The Boarding House | Summary | Word Meanings | Question Answers | Class 12

'The Boarding House'

Writer : James Joyce

Summary Of 'The Boarding House':

“The Boarding House” is a social story written by James Joyce. The writer deals with the experience of adolescence. The story is about an Irish middle class family living in Dublin. Mrs. Mooney, one of the main characters of the story, was a butcher’s daughter. She was very much confident and independent woman. She was married to her father’s foreman (helper). After marriage she started a butcher’s shop which she ran successfully. But her husband was very stupid and drunkard. He drank all the time and finished most of the property. He fell into a heavy debt. He quarreled with his wife and sometimes attacked her with a cleaver. So she had to go to neighbor's house to sleep. Therefore she got divorced from her husband and opened a boarding house where many tourists, office workers, artists would come to stay.

Mrs. Mooney had a son and a daughter. Her daughter, Polly Mooney was a beautiful girl of 19. She fell in love with Mr. Doran, one of the young boys living at the boarding house. Mrs. Mooney suspected their relation but kept quiet watching their activities. One day she asked Miss Polly about went to Mr. Doran’s room and informed him that her mother had known their secret relation.

Mr. Doran fell in confusion not knowing what to do. In fact, he was not in mind of marrying Polly, she was not educated and her language was not good. She was the daughter of a butcher and her boarding house had no good fame. On the other hand, he was from gentle family and he had a good job. He thought that if he married her all his friends would laugh at him. Miss Polly began to weep but he asked her not to lose patience. At the same time maid (servant) came in his room and said that Mrs. Mooney wanted to talk to him. Wearing a coat he went to see her. Miss Polly sat alone in the room thinking about what he and her mother would make the decision. After sometime her mother called her and said that Mr. Doran wanted to speak to her.

Thus, the story ends in suspense. We don’t know what decision has been made. However, we can say that Mr. Doran must have agreed to marry Miss Polly.

Word Meanings in Nepali of 'The Boarding House'
'The Boarding House' Nepali Word Meanings
Nepali Meanings 'The Boarding House'

Word

Meaning

foremanनाईके
plundersteal, डकैत गर्नु
tillपैसा राख्ने सानो कन्तुर
headlongfast, छिटो, द्रुत गतिमा
pledgeवाचा
break outतुरुन्तै सुरु गर्नु
cleaverछुरी चुप्पी
separationविछोड
sheriffन्याय हेर्ने मानिस
shabbydirty, थोत्राथात्री लुगा लगाएको
pink-veinedगुलावी नशा देखिने
bailiffसरकारी पियन
imposingप्रभावशाली
artisteपेशेवर गायक वा नर्तक
cunninglyधुर्तताका साथ
sternकडा, कठोर
chummyमीत्रवत प्रेमको
hard caseअसम्मानित व्यक्ति
obscenitiesअश्लीलता
mitsसाथीहरु
waltzes and polkasएक किसिमको नृत्य संगीत वा नाच
perverseनराम्रो, अनुचित
shamवहाना
madonaक्राईष्टकी आमा मेरीको अर्को नाम
flirtनखरा देखाउनु
shrewdचलाख, धुर्त
persistentलगातार
complicityखराब काम गर्न मिलेमतो
interveneहस्तक्षेप गर्न
breezeवायु, मन्द हावा
evidentlyप्रमाणिक रुपले
perturbedआकुल हुनु
shashesझ्याल ढोकाको चौकश
pealsध्वनी
belfryघण्टा राख्ने बुर्जा वा घण्टाघर
worshipersभक्तजनहरु, पूजा गर्नेहरु
traversecross, पार गर्नु, तर्नु
demeanourव्यवहार
morselखानाको टुक्रा
crustमाम्री, पाप्रो
reconstructपुनर्निर्माण
awkwardअसजिलो, अफ्ट्यारो
cavalierविचार नभएको, अविवेकी
conniveगलत कुराहरुमा आँखा चिम्लनु
mantelpieceआगो बाल्ने ठाउँ माथी सामान राख्ने ठाउँ
reverieदिवा स्वप्न, ध्यान मग्नता
outragedरिसाएको
rakishकामाशक्त
screw (slang)salary, तलव, वेतन
pier-glassऐना
desistथामिनु, केही कुरा रोक्नु
fringeछेउ, किनारा
magnifyठूलो बनाउनु
loopholeउम्कने ठाउँ
brazen it outकुनै कठिन परिस्थितिको दृढताका साथ सामना गर्नु
raspingकटु, रुखो
agitationचिन्ता
celibateकुमार केटो
caressमाया गरेर सुम्सुम्याउनु
timidlyडरछेरुवा भएर
gustहावा वा आँधीको झोक्का
combing jacketनुहाउँदा लगाउने लुगा
flannelभित्री लुगा
instepमाथिल्लो पैताला
wristsनाडीहरु
steadyस्थीर बनाउनु
tumblerपिउने गिलास
punchरक्सी जस्तो पेय वा हल्कासँग तातोपानी, चिनी, कागती हाली बनाइएको पेय
reluctantअनिच्छुक
moaningशोक व्यक्त गर्नु
implacableअशाम्य, निर्दयी
discomfitureपराजय, चिन्ता
pantryभण्डार कोठा
blondगोरो, कैलो कपाल भएको
in profileकाँटा, अनुहार एकपट्टि मात्र देखिने
amiableरमाईलो, मिजासिलो, मिलनसार
perturbationचिन्ता
cheerfullyखुशीपुर्वक
intricateकठीन
banistersभर्याङ्ग ओर्लंदा र उक्लंदा समाउने डन्डी

# Write a ghost chapter of the confrontation of Mr Doran and Mrs. Mooney. Decide what persuasive strategies Mrs. Mooney will employ to win her case, and how much, if any, resistance Mr. Doran will exhibit. Your chapter may be written as a narrative describing what was said by both parties or as a combination of narrative and dialogue. (श्री डोरान र श्रीमती मुनीको भेटघाट कसरि हुन्छ भनेर देखाउन एक काल्पनिक पाठ (ghost chapter) लेख। आफ्नो पक्षलाई बलियो पार्न श्रीमती मुनीले प्रयोग गर्न फकाउने तरिकाहरुको वर्णन गर, र श्री डोरानले आफुलाई कति हद सम्म रोक्न खोज्ला देखाऊ। दुबैले के भने भनेर वर्णन वा संवाद र वर्णन गर।)
Answer: Mrs. Mooney was much more confident that any woman who would act so much cunningly in such a crucial situation. She knew the course of action. She waited patiently. She was reminded of her own youth when Mrs. Mooney was trapped by her own father. But the marriage turned to be a tragic one after Polly's birth. Mr. Doran was already unsteady. He trembled as he entered the room. He bowed down and made some silent gestures of approval. He knew that he was going to be a victim. He thought that it would be shameful before all the friends. It would have been all right if he had been allowed to take her somewhere far away from the sight of his kith and kin. Mrs. Mooney in a very decent manner asked him all about their relationship. He answered like a guilty criminal. He okayed to marry Miss Polly and agreed to spend with her the rest of his life. He also said that he could continue staying with the mother in the same boarding house. Mrs. Mooney smiled at seeing the innocent young man. Immediately, she asked the servant to call Polly. But the servant was not there. So she called her daughter to come to her for setting the affair.

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