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  1. • The Man Who Knew Too Much • Keeping It From Harold • The Seven ages
  2. •The Man Who Knew Too Much by Alexander Baron is a first person narrative. However, the protagonist of the story is not the narrator himself. The narrator remains unnamed throughout. The story title itself gives us an insight to the story. The story is on Private Quelch, the man who knows too much and is condescending. How his arrogance weaves his fall. Knowledge is good and helping. However, one must not take excessive pride in one knowledge, it makes one arrogant and rude. •The protagonist, Private Quelch is the narrator 's mate in the same platoon while they train as Army personnel. The Professor is known for being notorious and for his condescending nature. He remains unabashed and points out any and everybody to correct their mistakes. Of course he is knowledgeable and works hard to outshine the rest of the fellows. He is determined to get a commission, before long. As the first step, he tries to get a stripe. Everyone in the platoon is subjected to his mockery and sarcasm. It is almost impossible, even on his seniors ' part, to stop him from flaunting his subjective knowledge. He always interrupts and point out things during the ongoing lectures to his seniors.
  3. Corporal Turnbull, who returns from Dunkirk and is to deliver a lecture on hand grenade, is finally able to put a stop to Quelch 's whims and assigns him the role of permanent cook house duties to teach him a lesson. It all happens because 'The Professor ' tries to take control of the lecture just the way he did in an earlier lecture on Muzzle Velocity, which was delivered by a sergeant who was however a patient one. But Corporal Turnbull is a man not to be trifled with and makes it clear to Private Quelch on who was actually the boss. The whole scene is a joke for days afterwards, a joke and joy to the entire platoon. It is not surprising that even in the end how Quelch stays rigid. The author and his friend Trower, one day, are returning from the canteen to their hut when they find Quelch vehemently protesting against the abominably and unscientific method of peeling potatoes The Professor is not able to learn anything from his mistakes and does not bend a bit even after having had his lesson from Turnbull.
  4. Mr and Mrs Bramble were immensely proud of their son Harold. Harold was ten years old, a prodigy and an exceptional child by all standards. An intellectual, he won prizes in competitions. He was very classy and so superior that even his parents developed a complex. .Harold was a model of excellent behaviour and he respected his parents a lot. Mr Bramble was a professional boxer and had been proud of his fame but ever since Harold was born, he had kept this as a secret. Harold was told that his father was a commercial traveller. Mr Bramble who had thrived on his feats in the boxing ring, trembled to see his name in print now.
  5.  Both Mr and Mrs Bramble were secretly a little afraid of their son and did not wish to fall in his esteem. Mr Bramble was already thirty-one years old and he had decided to have his last boxing match and then retire.  A week away, Bill Bramble was scheduled to have his last fight, the twenty-round contest with American Murphy at the National Sporting Club, for which he was training at the White Hart down the road.  Mrs Bramble sends Harold for a walk but she is surprised to see her husband and her brother, Major Percy Stokes in the doorway. She is shocked to know that Bill has decided not to fight and there is lot of discussion regarding his decision with Percy Stokes. Mrs Bramble makes it clear that this step was unacceptable to her, even if she did not like her husband's profession.
  6. Bramble was supposed to win five hundred pounds, and one hundred and twenty, even if he lost. This money was very much needed to cater to Harold's education. The trainer, Jerry Fisher, enters at this juncture and he is also shocked to discover that Bill has decided to back out at the eleventh hour. Jerry begs, pleads, cries and tempts Bill but he is steadfast in his decision because this fight will be covered by all newspapers and Harold will discover this secret. Tempers are running high, and at this critical moment, Harold makes his entry. Mr Jerry Fisher feels cheated, he wants his revenge. So he spills over the entire story to Harold, despite all opposition. Bill feels let down in front of his son and tells him frankly that he was not a man of wrath but just a professional boxer and he is withdrawing from his last match.
  7. Harold who had been watching all, suddenly surprises everyone. He is angry with his parents for hiding this secret but the content of his speech takes everyone's breath away. Harold reveals that he was betting his pocket money on the defeat of Jimmy Murphy and his friends would have been awefully proud of him, had they known that his father was 'Young Porky'. He even requests for a photograph of his father to impress his friends. This talk encourages Jerry Fischer and Bill also goes to complete his training. Harold reverts back to playing games with his mother and continues with his affectionate chat.
  8. William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre- eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
  9. The first and foremost act of every human being is the stage of infancy, where he makes his presence felt by crying at the top of voices and many a times vomiting any food or drink that is repulsive at the nursing arms of his mother. This period normally last till four years of age.
  10. The second stage is the ‘whining’ school boy where he learns to utter a plaintive, high- pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, o r complaint. His shiny morning face and his satchel; a small bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap; he creeps like a snail and not willing to go to school.
  11. The third stage is his early youth, the peak of love and high romance. He sighs like a burning furnace and sings the sad ballads of romance; full of woe; affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful melodies; to impress his lover’s heart. The impression of her reply can be seen in her eyebrows
  12. The fourth stage is that of a soldier where life is full of obligations, commitment s, compliances, oaths and vows. His beard is like a leopard or panther. He endlessly fights for his honor, a full presence of mind which is sudden and quick in quarrel and a heart to maintain a dignified reputation.
  13. The fifth stage is the adult- hood where a man tries to live a fair and justified life. His belly becomes bigger than normal. He is conscious about his dies and consumes a good intake of ‘capon’ ; a cockerel castrated to improve the flesh for use as food. His eyes are severe with seriousness and his beard is leveled to a formal cut. He is to take a lot of correct decisions to keep up with the ever changing times. So this stage is the most powerful stage in life.
  14. The sixth stage is the middle age. Here is where he prepares for the next level in life i.e. old age. He learns to relax from the hustles of life. His strength begins to weaken and spends more time within the roof of his house. He looks like a buffoon and an old fool in his rugged old slippers. He hangs his spectacles on his nose for reading and all his youthful hose, ; a flexible tube for conveying, a liquid, as water, to a desired point; saved for the world too wide. His shank begins to shrink with time; the part of the lower limb in humans between the knee and the ankle; leg. Even his voice begins to descend to a lower tone. In his free time, he smokes his pipe and whistles his matured melodies.
  15. The seventh stage, even the last stage, that is the old- age where he enters his second childhood. It is also the beginning of the end of his eventful history. It is also the stage of oblivion; the state of forgetting or of being oblivious ; official disregard or overlooking of offenses; he is without everything; without teeth, eyes and taste.
  16. • World’s a stage • Men and women are merely players • Bubble reputation • Big manly voice
  17. • Creeping like a snail • Sighing like furnace • Bearded like the pard