NCERT Solutions for class 9th English Chapter 9 The Bond of Love



I. Given in the box are some headings. Find the relevant paragraphs in the text to match the headings.

An Orphaned Cub; Bruno’s Food-chart; An Accidental Case of Poisoning; Playful Baba; Pain of Separation; Joy of Reunion; A Request to the Zoo; An Island in the Courtyard.

Ans. Paragraph No.

  • An Orphaned Cub 1
  • Bruno’s Food-chart 6
  • An Accidental Case of Poisoning 8
  • Playful Baba 12
  • Pain of Separation 14 Joy of Reunion 17
  • A Request to the Zoo 18
  • An Island in the Courtyard 21

II. Answer the following questions.

1. ‘‘I got him for her by accident.’’

(i) Who says this?
(ii) Who do ‘him’ and ‘her’ refer to?
(iii) What is the incident referred to here?

2. ‘‘He stood on his head in delight.’’

(i) Who does ‘he’ refer to?
(ii) Why was he delighted?

3. ‘‘We all missed him greatly: but in a sense we were relieved.’’

(i) Who does ‘we all’ stand for?
(ii) Who did they miss?
(iii) Why did they nevertheless feel relieved?

Ans. 1. (i) The author says this.
(ii) ‘Him’ refers to the baby bear and ‘her’ refers to the author’s wife.
(iii) The incident refers to the catching of the baby bear.

  1. (i) ‘He’ refers to the baby bear.
    (ii) ‘He’ was delighted to see the author’s wife after a long time.
  2. (i) The author, his wife and son.
    (ii) They missed the baby bear.
    (iii) They felt relieved because it was getting difficult to keep the baby bear at home.

III. Answer the following questions in 30 to 40 words each.

  1. On two occasions Bruno ate/drank something that should not be eaten/drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?
  2. Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?

Ans. 1. Bruno ate barium carbonate which was put to kill the rats and mice. Paralysis set to the extent that he could not stand on his feet. Once he drank one gallon of old engine oil. But it had no ill effects whatsoever.

2. Yes, Bruno was a loving and playful pet. But he was mischievous also. The bear became very attached to the narrator’s two Alsatian dogs and the children of the tenants. Bruno had grown many times the size he was when he came. Now her name was changed to Baba. Now he was getting too big to be kept at home. So he was sent to a zoo.


I. 1. Find these words in the lesson. They all have ie or ei in them.

f____ld ingred____nts h____ght misch____vous fr____nds ____ghty-seven rel____ved p____ce

2. Now here are some more words. Complete them with ei or ie. Consult a dictionary if necessary.

bel____ve rec____ve w____rd l____sure s____ze w____ght r____gn f____gn gr____f p____rce

(There is a popular rule of spelling: ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’. Check if this rule is true by looking at the words above.)

Ans. 1. Field ingredients height mischievous friends eighty-seven relieved piece

2. believe receive weird leisure seize weight reign feign grief pierce

This rule is applicable only in the case of ‘believe’ ‘grief’ and ‘pierce’ words. The other words have ei instead of ie.

II. Here are some words with silent letters. Learn their spelling. Your teacher will dictate these words to you. Write them down and underline the silent letters.

knock wrestle walk wrong knee half honest daughter hours return hornet calm could sign island button

Ans. For self-attempt at class level.

The silent letters are underlined as under:

knock knee could wrestle half sign walk island wrong daughter calm

III. How to look at an Index

An index is a list of names or topics that are to be found in a book. It is a list arranged in alphabetical order at the end of a book.

The following paragraph shows that the doctor is consulting the index of a medical book to find out which injection is appropriate for Bruno. ‘

‘Out came his medical books, and a feverish reference to index began: What poison did you say, sir ?’’ ‘‘Barium carbonate’’, ‘‘Ah yes—B—Ba—Barium Salts—Ah! Barium carbonate! Symptoms—paralysis—treatment— injections of… Just a minute, sir. I’ll bring my syringe and the medicine.’’

Que. 1. You have read about the French Revolution and you want to know more about the Third Estate in the context of the French Revolution. You can refer to the index of the book Living World History by T. Walter Wallbank and Arnold Schrier:

On which pages in this book will you find information about the French Revolution and the Third Estate?

