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NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Moments Chapter 2
NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Moments Chapter 2 Adventures of Toto
The Clever Monkey
The story is about a monkey named Toto Narrator’s Grandfather bought him from a Tonga driver for 5 rupees. Grandfather was quite impressed by Toto’s characteristics of a monkey describing. By the narrator that the monkey has sparkly eyes and a set of deep eyebrows. And his hands were dried and rough like dried in sun yet these hands and wicked fingers were quick. He could use the long tails as a third hand to hang himself with a tree branch. White teeth and a frightening smile can scare the woman for sure. Grandfather wanted to keep him secret from Grandmother as she doesn’t like to bring more animals into the house.
Plan to Keep Secrets
Grandfather decided to keep him in the wardrobe that opens in the narrators’ room where he is been tied securely. The next time when he saw Toto, he unscrewed the nail and shredded the blazer. The narrator got upset seeing this, but grandfather was impressed by judging the intelligence that little creatures possess. Saying he would’ve made the rope with the shreds to escape out of the window.
Soon the monkey got older and then grandfather took the Toto to a bigger cage near to servant’s quarters where his other animals of the zoo stayed sociably. He’s got a tortoise, a tame squirrel, a pair of rabbits too, and for some times’ narrator’s goat. Monkey doesn’t let any of the animals sleep at night, so grandfather took him along with him to Dehradun.
Trip to Dehradun
For some reason, the narrator didn’t join the grandfather on the trip. However, He told him about the incidents. Grandfather took him in the big canvas bag closed It and gave him a straw. He tried to escape and made the bag roll and jump made entertainment for onlookers. On the train, the ticket checker considered the monkey as a dog and asked to take a ticket for it. Grandfather took him out of the bag and then show it to the collector, but he asked to take the ticket then. Grandfather took out the tortoise from his pocket and present it to the collector saying sarcastically that he might want to take the ticket for it also as he took a ticket for it. The pleased collector said smiling “No Charge” that it is not a dog.
New Home for Toto
When they came back after some time Toto has been accepted by his grandmother, and then he’s been offered a new home in the stable with a family donkey Nana. On his first night grandfather visited to see if everything is alright. The best thing Toto liked is to take a warm water bath during winter. He cleverly tested the water with his hands and then step into the water till submerged itself till neck. Once he is comfortable, he uses soap himself. If the water got cold he run into the kitchen to dry himself and if anyone laughs at him, it hurts his feeling. One day he almost boiled himself alive. It was cold times when Toto found the kettle on fire with water and went inside and when water started boil he came out and then found it cold outside he went inside again before the matter got worse grandmother came and hauled him out of the kettle. The narrator says if there is only part of the brain that is dedicated to mischief.
One day he’s been found in the centre of the dining table rating Pulao from the dish and when aunty screamed at him, he threw water on her face and escaped out of the window holding the dish of pulao he had every grain of pulao while sitting on the branch of Jack fruit tree and had all the pulao. Despite grandmother was screaming at him, he threw the dish and broke it.
Too Notorious to Stay Home
Toto’s journey with the narrator’s family is about to end as the family could not afford the broken dishes and torn curtains and wallpapers. So, grandfather had to let him go. He found the Tonga driver again and sold the Toto back to the Tonga driver.