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09-07-2011, 02:29 AM
Q. 9 Write a note on “The stuffed trout”.
Answer: “The stuffed Trout” by Jerome is a delightful story. Full of pure humour. Anglers are well knows for exaggerating their achievements. What we find in this story is more then just exaggeration. It is a make believe world created by the old boastful anglers fertile imagination. However, the old gentlemen mean no harm to anyone. The author understands their innocent motives. His treatment of the story is free of satire. The author and his friends, George and Harris, had arrived in the village only the day before. In the evening the author and George went for a walk to Wallingford. On their way back, they dropped into a little riverside inn. As they entered the hall, they found and old man smoking a clay pipe. They began talking and exchanged the usual remarks about weather. During the conversation, the old man came to know that the author and his friend were strangers and were going away the next morning. The author caught sight of a stuffed trout in a glass case fixed above the chimney-piece. The local man with the clay pipe remarked that it was a fine fish. Then he told them that the fish weighed eighteen pounds and six ounces. He know the exact weight because he himself had caught it. He left immediately. The two friends were still admiring the stuffed trout when the local carrier dropped in. he saw them looking at the fish. “Maybe you were not here when this fish was caught,” He enquired. “No,” they told him. “We are strangers in the neighbourhood. Ah!,” said the old man what great pleasure, “it was nearly five years ago that I caught this trout.” The fish, according to him, weighed twenty-six pounds. He left immediately after telling his story. Five minutes later, another gentlemen came in, and told them how he had caught, that fish, The situation was becoming more and more complicated. As the third angler left the room, another man, who was solemn looking, entered. The author asked him how he had caught that trout. The man was surprised at their question. However, he laughed and told them that he had caught that fish after half an hour’s struggle. “It weighed just over thirty-four pounds,” he informed them and left. Then the landlord, the owner of the inn, walked in. The author told him all the stories he had heard about that fish. The landlord laughed and told them the real story of the fish. He had caught it himself many years ago when he was a school boy. At this point somebody called for him and he went out. The author and his friend were still looking at the big trout. Then George up on the back of a chair to get a better view of the fish. The chair slipped, George clutched at the trout-case and it crashed to the floor. The glass case had broken into pieces. It was natural, so it did not surprise them. What surprised them was the strange fact that the stuffed trout, too, had shattered into a thousand pieces. Well, how could a stuffed fish break into tiny pieces? The “stuffed pieces trout” was not a stuffed trout at all. It was made of Plaster of Paris.