The Hack Driver The Hack Driver

Why is the lawyer sent to New Mullion? Why is he disappointed?
The lawyer is sent to New Mullion to serve summons on a man called Oliver Lutkins. He was witness in a law case and he had ignored all their letters. He was excited to see a sweet simple village but was disappointed when he saw its streets were rivers of mud, with rows of wooden shop which were either painted a sour brown or bare of any paint at all.
Who befriends lawyer? Where does he take him?
What does Bill say about Lutkins?
What more does Bill say about Lutkins and his family?
Does the narrator serve the summons that day?
When the lawyer reached New Mullion, did 'Bill' know that he was looking for Lutkins? When do you think 'Bill' came up with his plan for fooling the lawyer?
Lutkins openly takes the lawyer all over the village. How is that no one lets out the secret?
Why do you think Lutkin'sneighbours were anxious to meet the lawyer?
After his first day's experience with the hack driver the lawyer thinks of returning to New Mullion to practice law. Do you think he would have reconsidered this idea after his second visit?
Do you think the lawyer was gullible? How could he have avoided being taken for a ride?
I was sent, not to prepare legal briefs, but to serve summons, like a cheap detective. a. At what post was 'I' working? b. Why was he not given legal briefs to prepare? c. Find a word meaning 'court order' from the given extract.
He was so open and friendly that I glowed with the warmth of his affection. I knew, of course, that he wanted the business, but his kindness was real. a. Who is 'he' in these lines? b. Give an instance of his kindness. c. Explain ā€œI glowed with the warmth of his affectionā€.
So we pursued him, just behind him, but never catching him, for an hour till it was past one 0' clock, a. Who was pursuing whom? b. Why were they pursuing him? c. Why could they never catch him?
What really hurt me was that when I served the summons, Lutkins and his mother laughed at me as though I were a bright boy of seven. a. What hurt the narrator? b. Why did the two laugh? c. Why did they consider him a boy of seven?
I had to go to dirty and shadowy corners of the city to seek out my victims. Some of the larger and more self-confident ones even beat me up. a. Who is 'I'? b. What was the nature of 'I's job? c. Find a word from the extract which means 'find'.
When I got to New Mullion, my eager expectations of a sweet and simple country village were severely disappointed. Its streets were rivers of mud, with rows of wooden shops, either painted a sour brown, or bare of any paint at all. a. Who is 'I'? b. Why was 'I' disappointed? c. Why did ā€˜Iā€™ go to New Mullion?
Why did the narrator call his work unpleasant?
How did the chief react when the narrator returned to his town?
Describe the hack driver's appearance in your own words.
How does the narrator find Lutkins eventually?
Why does the hack driver offer to ask about Oliver Lutkins?
Why did Lutkins pretend to be Bill?
But he was no more dishonest than I'. Explain.
The narrator was happy though he had not found Lutkins. Why?
What impressed the narrator most about Bill?
The narrator strikes us as a romantic idealist. Do you agree? Support your answer from the text.
Describe 'Bill' as seen through the eyes of the narrator.
Appearances are often deceptive'. Comment on the statement in the light of your reading of the story.

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