Notes Chapter 1 The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
Class 11 commerce students can refer to Chapter 1 The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse notes given below which is an important chapter in the class 11 English book. These notes and important questions and answers have been prepared based on the latest CBSE and NCERT syllabus and books issued for the current academic year. Our team of English teachers has prepared these notes for class 11 English for the benefit of students so that you can read these revision notes and understand each topic carefully.
The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse Notes Class 11 English
Refer to the notes and important questions given below for The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse which is really useful and has been recommended by Class 11 English teachers. Understanding the concepts in detail and then solving questions by yourself will help you to learn all topics given in your NCERT Books.
- This is a story of two tribal Armenian boys who belonged to the Garoghlanian tribe.
- Their tribe lives in extreme poverty yet, nothing could match their honesty.
- They never did anything wrong and never lied or never even stole anything.
- The story talks about an incident that revolves around two cousins Aram who is nine years old and Mourad who is thirteen.
- Mourad was considered to be crazy by everybody he knew. He was considered the natural descendent of his uncle Khusrove, an enormous man with a roaring voice.
- The story opens with Mourad coming to Aram’s house at four in the morning . He tapped on the window to Aram’s room. When Aram looked out of the window, he was taken aback and startled to see Mourad riding a beautiful white horse.
- This was too unbelievable because Aram knew that they were too poor to be able to afford to buy a horse.
- The only way Mourad could possess it could be by stealing. They were too honest to lie and yet too crazy to ride a horse.
- Thus, they decided to keep the horse for two weeks to enjoy its ride in cool air. They justified their action by saying that stealing a horse for money was not the same as stealing it for riding.
- They hid it from the rest of the world by keeping it in a barn of the deserted vineyard.
- One day while returning from horse riding they came across John Byro, a farmer who was the owner of that horse.
- John Byro was sure that it was his horse, yet, he did not suspect the boys
- He even counted the horse’s teeth and was just amazed at the resemblance and said: “I would swear it is my horse if I did not know your parents.”
- This moving experience led the boys towards John’s vineyard the very next morning. They left the horse in the barn after patting it affectionately.
- Later that day, John seemed to be very pleased and shared the news of the return of his horse with Aram’s mother.
- The story teaches us the importance and necessity of honesty even in the face of greed and passion.
- Mourad has been described in the story as a kind-hearted animal lover. He has a way with animals.
- He loves the horse and shows his affection by whispering to it. He is able to tame the horse quite easily and rides it well.
- At another point he is shown trying to mend the broken wings of a bird and talking softly to it.
Question and Answer
Question. Who was uncle Khosrove? Why was he considered the craziest member of his tribe?
Ans. Uncle Khosrone was a relative of Aram who was an enormous man. He was short tempered and impatient by nature. His standard response to all the problems was. “It is no harm : pay no attention to it”.
Question. Why did Mourad return the horse?
Ans. Mourad belonged to a tribe which was known for its honesty. He could not tolerate John Byro’s expressions when he seemed to have recognised the horse. It was no more charming and challenging task for him to keep the horse after this incident.
Question. Why was Aram surprised when he saw Maraud in the Morning?
Ans. Aram was surprised to see Maraud because he had come so early in the morning that too with a beautiful white horse. He could not believe that a boy of his tribe could buy or steal a horse.
Question. Why did John Byro not accused mourad of stealing the horse, though he recognise his horse?
Ans. Though John Byro could recognise the horse, he did not blame Mourad of stealing because he knew his parent well. He knew that Mourad’s family and tribe was famous
Question. Why was John Byro Sad?
Ans. John Byro was sad because his horse was stolen and now he had to go on foot for long distance as him surrey was useless without a horse.