The Recurring Dream | Summary | Word Meanings | Question and Answers

Summary Of 'The Recurring Dream':

Kimberly Clark is a pretty girl living in London and she has a good position in the office. She has a mysterious dream which frequently repeats at night. The dream is mysterious because it is about a person and place, which are completely strange to her and it is a recurring dream.

Her dream begins on a country road which has lane with a white fence and a hedge on each side. At the end of the lane, on the top of a little hill, there is a little white cottage with green shutters. In the dream she goes there, looks around and sees an old man sleeping in a room. The old man is small, with white hair and beard. When Kim goes near the old man he wakes up. When she opens her mouth to talk with him, she finds her in her own apartment.

Kim talks about the dream with her roommate, Janet. She suggests that she should go to her parent's farm in the country which is peaceful where she forgets the dream because the dream is bothering her very much. They leave the city for the country. Janet drives her car and Kim sleep behind. She feels asleep and wakes up immediately after Janet turns the car to a country road and says to Janet that she sees the exact place which appears in her dream. She wants to go there but Janet suggests that it is only her imagination and they should go on. Instead of Janet's request Kim go to the house.

Kim finds everything the same in the house. She goes to the door and knocks on it. She is frightened, her hands tremble. After a minute the old man opens the door and makes his eyes wide and suddenly closes the door. She stops him and asks if the house is on the sale. There is only one difference between the house in the dream and this house. In reality there is FOR SALE sign just in front of the house. The old man opens the door a little and says she can not buy the house because a ghosts haunts the house every night. Kim asks who is the ghost and the old man says with a loud whisper that the ghost is Kim herself. Then he closes the door.

Translation Of 'The Recurring Dream' In Nepali is given below in 'COMMENT' Section. :)

Word Meanings in Nepali of 'THE RECURRING DREAM'
'THE RECURRING DREAM' Nepali Word Meanings
Nepali Meanings 'THE RECURRING DREAM'
English and Nepali Word Meanings of 'THE RECURRING DREAM'

Word

Meaning

recurring (adj)happening time after time (बारम्बार दोहोरिने)
pretty (adj)beautiful (राम्री)
mysterious (adj)strange ( रहस्यमय)
whisper (n)low speech (साउती)
frequently (adv)time and again (पटक-पटक)
country (n)village, remote area (दुर्गम गाउँ)
lane (n)way (बाटो)
fence (n)barrier (बार)
hedge (n)bush (झाडी, झाङ्ग)
shutter (n)window (बाहिर पट्टि खोल्ने ठूलो झ्याल)
apartment (n)flat (कोठा)
bother (v)to trouble (दु:ख दिनु, दिक्क लगाउनु)
roommate (n)room partner (कोठामा सँगै बस्ने साथी)
constantly (adv)frequently (लगातार)
exclaim (v)to express surprise (आश्चर्य व्यक्त गर्नु)
pound (v)beat (heart) (मुटु ढुक ढुक गर्नु)
tremble (v)shake (काम्नु)
immediately(adv)recently (तुरुन्तै)
stammer (v)speak with difficulty (भकभकाउनु)
haunt (v)(of ghost) visit someone or appear in a place (बारम्बार आउनु, तर्साउनु)

Question-Answers Of 'THE RECURRING DREAM':


Understanding (बोध)
Answer the following. (तलका प्रश्नहरुको उत्तर दिनुहोस्।)
1. In which country does this story take place ? (यो कथा देशको हो ?)
Ans: This story takes place in England.

2. How old is Kim at this time ? (यस समयमा किम कति बर्षकी छिन् ?)
Ans: She is twenty five years old.

3. Who is Kim's roommate ? (किमको कोठामा बस्ने साथी को हो ?)
Ans: Janet is Kim's roommate.

4. Where is the house in Kimberly's dream ? (किमको सपनाको घर कहाँ छ ?)
Ans: In Kim's dream it is in the country on the top of a small hill.

