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Class 10 Class 12

Why is Bholi’s father worried about her?

Bholi is the fourth daughter of her father, Numberdar Lal. Bholi is a backward child. She is a simpleton and she can't speak properly. Moreover, she has pockmarks all over the body. Her father is worried about her as does not know how he would find a suitable groom for her.

For what unusual reasons is Bholi sent to school?

The Tehsildar sahib had advised Ramlal that being a representative of the government he must send his daughters to school. Ramlal's wife denies to send any of her girls to school as she thinks no one would marry them. Bholi is sent to school because her parents thought that there is little chance of her getting married, with her ugly face and lack of sense. 

Why do Bholi’s parents accept Bishamber’s marriage proposal?

Bholi's parents accept Bishamber's marriage proposal because they think if they don't accept it, she would not be married for the rest of her life. Moreover, they don't have to pay him dowry.

Does she find her teacher different from the people at home?

Yes, she finds her teacher different from the people at home. Her teacher acts very kind to her. She speaks to her so softly that it touches her heart. Nobody ever talked to her in that tone before. She encourages her to speak and pats her affectionately. She assures her that if she puts the fear out of her heart she will be able to speak like everyone else.


Does Bholi enjoy her first day at school?

Yes, Bholi enjoys her first day at school as she was glad to find so many girls almost of her own age present there. She hoped that one of these girls might become her friend.