Answer the following questions in short:
Q1. Why is the writer fond of locks?
Ans. The writer can have a short stay from the monotony of pulling, can have a chat with cheerful-looking wife or bright-eyed daughter of the stout old lock-keeper and even he can meet other boats in the lock. So he is fond of locks.
Q2. Mention the importance of Wallingford.
Ans. Wallingford is situated six miles above Streatley. It is a very ancient town and it had been an active centre for the making of English history. It was a rude mud-built town in the time of the Britons who were evicted by the Roman legions.
Q3. Why was the writer surprised to notice the actions of George?
Ans. The writer was surprised at noticing George hurriedly smooth out his trousers, ruffle up his hair and stick his cap on in a rakish manner and assuming an expression of mingled affability and sadness.
Q4. What did the writer do when the truth came to his knowledge?
Ans. The writer came to know that some cameraman was taking their photographs. He quickly took up a position in the prow in an attitude suggestive of agility and strength. He arranged his hair with a curl over the forehead and put up an expression of tender wistfulness and cynicism.
Q5. How does the writer describe Dorchester?
Ans. Like wallingford, Dorchester was a city in ancient British times. It was then called ‘Caer Doren”, “the city on the water.” In sexton days it was the capital of Wessex.