5. Describe the lane and the house. (बाटो र घरको बर्णन गर्नुहोस्।)
Ans: There is a lane with white fence and a hedge on each side. It has white colour at the top of a little hill and green shutters.

6. Describe the man Kim sees in the house. (किमले घरमा देखेको मानिसको बर्णन गर्नुहोस्।)
Ans: The man is small, old with white hair and white beard. He is sleeping in a room.

7. Where, in the house, is the man when she sees him ? (उनले देखेको बेला त्यो मानिस घरको कुन ठाउँमा हुन्छ ?)
Ans: When she sees him, he is sleeping in his room.

8. Where does Janet want to take Kim for a few days ? (केही दिनका लागि Janet किमलाई कहाँ लान चाहन्छिन् ?)
Ans: Janet wants to take Kim in her parent's farm in the country for a few days.

9. Where does Kim see a house like the one in her dream ? (सपनामा देखेको जस्तो घर किमले कहाँ देख्छिन् ?)
Ans: Kim sees a house in the country like the one in her dream.

10. What does she do when she sees the house ? (घर देखे पछि उनले के गर्छिन् ?)
Ans: When she sees the house she requests Jan to stop the car to go there to see.

11. What does the little, old man do when he sees Kim at the door ? (बूढो मानिसले किमलाई ढोकामा देखेपछि के गर्छ ?)
Ans: When the old man sees Kim at the door, he widens his eyes and closes the door.

Answer the following. (तलका प्रश्नहरुको उत्तर दिनुहोस्।)
1. What do you think is the reason some people have recurring dream ?(केही मानिसहरुले बारम्बार उही सपना देखिरहनुको कारण के होला जस्तो लाग्छ तपईलाई ?)
Ans: The reason some people have recurring dream is psychological. If someone thinks of anything constantly (लगातार) it recurs into his mind frequently and he dreams.

2. Why do you think Kim has this dream ? (तपाईलाई किमले यो सपना किन देख्छिन् जस्तो लाग्छ ?)
Ans: I think, Kim has this dream because, she takes it as mysterious and strange and thinks of the event constantly.

3. It says in the story that Kim simply goes into the house in her dream, but it does not say how she enters. How do you think she enters ? (किम कोठा भित्र कसरी प्रवेश गर्छिन् होला जस्तो लाग्छ ?)
Ans: In the dream, our spirit goes somewhere and it is not stopped by any physical things so she enters automatically in the dream.

4. In your opinion, why does Kim wake up each time she tries to speak to the man in her dream ? (तपाईको विचारमा बोल्न लागेकै वेलामा किम किन ब्युँझिन्छिन् ?)
Ans: In my opinion, she wakes up each time she tries to speak because she moves her mouth and the physical movement makes her awake.

5. Why does Janet want to take Kim to her parent's farm for a few days ? (Janet ले किमलाई किन उनको बाबुको खेतीमा केही दिनका लागि लान खोज्छिन् ?)
Ans: Janet wants to take Kim to her parent's farm for a few days because she thinks that Kim would forget about the recurring dream in the peaceful environment.

6. When Kim sees a cottage like the one in her dream, Janet does not want her to go see it why ? (Janet ले किन किमलाई त्यो घरतिर नजान भन्छिन् ?)
Ans: When they enter into country road Kim sees a cottage like the one in her dream and Janet doesn't want her to go to see it because she thinks that is only Kim's imagination.

7. Why does Kim's body shake when she sees the little, old man at the door of the cottage ? (त्यो बूढो मानिसलाई देखेपछि किमको शरीर किन काँप्छ ?)
Ans: Because he is like the man of her dream and she becomes nervous.

8. Why does the little, old man close the door when she sees Kim ? (किमलाई देखेको बेला बुढो मानिसले किन ढोका बन्द गर्छ ?)
Ans: Because he thinks she is the ghost.

