NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 6 - On The Face Of It

NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 6 - On The Face Of It

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On The Face Of It

Page No: 56

Read and Find Out

1. Who is Mr. Lamb? How does Derry get into his garden?


Mr Lamb is an old man with a tin leg. His real leg was blown off years

ago during the war. He lives all alone in his house. There is a garden near

the house. It has ripe crab apples looking orange and golden in colour.

Mr Lamb is sitting in his garden when Derry climbs over the garden wall

to get into his garden. Though the gate is open, the boy does not use it.

Page No: 62

1. Do you think all this will change Derry’s attitude towards Mr. Lamb?


Derry’s burnt face made him the center of ridicule. Although people

sympathized with him, it was never a heartfelt one. This resulted in his

pessimistic approach towards life. He thought that everyone detested

and despised him. On the contrary, Mr. Lamb did not show any pity

towards him. He considered Derry to be his equal and welcomed him in

his garden. He helped the boy to love and live life happily without any

contempt for his own self. Derry had initially considered the old man to

be like others, but he gradually started respecting and liking him for

what he said.

Page No: 69

Reading with Insight

1. What is it that draws Derry towards Mr. Lamb in spite of himself?


Derry finds Mr. Lamb different from others. Mr. Lamb shows no shock or

fear on seeing Derry’s burned face. Rather he talks to him in a loving

manner. He welcomes him to his garden. He offers to pluck apples and

make jelly for him. He calls him his friend. He says that things look

outwardly different, but inwardly they are all the same. He gives the

example of flowers, trees, herbs and weeds. They look different, but

they are all growing living things. Similarly, people can have different

looks, but inwardly they are all the same. Derry says that he hates some

people. At this, Mr. Lamb says that it can do him more harm than any

bottle of acid. Acid burns only the face, but hatred burns one away

inside. He tells Derry never to think of his burned face. He has two arms,

two legs, eyes ears, tongue and a brain. And if he has a firm mind, he

can do better than others. It is by such words of encouragement that

Mr. Lamb draws Derry to himself.

2. In which section of the play does Mr. Lamb display signs of loneliness

and disappointment? What are the ways in which Mr. Lamb tries to

overcome these feelings?


Although the loneliness of Derry dominates the play, there are evident

traces of Mr. Lamb’s loneliness throughout the first scene of the play.

The old man says that having heard the bees for a “long time” he knows

that they “sing”, not buzz. It not only depicts how his perception was 

different from others but also illustrates that he was lonely and that he

did not have any one to be with.

Another evidence of his loneliness is the fact that whole day he sat in

the sun and read books. This proves that books were his only true

friends. He says that his “empty house” is full of books, underlining the

way in which the void of his empty life was filled in by books.

By the end of this scene, it becomes even clearer that he is lonely and

sad when he mutters to himself that no one comes back to him after the

first meeting. Likewise, he did not expect Derry to return. He was so sure

that Derry would never return that he climbed the ladder to collect all

the apples himself, although Derry had offered to help him after

informing his mother. Ironically, the old man would have died unnoticed

if Derry had not returned to fill the emptiness of his own life.

3. The actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is

often much less than the sense of alienation felt by the person with

disabilities. What is the kind of behaviour that the person expects from



A person with any physical impairment can live life with respect and

honour, if he is not ridiculed and punished with heartless pity. He

expects empathy rather than sympathy. If everyone looks down at him

with a pessimistic approach, he may never be able to come out of his

sorrow, and consequently, recline to his own secluded world. He is

already in tremendous mental and emotional pressure. So, he expects

others to be understanding rather than remind him of his disability.

In the play, Derry and Mr. Lamb, both are caught in a similar situation.

Mr. Lamb, as an adult, is able to cope with such problems, but Derry, 

being a child, is not able to untangle this web alone. He develops a

strong liking for this old man because he spoke the words a person, with

such problem, would want to hear.

4. Will Derry get back to his old seclusion or will Mr. Lamb’s brief

association effect a change in the kind of life he will lead in the future?


The brief association of Derry with Mr. Lamb boosted his self-confidence

and helped him to respect his own self. The manner in which the old

man made Derry realize the importance of his being self-dependent, of

respecting himself and of holding on to hope helped Derry undergo a

remarkable change. The new found self-esteem makes him tell his

mother that his looks are not important.

It is not likely that the death of Mr. Lamb would take him back to his

secluded life. This big change is definitely here to stay and would not be

undone due to setbacks.

NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas