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    Q.3 How did Mr. Simpson eventually post the letter?
    Answer; Mr. Simpson was a little absent minded man. He stood by a letter box. He had come to post a letter his wife had given him. He had just discovered that the letter had no postage stamps. It was almost midnight. The post office was closed. However, an automatic stamp machine stood there beside the letter box. But poor Mr. Simpson had no small coins with him. So he stood there by letter box. He was worried. He could not go home without posting the letter. His wife would not like it. Bu chance, the writer passed that way Mr. Simpson asked him for a loan of “three-ha’ pence”. The writer, too did not have the required coins with him. However, he took Mr. Simpson to his house and give him three and a half pence. Mr. Simpson thanked him and departed. He had walked only a dozen steps when he remembered that he did not know the way to the post office. He went back to the writer. The writer did his best to tell him the way to the post office but to no avail. So he had to accompany Mr. Simpson to the post office. Mr. Simpson dropped a coin into the stamp machine but no stamp came out. The machine was empty. Mr. Simpson was greatly agitated. The blue envelope slipped from his hand and fell on the footpath, face downwards. When Mr. Simpson picked it up, it had a large bolt of mud on it. At that point the writer remembered that he had a back of stamps at home. So they went back to his house. The book of stamps was found after a while, but un for unately it was empty like the stamp machine. Now, the only alternative was to post the letter unstamped. They hurried back to the post office and dropped the letter into the letter box. Then they went to Mr. Simpson thanked the writer for his help and told him that the letter was an invitation to dinner. Next day, the writer received an unstamped blue envelope with a large blot of mud. It contained an invitation to dinner from Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Simpson. This is how Mr. Simpson succeeded in posting the letter with the help of the man to whom it was addressed.
    Q. 4 Do you find story “Post haste” funny? Give reasons for your answer.
    Answer: “Post haste” by Colin Howard is a funny story. It is delightful story of an absent-minded little man. He goes to the post office late in the night to post a letter for his wife. It is a simple matter of posting a letter. But it becomes a comic adventure. One humorous situation leads to another, and the reader cannot help smiling the plight of Mr. Simpson Colin Howard. He narrates the story in a straight forward manner. Mr. Simpson is an absent minded little man. One night his wife asked him to post a letter. On reaching the post office, he discovers that the envelope is unstamped. The post office is closed. However, an automatic stamp machine is there by the letter box. But Mr. Simpson has no small coins with him. To his relief an acquaintance comes that way Mr. Simpson asked him for a loan of “three-ha’ pence”. He, too, dose not have the required coins. However, he takes Mr. Simpson to his house and give the required coins. Mr. Simpson thanks him and departs. But by now he has forgotten the way to the post office. His benefactor tries to tell him the route to the post office, but Mr. Simpson dose not understand. So his acquaintance accompanies to the post office. Mr. Simpson inserts a coin into the stamp machine but the machine is empty. No stamp comes out. Mr. Simpson is agitated. The envelope slips out of his hand and falls on the pavement. When he pick it up, he finds a big blot of mud on it. His acquaintance remembers that he has a book of stamps at home. So they go back to his house. The book is found after a while but it is empty. So they return to the post office and drop the unstamped blue envelope into the letter box. Next day, Mr. Simpson’s acquaintance who had shared his adventure on the previous night receives an unstamped envelope with a large man bolt. He has to pay double postage. The envelope contains as invitation to diner.

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