9. Why does Kim say something about the FOR SALE sign ? (किमले FOR SALE संकेतको बारेमा किन केही भन्छिन् ?)
Ans: Kim says something about the FOR SALE sign since she has become nervous and she does not know what to say.

10. Why do you think the cottage is FOR SALE ? (तपाईको विचारमा त्यो झुप्रो किन बिक्रीमा छ ?)
Ans: The cottage is FOR SALE because it is usually visited by a ghost.

C. Speaking Practice (बोल्ने अभ्यास)
(Divide the class into small groups.)
1. Tell the story in your words. One person can begin, another continue, and so on. (For practice, can you tell it in present tense ?) (आफ्नै शब्दमा The Recurring Dream को कथा भन्नुहोस्।)
Ans:
Kimberly Clark is a pretty girl living in London and she has a good position in the office. She has a mysterious dream which frequently repeats at night. The dream is mysterious because it is about a person and place, which are completely strange to her and it is a recurring dream.

Her dream begins on a country road which has lane with a white fence and a hedge on each side. At the end of the lane, on the top of a little hill, there is a little white cottage with green shutters. In the dream she goes there, looks around and sees an old man sleeping in a room. The old man is small, with white hair and beard. When Kim goes near the old man he wakes up. When she opens her mouth to talk with him, she finds her in her own apartment.

Kim talks about the dream with her roommate, Janet. She suggests that she should go to her parent's farm in the country which is peaceful where she forgets the dream because the dream is bothering her very much. They leave the city for the country. Janet drives her car and Kim sleep behind. She feels asleep and wakes up immediately after Janet turns the car to a country road and says to Janet that she sees the exact place which appears in her dream. She wants to go there but Janet suggests that it is only her imagination and they should go on. Instead of Janet's request Kim go to the house.
Kim finds everything the same in the house. She goes to the door and knocks on it. She is frightened, her hands tremble. After a minute the old man opens the door and makes his eyes wide and suddenly closes the door. She stops him and asks if the house is on the sale. There is only one difference between the house in the dream and this house. In reality there is FOR SALE sign just in front of the house. The old man opens the door a little and says she can not buy the house because a ghosts haunts the house every night. Kim asks who is the ghost and the old man says with a loud whisper that the ghost is Kim herself. Then he closes the door.

2. Make up questions of your own about the story to ask others in the class . (If you ask "yes or no" questions, ask also "why?" or "why not") (कक्षाका अरु बिधार्थीलाई कथाका बारेमा प्रश्न गर्न प्रश्नहरु तयार गर्नुहोस्।)
Ans: The questions on UNDERSTANDING-above can be asked to other students in the class.

RHETORICAL STRATEGIES (शैलीगत योजना)
A. Vocabulary Practice (शब्द अभ्यास)
1. Underline the correct answers. (ठीक उत्तरलाई छुट्याउनुहोस्।)
a. A recurring dream is one which happens (once in a while/once/frequently).
Ans: frequently
b. Kimberly says that she thinks about the dream constantly, which means that she thinks about it (all the time/sometimes/once in a while).
Ans: all the time
c. A cottage is (a little house/house with shutters/a white house).
Ans: a little house
d. A mysterious dream is a dream which is (recurring/strange/in the country).
Ans: strangee.
e. When Kim's roommate says, "You only imagine this place is the same," she means that Kim (thinks/knows/understands) that this place is the same.
Ans: thinks
f. The lane in this story is (one side of a freeway/a pathway/an alley).
Ans: an alley (गल्ली)
g. Kim's heart pounds as she stands in front of the cottage because (she has a headache/she is nervous/she has heart trouble).
Ans: she is nervous.
h. A FOR SALE sign in front of a house indicates that the person who owns it wants to (sell it/rent it/buy it).
Ans: sell it.
i. Kim stammers when she tries to talk to the man because (she doesn't know what to say/she wants to buy the house/she sees a ghost).
Ans: she doesn't know what to say.
j. When the man says "A ghost haunts this house,"he means that (a ghost comes to the house/a ghost wakes people up in the house/a ghost scares people in the house).
Ans: a ghost comes to the house.