Ans. French Revolution, 393, 404-405, 408, 427, 489 Third Estate (France), 404-405

Que. 2. To know what ‘Food Security’ and ‘Minimum Support Price’ mean in the context of the economic growth of a country you can go to the subject index given below from Poverty and Famines—An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation by Amartya Sen. Under which heading in the index are you likely to find these topics?

Ans. Famine relief, 43, 57, 87-8, 96–8, 116–17, 131–2.

Que. Given below is a portion of an Index page from the book French’s Index of Differential Diagnosis, edited by F. Dudley Hart M.D., F.R.C.P.

Study the entries and find out whether the following topics are discussed in the book.

(i) bronchitis due to cigarette smoking
(ii) heart failure due to bronchitis
(iii) bronchitis in children

Ans. (i) Yes, page 223 under Bronchitis, acute, causing.
(ii) Heart failure due to… page 82.
(iii) Yes, page 178.

Note. The portions as answers to the above are shown in bold letters.

IV. 1. The Narrative Present

Notice the incomplete sentences in the following paragraphs. Here the writer is using incomplete sentences in the narration to make the incident more dramatic or immediate. Can you rewrite the paragraph in complete sentences? (You can begin: The vet and I made a dash back to the car. Bruno was still floundering…)

(i) A dash back to the car. Bruno still floundering about on his stumps, but clearly weakening rapidly, some vomiting, heavy breathing, with heaving flanks and gaping mouth.

Hold him, everybody! In goes the hypodermic— Bruno squeals—10 c.c. of the antidote enters his system without a drop being wasted. Ten minutes later: condition unchanged! Another 10 c.c. injected! Ten minutes later: breathing less stertorous—Bruno can move his arms and legs a little although he cannot stand yet. Thirty minutes later: Bruno gets up and has a great feed! He looks at us disdainfully, as much as to say, ‘What’s barium carbonate to a big black bear like me?’ Bruno is still eating.

(ii) In the paragraphs above from the story the verbs are in the present tense (eg. hold, goes, etc.). This gives the reader an impression of immediacy. The present tense is often used when we give a commentary on a game (cricket, football, etc.), or tell a story as if it is happening now. It is, therefore, called the narrative present.

You will read more about the present tense in unit 10.

Ans. (i) The vet and I made a dash back to the car. Bruno was still floundering about his stumps. He was also weakening rapidly. He was vomiting and breathing heavily. His flank was heaving and he had a gaping mouth.

The vet told everyone to hold him. He injected 10 c.c. of the antidote into his body. Not even a single drop was wasted. His condition did not change even after ten minutes. Another 10 c.c. of the antidote was injected. After ten minutes his breathing got less stertorous. Bruno could move his arms and legs a little. However, he could not stand. After thirty minutes, he got up and had a great feed. He looked at the vet and others disdainfully. He seemed to be saying, ‘‘What barium, carbonate to a big black bear like him?’’ He was still eating.

(ii) Read yourself and find out.

2. Adverbs

Find the adverbs in the passage below. (You’ve read about adverbs in unit 1)

We thought that everything was over when suddenly a black sloth-bear came out panting in the hot sun. Now I will not shoot a sloth-bear wantonly but, unfortunately for the poor beast, one of my companions did not feel that way about it, and promptly shot the bear on the spot.

Ans. suddenly, wantonly, unfortunately, promptly.

(i) Complete the following sentences, using a suitable adverb ending in ‘—ly’.

(a) Rana does her homework ___.

(b) It rains ___ in Mumbai in June.

(c) He does his work ___ .

(d) The dog serves his master ___.

Ans. (a) carefully (b) heavily (c) diligently (d) faithfully

(ii) Choose the most suitable adverbs or adverbial phrases and complete the following sentences:

(a) We should ___ get down from a moving train. (never, sometimes, often)

(b) I was ___ in need of support after my poor performance. (badly, occasionally, sometimes)

(c) Rita met with an accident. The doctor examined her ____. (suddenly, seriously, immediately)

Ans. (a) never (b) badly (c) immediately

3. Take down the following scrambled version of a story, that your teacher will dictate to you, with appropriate punctuation marks. Then, read the scrambled story carefully and try to rewrite it rearranging the incidents.

A grasshopper, who was very hungry, saw her and said, ‘‘When did you get the corn? I am dying of hunger.’’ She wanted to dry them. It was a cold winter’s day, and an ant was bringing out some grains of corn from her home, She had gathered the corn in summer.

