central theme of the story?
=> The central theme of the story is “ Even the dearest and nearest friendship ends in a cause when the two fall in love with the same girl “. Or the true friendship having a strong connection between dies in the case of a triangular love affair. Such a case happens even to the case of a girl when two girls love the same boy.

b. "What are you doing here? Are you watching the grass grow?"

i. Who is the speaker?
=> The milkmaid is the speaker.

ii. What does the word “here” indicate?
=> The word “here” indicates the little forest where the solder spends their outing, a little far away from Bezons.

iii. Who does “you” refer to?
=> “You” refer to Jean kerderen and Luc Le Ganides.

c. "He leaned--he--he was leaning--so far over--that his head carried him away--
and--he--fell--he fell----"

i. Who is the speaker?
=> Luc Le Ganides is the speaker.

ii. Why is the speaker speaking with interruption?
=> He is speaking with interruption because he fried Jean committed suicide by falling down into seine river from the bridge at Bezons.

iii. What does he mean when he says “he--fell--he fell---”?
=> He means falling down of his friend Jean from the bridge into the river seine at Bezons.

d. Two Little Soldiers can be viewed as a series of dramatic scenes. Describe the
story as tragedy.

=> This short story "Two Little Soldiers" is a bizarre dramatic triangular love story that has been ended with a tragic incident. Here in this story, we find jealousy, betrayal, romantic love with change, discontent as well as mental conflict. The milkmaid has created enmity between two friends. She has become the main cause of Jean's fall down. We find both friends' intimacy and their enjoyment during their weekends. But, after the entry of milkmaid into their life, deception starts playing its role. We find deceptive acts of Luc Le Ganidec. Due to these immoral as well as deceptive acts of both lovers, Jean suffers a lot.

When he gets realization about their affair, he becomes so sad both physically and mentally. He wants to cry being desperate. He feels himself a fool. The deception of both lovers makes him heartbroken. He finds them quite indifferent towards him. He doesn't reveal his painful feelings to them. He feels better committing suicide than staying with betrayers. The tragic death of Jean at the end of the story surprises the readers too.

e. What is the setting and style of the story?
=> Setting means the time and place where a story takes place. The short story “Two little soldiers” takes place in a small city in the countryside of France called Courbevoie. The story is full of pastoral surroundings. The two little soldiers spend their free time in the countryside, close to Bezons.

The story is told in the second-person point of view by the omniscient narrator. The narrator knows everything about the incidences and in the minds of the characters. The story is realistic because the characters and settings are familiar to the readers.

f. How would you describe the conflict between the friends?
=> The two characters in the story are soldiers who take part in physical conflict against opponent parties. They are even ready to die for their country. Though the characters are soldiers, the writer is here showing inner conflicts between the two soldiers. Many causes bring a crack in friendship, such as job, relation, property, pride, ego, money, and girl. In the story, the two soldiers are very much close and share everything. There is a strong bond in their friendship, but when there enters a female character in their life, the story takes a U-turn. Luc secretly meets the milkmaid, and his betrayal and intimacy with the girl make Jean unbearable. There is an internal conflict between two hearts. When the pain is unbearable, to get relief Jean commits suicide.

Reference beyond the text 

a. Is it good to have conflict between friendship and love? Is it morally good that a
person and his best friend can love the same person?

=> The conflict between friends accounts for jealousy, ego, pride, prestige, property, social profile, relationship, etc. However, the conflict between friendships is not good. A friend is such a person with whom we have a bond of mutual affection. There is trust, honesty, dependency, loyalty, empathy, and understanding in friendship. But the flaw in any such qualities brings enmity and conflict between friends. Their friendly love to each other turns apart when there is betrayal, cheating, jealously, and ego, and so on. The most terrifying situation occurs in a friendship between two men when both of them love a single girl. Many best friends turn to be enemies to each other in terms of love affairs. Love is not visible so it can`t be said both friends love the same girl. But once a situation comes between the two friends in which one reveals his love to the girl. It hurts another one. Morally a girl is not shared between two friends. It is not usual to love the same girl by two males. It is unacceptable socially and morally. If a girl loves two men who are best friends with each other, people question her character. So it is not good that a person and his best friend can love the same person but one can have ideal or platonic love. In a love relationship, there is physical contact, but such relationships can be happy only between one girl and one boy.

b. How would you describe the triangular love?
=> The triangular love and a love triangle is a relationship in which three people are each in love with at least one other person in the relationship. Or in other words, there is romantic love between three people either two boys or a girl, or vice versa. In such a relation, two boys love the same girl or one boy loves the girl but the girl falls in love with the friend of that boy. For example, there is a triangular love in the story of the little soldiers. Here the two soldiers love the same milkmaid. The soldiers are Jean and Luc. Both of them like and love the same girl, but the girl loves Luc. Such kind of love affair is dangerous as it proved in the story. There is jealousy, deception, and betrayal in such a relation. Luc betrays Jean secretly engaged with the milkmaid and this deception is unbearable to Jean as he is jealous of his friend, as a result, he commits suicide to release his love to the milkmaid.


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