2. Match the words or phrases which have more or less the same meaning. (शब्दहरु वा वाक्यांशहरु छानी उस्तै अर्थ लाग्ने अरु शब्दहरु वा वाक्यांशहरु सँग जोडा मिलाउनुहोस्।)
Ans:
a. take place                6. happen (घटना घट्नु)
b. go in                         1. enter (प्रवेश गर्नु)
c. find                           3. discover (पत्ता लगाउनु)
d. bother                      2. trouble (दुख दिनु)
e. speak                        5. talk (गफ गर्नु)
f. tremble                     4. shake (कांप्नु)
g. close                          7. shut (बन्द गर्नु)

3. Match the opposites. (बिपरित शब्दहरु मिलाउनुहोस्)  
Ans:
a. same (उस्तै)              1. different (फरक)
b. strange (अनौठो)      3. familiar (जाने बुझेको)
c. old (बूढो)                   7. young (जवान)
d. early (चाँडो)              2. late (ढिलो)
e. white (सेतो)               6. black (कालो)
f. hard (कडा, साह्रो)      4. soft (नरम)

B. Practice with present tense (वर्तमान कालको अभ्यास)
Choose the correct form of the verb. (क्रियाको उपयुक्त रुप छान्नुहोस्)
(नोट : उत्तरहरु बोल्ड फेसमा दिईएका छन्।)
Ans:
  1. Kimberly (work/works) for a large company.
  2. Kim and her roommate (live/lives) in London.
  3. The girl (look/looks) at the cottage on the hill.
  4. The little house (have/has) green shutters.
  5. The girls (go/goes) to the country.
  6. Jan does not (dream/dreams) about a little old man.
  7. All people (have/has) dreams.
  8. The man does not (sleep/sleeps) on the floor.
  9. Kim (know/knows) no old man like this.
  10. She doesn't (know/knows) this place either.
  11. Cottages do not always (have/has) green shutters.
  12. Ghosts sometimes (haunt/haunts) houses.
  13. I (think/thinks) he wants to sell the house.
  14. Do you sometimes (see/sees) strange things ?
  15. I think you and I sometime (imagine/imagines) things.
Discussion Questions/ Writing Practice (छलफलमा प्रश्न /लेख्ने अभ्यास)
Question No. 1: Tell about an experience with a strange dream ( a dream of yours or of someone you know). (एउटा अनौठो सपनाको अनुभव बारे भन्नुहोस्।)
Ans: Many years ago, I used to dream about flying from one place to another. I used to go up the stiff and high cliffs. I used to play with my friends and a small goat used to appear in the lawn. I used to beat it but unfortunately, it used to be a great black horse which would chase me. I used to run away but the horse used to follow me. Then I used to fly over the cliff but when I was flying I used to wake up in my room. The dream used to be repeated once a week so I used to be worried about the dream.

Question No. 2: Some people think all dreams have special meanings. What do you think ? Tell about it, using examples if you can. (कोही व्यक्तिहरु सबै सपनाहरुको बिशेष अर्थ हुन्छ भन्छन्, तपाई के सोच्नु हुन्छ ? सक्नु हुन्छ भने उदाहरण प्रयोग गरी यसका बारेमा लेख्नुहोस्।)
Ans: If we can symbolize (प्रतीकात्मक बनाउनु) all dreams, some of them may have special meanings. Dream is like an imagination (कल्पना), so every dream doesn't have special meaning but sometimes some dreams have special meaning. For example, when I have to fight with someone I dream fire or ploughing. Certainly I have to face some problems after I dream like this but it is unlikely to have special meaning of all dream.

