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Q.1. What was the profession of Gerrard? How did he manage his work?
Gerrard was a playwright. He managed his work from his cottage and managing the actors at the theaters.
Q.2. How did Gerrard react on seeing the intruder?
Gerrard reacted very calmly on seeing the intruder. He did not express any anxiety or concern or even get afraid of him.
Q.3. Why did Gerrard tell the intruder ‘you will not kill me for a very good reason’?
Gerrard told the intruder ‘you will not kill me for a very good reason’ because he had planned to present himself as a murderer who is wanted by the law.
Q.4. The way Gerrard behaved when the intruder entered his cottage presented that he was amused to see him. Do you think that he was really amused, or he was pretending?
The way Gerrard behaved when the intruder entered his cottage presented that he was amused to see him. No, Gerrard was not really amused but was pretending to be amused. He did not want to give away to the intruder that he was afraid of him. He continued to plan how he would be able to get rid of the intruder. When the intruder threatened to kill him with his pistol, he declared himself a fugitive who was wanted for a murder and the police was on his track and were on their way to arrest him.
Q.5. What was the intention of the intruder when he entered Gerrard’s cottage?
The intruder had been following Gerrard for over a period. He had seen him in Aylesbury and had listened to the conversation of other two people who were talking about Gerrard. He could gather that he was a queer man. He also found out that Gerrard used to place his orders on phone, disappear suddenly and reappear similarly. He had planned to enter Gerrard’s cottage, enter conversation to know how he used to work and adopt his identity after killing him. He was wanted for a murder and was on the run. By taking Gerrard’s identity, he wanted to lead a free and fearless life.
Q.6. What does the intruder threaten?
He threatens that he will make Gerrard crawl.
Q.7. What was Gerrard doing when the intruder entered his cottage?
Gerrard was packing his bag and was preparing to leave to go out and work on a play when the intruder entered his cottage.
Q.8. What was the intention of the intruder when he trespassed into the cottage?
The intention of the intruder was to kill Gerrard and take his identity when he trespassed into the cottage.
Q.9. What does Gerrard start telling?
He starts telling the story of his life.
Q.10. What does Gerrard want?
He wants to change his position.