Q.1. What kind of snake did the doctor say was?
The doctor said it was a cobra, but he didn’t know whether it was a male or female snake.
Q.2. What was the kind of house in which the doctor lived?
The doctor lived in a rented house. It was not electrified. He had an army of rats who were living with him in the room.
Q.3. Where did the snake fall from the gable?
The snake fell from the gable and landed on the floor with a thud. The doctor was not moved as he was used to such sounds.
Q.4. Where did the snake slither on the doctor?
The snake moved from the floor, climbed the chair and slithered on to the doctor back. It finally settled on the doctor’s arm below the elbow and coiled itself there with its hood barely four inches away from his face.
Q.5. Describe the house in which the doctor lived when the snake came?
The house in which the doctor lived, when the snake came, was a rented house. It was not electrified. It was a small room on the outer side. I opened the two windows in the room. It was an outer room with one wall facing the open yard. It had a tiled roof with long supporting gables that rested on the beam over the wall. There was no ceiling. There was a regular traffic of rats to and from the beam.
Q.6. What was the thinking of the doctor about the creator of universe when the snake had coiled around his arm?
When the snake coiled itself on the doctor’s arm, the doctor remembered the creator of the world and the universe. He thought that he might say something that the God didn’t like, what would happen. He then tried in his imagination to write in bright letters, the words ‘O God’ in front of his little heart. He was thinking, if the snake bit him, he didn’t have even medicine in his house as he was a poor doctor and had just started practice. He smiled feebly. He thought that probably the God appreciated the smile and the snake unwound itself and slithered through his lap to the top of the table in front of the mirror.
Q.7. Where was the snake when the doctor ran out of his house?
The snake was in the room when the doctor ran out of his house. It was sitting in front of the mirror on the table. When the snake had winded itself on doctor’s arm, it saw its reflection in the mirror and seemed that it like its image.
Q.8. Why did the doctor have to stay in an unelectrified house?
The doctor had to stay in an unelectrified house, since he had just started his practice and was poor, he couldn’t afford anything better and his means were meager.
Q.9. Somebody asked, “Doctor, is your wife very fat?”
Somebody asked the doctor if/whether his wife was fat.
Q.10. “Are there any other funny stories related to cobras?” The young wife enquired.
The young wife enquired if there were any other funny stories related to cobras.