Question No. 3: Tell what you know about people in your part of the country who says that their body can be in one place while the 'spirit' is in another. (जब हँस निस्केर अर्को ठाउँमा जान्छ त्यसबेला जिउ अर्कै तिर रहन्छ भन्ने तपाईको ठाउँमा मान्छेहरुको भनाईको बारेमा साथीहरुलाई बताउनुहोस्।)  
Ans: Many people think that when they sleep, their spirit goes out. It goes somewhere, does something and returns to the body. I think it is not scientifically proved, yet we do not know why and how we dream. But in my country, many people believe in the separation (विभाजन) of the spirit and body. They even say that our spirit goes off the body and we die. As long as the spirit lives into the body, we remain alive. They tell so many stories that the spirit really exists there but the people of the young generation don't believe in the spirit. They can't say what is the reality, however.

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  1. नेपालीमा अनुवाद (Translation Of 'The Recurring Dream' In Nepali):

    Kimberly Clark लन्डनमा काम गर्दै बस्ने २५ बर्षकी महिला हुन्। तिनी सुन्दरी छिन्, नाच्न मन पराउँछिन् र उनका थुप्रै दसाथीहरु छन्। उनी ठूलो कम्पनीमा काम गर्छिन् र उनको पद पनि राम्रो छ।
    तापनि Kim सँग एउटा रहस्यमय यसकारण छ कि तिनी एउटा अनौठो ठाउँ र व्यक्तिलाई सपनामा देख्छिन्। फेरि यस सपनालाई लगातार रुपमा देखिरहनु अर्को आश्चर्यजनक कुरा छ। र अन्त्यमा उनी प्रत्यक रात त्यही सपना देख्छिन्।

    सपना जहिले पनि एउटा पहाडी बाटो बाट सुरु हुन्छ। Kim त्यो बाटोमा उभिन्छिन् र सेतो बार छेउछाउमा पोथ्रा भएको बाटो हेर्दछिन्। बाटोको अन्त्यमा, सानो पहाडको टुप्पोमा एउटा सानो हरियो भित्ता भएको घर छ। सपनामा तिनी त्यहाँ भित्र जान्छिन् र वरिपरि हेर्छिन्। एउटा कोठामा ओछ्यानमा एउटा मान्छे सुतेको देख्छिन्। त्यो बुढो मान्छे सेतो कपाल र दाह्री भएको सानो छ। Kim जब त्यो ओछ्यानको नजिक पुग्छिन् त्यो बुढो ब्युँझिन्छ। जब Kim त्यो बुढो सँग बोल्न मुख खोल्छिन् तिनी आफ्नो लण्डनको कोठामा ब्युँझिन्छिन्।
    त्यस्तो ठाउँ र घर कहिले नदेखेको अनौठो सपनाले उनलाई ज्यादै दुख दिन्छ। त्यस्तो बुढो मान्छे पनि उनले कहिल्यै देखेकी छनन्। प्रत्यक रात त्यहि सपना दोहोरिन्छ, उनी त्यहि बाटोमा हुन्छिन्। उस्तै सेतो बार, बाटो, पोथ्राहरू सब त्यही कुरा। त्यसरी नै उनी भित्र प्रवेश गर्छिन्, बुढो सँग बोल्दा उनी ब्युँझिन्छिन्।

    Kim उनको कोठाको साथी Janet त्यो सपना सँधै बताउँछिन्। एकदिन Janet ले आफ्नो बुबा-आमाको खेतीमा केहि दिन जान प्रस्ताव राख्दछिन्। किनभने त्यो ठाउँ धेरै शान्त छ। आँखाभरी आँसु पारेर Kim ले भनिन् यो राम्रो कुरा हो। मलाई सपनाले ज्यादै सताउँछ। यो मेरो दिमागमा लगातार आउँछ।