‘‘I was singing all day,’’ answered the grasshopper.

‘‘If you sang all summer,’’ said the ant, ‘‘you can dance all winter.’’

‘‘What were you doing?’’ asked the ant again.

The grasshopper replied, ‘‘I was too busy.’’

‘‘I collected it in summer,’’ said the ant. ‘‘What were you doing in summer? Why did you not store some corn?’’

Ans. It was a cold winter’s day and an ant was bringing out some grains of corn from her home. She had gathered the corn in summer. She wanted to dry them. A grasshopper, who was very hungry, saw her and said,

‘‘I am dying of hunger. When did you get the corn?’’ ‘‘I collected it in summer,’’ said the ant. ‘‘What were you doing in summer? Why did you not store some corn?’’ The grasshopper replied, ‘‘I was too busy.’’ ‘‘What were you doing?’’ asked the ant again. ‘‘I was singing all day,’’ answered the grasshopper. ‘‘If you sang all summer,’’ said the ant, ‘‘you can dance all winter.’’


‘Animals also feel the pleasure of love and the pain of separation’.

Make a presentation by giving examples from your own experience.

Ans. Do yourself.


Pets have unique care and handling requirements and should only be kept by those with the commitment to understand and meet their needs. Give your argument in support of or against this statement.

Ans. In favour of the Motion, Pets play a significant role in the life of its owner. They become the members of the family. Animals do have emotions and sentiments. They play the role of a father, a mother and a brother/sister. They need to be tackled properly. I am of the opinion that pets give us happiness and assist us in regaining confidence in the trying circumstances. These pets need proper care and love. Those who fulfil their requirements become the most fortunate people because they get true friends. It’s very difficult to get a worthy and honest friend in this commercial world. But animals reciprocate love and take care of the entire family. I strongly say that animals should be treated amiably and amicably.


There is an on-going debate whether snake charmers should continue in their profession. You can get some idea about the debate from the newspaper clipping (The Hindu, 16 June 2004) given below. Read it, discuss in pairs or groups, and write either for or against the profession of snake charmers.

Report comes in support of snake charmers

By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, June 15. Over 30 years after the introduction of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) that banned the catching of snakes in India, a small community of snake charmers continues to practise the trade catching over 400,000 snakes every year — which ultimately die — in defiance of the law. A report based on new research by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), however, has strongly recommended that the traditional knowledge of the snake charmers and skills be now utilised for education and medicine by setting up sapera centres. This is mainly because the community has virtually no access to land, education or employment opportunities. They are dependent on snake charming to earn a livelihood. They trade around as vendors of traditional medicine, snake catchers and musicians. Ignorance about the law is quite common.

The report entitled ‘Biodiversity, Livelihoods and the Law: The Case of the Jogi-Nath Snake Charmers of India’ based on path-breaking research was formally released by the Inspector General of Forests, V.K. Bahuguna, along with a presentation by members of the sapera community in the Capital on Monday.

‘‘Despite thirty years of the law being in existence, over 70 per cent of the Jogi-Naths are still dependent on snake charming to earn a livelihood. Ignorance about the law was quite common. None of them own land, even though they would like to,’’ said Bahar Dutt, who led this research. Notably, most of those practising the trade in the current generation are all under 35 years of age.

Trapping occurs throughout the year and during their travels, though this activity increases during the monsoons. According to the data, each family on an average collects at least seven snakes.

Most snakes were force-fed and snake husbandry methods and health were found to be poor. ‘‘The snake charmers community council imposes a heavy fine on a person if the snake dies in his custody as it is considered an extremely bad omen. As a result, the snakes are released when the charmers realise that their condition is deteriorating,’’ said Dutt. Their ambition to showcase the reptiles and earn money was not fulfilled, as they flouted four WPA provisions, for illegally possessing the animals, not feeding them properly, causing injuries by extracting teeth unscientifically and killing snakes for the valuable snake parts and bones. Their offence generally invites imprisonment for three to seven years and a fine up to ` 25,000 in each case.

‘‘On the positive side researchers found that the snake charmers possess a unique ability to handle venomous snakes with a tremendous knowledge of the different species and their behaviour. They are also called by local farmers to retrieve snakes, who would otherwise just kill them, from agricultural fields or human inhabited areas,’’ she said.

Ans. Do yourself.

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