Detailed explanation of “The Bond of Love”, including definitions of difficult words. In addition, the explanation is followed by a lesson summary. Also, NCERT Question and Answers are also provided to help students understand this Chapter and do well in their exams.
Two years ago, the narrator and his companions were going through the Sugarcane fields near Mysore. Some people were shooting at the wild pigs to get them away from their fields. Suddenly, a black sloth bear came out of the fields. The narrator did not want to shoot the bear but one of his companions shot it and it was killed. When the narrator and his companions came near the dead bear, they saw a sloth bear cub which had been riding on its mother’s back. The cub cried seeing its mother’s dead body. As the narrator went to catch the cub, it ran away in the fields. The narrator followed it and caught it. He put the bear cub into a gunny bag and took it to his home in Bangalore.
The narrator came back to Bangalore and gifted the bear cub to his wife. She was very happy to recieve a male cub. She immediately tied a ribbon around his neck and named him Bruno. Bruno easily became a part of the family. Initially, he only drank milk from bottle, but soon he ate everything including porridge made from anything, chocolates, eggs, bread, etc. He also drank tea, coffee, beer, buttermilk, etc. Bruno was also attached with the two Alsatian dogs of the narrator and all the children of the tenants living in the narrator’s Bungalow. As a young cub, he spent his time by playing, running in the kitchen and sleeping on the narrator’s bed.
One day, the narrator had kept poison (Barium Carbonate) in his library to kill the rats. Bruno entered in the library and ate some poison. As a result, he suffered from a paralysis attack. Bruno was weakening, vomiting and breathing heavily. He was immediately taken to a veterinary doctor. Initially, the doctor gave 10 cc of the antidote through an injection to Bruno, but his condition did not improve. Then doctor gave another 10 cc injection to Bruno and within half an hour Bruno became alright. Once, Bruno had also drank a gallon engine oil but it did not have any ill-effects on him.
Gradually, Bruno grew up and came to be known as Baba. He became equal to more than two dogs in height. But he was still playful, sweet and mischievous. At the command of the narrator’s wife Baba had also learnt to do some tricks. He could wrestle or box. He could hold a stick like a gun and a piece of wood like a baby. Baba had to be kept chained most of the time because of the small children of the tenants in the house. So, after the advice of narrator’s friends and family, it was decided that Baba would be sent to the zoo at Mysore. Baba was sent to the Mysore zoo in a cage. Baba was missed by everyone in the house. The narrator’s wife was very upset in absence of Baba. For the first few days, she had refused to eat anything and wrote many letters to the care taker of the zoo to know about Baba’s well-being. At the z0o, Baba also felt miserable and refused to eat.
The narrator controlled his wife from meeting Baba for three months. Finally, the narrator and his wife went to meet him in the zoo. Everyone had told them, that Baba would not recognise the narrator’s wife. But as soon as Baba saw her, he cried with happiness. The narrator’s wife patted Baba through the bars and for three hours, she did not leave the cage. She gave him tea, cakes, lemonade, etc. The narrator’s wife requested the zoo’s curator to send Baba back to his home. The curator told her that Baba was now a Government property and he could only send Baba if his senior, the Superintendent in Bangalore agreed.
Then, the narrator’s wife met the Superintendent and requested him to get Bruno back. The kind Superintendent agreed and asked the curator to provide her a cage to carry Baba back to Bangalore.
At home, the narrator and his wife got an island constructed for Baba. The island was 20 feet long and 15 feet wide. It was surrounded by a dry pit or moat that was 6 feet wide and 7 feet deep. Inside the island, a wooden box filled with straw was placed for Baba to sleep at night. His stick (gun) and his wooden block (baby) were also placed there. After the construction of the island, Baba was freed from the cage. The narrator’s wife could spend hours with her pet Baba in his new home.
(1) Who was Bruno and how was it caught by the narrator?
(2) What did the author do with the baby bear after catching him?
(3) How was Bruno brought up by the author’s wife?
(4) How did the baby bear spend his time?
(5) How did the baby bear endear itself with the author’s wife?
(6) How many days did he take to eat everything?
(7) With which tricks Baba would entertain the author’s family?
(8) Why did the author bring Barium carbonate and who ate some of the poison?
(9) Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why then , did he have to be sent away?
(10) Why was Bruno sent to the zoo?
(11) How did Bruno feel when he was sent to the zoo?
(12) What was the reaction of the author’s wife when Bruno was sent to Mysore?
(13) How did the author’s wife manage to know more about Bruno when he had been sent to zoo in Mysore?
(14) Describe the meeting of the author’s wife with Bruno in the zoo?
(15) Why does author’s wife want Bruno back?
(16) How was Bruno taken back to Bangalore?
(17) What kind of place was made for Bruno at the author’s house?
(18) What is the moral that ‘ The Bond of Love’ teaches?
(19) How did the author’s wife behave in the absence of Bruno?
(20) Love is mutual. Illustrate this with reference to ‘The Bond of Love’.
(21) Do you think that it was right for the Andersons to get the bear back in their house?
(22) What happened when the author and his companions were passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore?
(23) How did Bruno became attached to the family of the narrator?
(24) Bruno once got paralysed? Why? How was he cured?
(25) What were the activities that Bruno did in the story?
(26) How did Bruno and the narrator’s wife feel after getting separated?
(27) What special arrangements were made for Bruno at the narrator’s house when he was brought back to home from zoo?
(28) Animal have the same pain as humans of separation. Describe the whole incident of separation in the story?
(29) What happened when Bruno drank one gallon of engine oil?
(30) How did the author’s wife and Bruno spend time after he returned from their zoo?
|wantonly||without any reason|
|panting||breathing with short, quick breaths|
lying on the ground facing downwards
|scruff||the back of the neck|
|dash||run in a great hurry|
|floundering||moving with difficulty|
|hypodermic||injected under the skin|
|squeals||a long cry or noise|
|stertorous||noisy and laboured|
|disdainfully||full of contempt; showing disrespect|
caused to be uneasy; worried
cried or wailed loudly as in pain, sorrow, or anger
|petted||pat an animal affectionately|
|squad||a small group|
|moat||wide ditch that is usually filled with water used for confining animals|
a bird such as chicken that is raised for food
|hindlegs||back legs of an animal|