    उनीहरुको योजना मुताविक अर्को शनिवार विहान सवेरै शहर छोडी Janet को कारमा पहाडतिर लाग्दछन्। तिनीहरु चांडै नै शहरको दृश्य र हल्ला बाट टाढा पुग्छन्। Kim पछाडि बसेर निदाउँछिन्। Janet ले कारलाई पहाडमा घुमाएपछि Kim ब्युँझिन्छिन् तुरुन्तै उनले आँखा ठूला ठूला बनाउँछिन्।

    उनी अचम्म मान्दै त्यही हो Jan भन्छिन्। Janet ले के त्यही भनेर सोध्दा फेरी त्यही मैले सपनामा देखेको ठाउँ भन्छिन्। Janet भन्छिन् त्यो तिम्रो सपनाको बारेमा छोदिदेउ यो त्यस्तै ठाउँ हो तिमीले कल्पना मात्र गरेकी हौ, त्यस्तो मिल्ने ठाउँ यो पहाडमा कति छन् कति।
    Kim भन्छिन् होइन यो कल्पना मात्र होइन। यो त्यही ठाउँ हो, बाटो, सेतो बार, पोथ्रा, सबै एउटै छ। र त्यहाँ सानो हरियो सटर भएको सेतो झुप्रो पनि त्यही हो, कृपया मलाई बाहिर जान देऊ।

    Janet ले कार रोकेर त्यहाँ जानु ठिक छैन अब अघि बढौं भन्छिन् तर Kim भन्छिन् होइन म त्यहाँ जान्छु मलाई जान देऊ। Kim ले ढोका खोल्छिन् र बाहिर निस्कन्छिन्। पहिला तिनी बाटोमा उभिन्छिन् त्यसरी नै जसरी उनी सपनामा गर्दछिन्, विस्तारै हिंड्दछिन्, पोथ्रा र सेता बारहरु छन्। जब तिनी सेतो घरको अगाडि उभिन्छिन् उनको मुटु धड्किन्छ। घरको अगाडि FOR SALE लेखेको वाहेक सबै कुरा ठ्याक्कै मिल्छ।

    उनी घरको ढोकामा गएर ढकढक्याऊँछिन्। पर्खेर बस्दा उनका हातहरु काम्छ्न्। एक मिनेट पछि ढोका खुल्छ र ढोकाको छेउमा एउटा बूढो, सानो, सेतो कपाल र सेतो दाह्री भएको ठ्याक्कै सपनाकै जस्तै मान्छे उभिन्छ, उनको सम्पूर्ण शरीर काँप्दछ। जब त्यो बुढोले Kim लाई देख्दछ उसले आँखा ठूला-ठूला बनाएर तुरुन्तै ढोका बन्द गर्दछ। Kim ले कराएर कृपया ढोका बन्द नगर्नुहोस्, मैले तपाई सँग बोल्नुछ भन्छिन् र बूढो ढोका सानो खोलेर Kim लाई हेर्छ र सोध्छ "तिमी यहाँ के चाहन्छ्यौ ?" Kim ले के भन्ने थाहा पाउँदिनन् तर उनी उसँग बोल्न चाहन्छिन् र भक्भकाऊँदै म ... म यो घर बिक्रीमा छ भन्ने देख्छु नि भन्छिन्। बूढो भन्छ "तर मलाई निश्चित छ तिमी यो घर किन्ने छैनौ"। Kim ले "किन !" भनेर सोध्छिन् र बूढो भन्छ यो घरमा भूत आउने गर्छ। Kim ले मानेर यस्तो राम्रो घरमा भूत आउँछ र भनेर सोध्छिन् र बूढो भन्छ हो आउँछ प्रत्यक रात आउँछ। Kim ले बडो कठिनाईको साथ भक्भकाउँदै त्यो भूत को हो चिन्नु हुन्छ कि भनेर सोध्छिन्। बूढो चिन्छु भन्छ, Kim ले को होला भनेर सोध्छिन्। बूढोले चर्को कानेखुसीको भाषामा त्यो भूत तिमी नै त हौ भनेर ढोका बन्द गर्छ।

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