Q: How did the people behave with Mr. Hubert when he pleaded his innocence?
Mr. Hubert went along, stopping his friends and telling them the truth of the matter. No one believed him. Instead they abused him and used foul language.
Q: Why did people make fun of Hubert’s innocence?
People made fun of Hubert’s innocence because he had become too serious in this matter. Moreover, Hubert’s explanation did not seem acceptable. Comment on the mentality of the people who did not believe Hubert. People mostly need fun and entertainment. These people did not believe him because they found more enjoyment in Manana’s story. They did not have positive mentality.
Q: How was the pocketbook ultimately found?
The next day in the afternoon a man named George returned the pocketbook to Mr. James. He said that he had found it on the road to the village market.
Q: Why did George give the pocketbook to his employer?
George was not an educated man. He did not know how to read and write. Therefore, he could not read the name of the owner of the pocketbook. This is why he gave it to his employer.
Q: What did the people think of Hubert when they heard of the return of the pocketbook?
The people thought that Hubert was telling lies. They were sure that he had picked up the pocketbook. They thought that he would have thrown it. So they never believed him.
Q: What grieved Mr. Hubert more than anything else? OR What made him feel shameful?
Mr. Hubert was a gentleman. He never committed any crime in his life. In this case, people thought that he was a liar. He could not face this situation. This thing grieved him a lot.
Q: What was the effect of the distrust that people showed in Mr. Hubert?
Mr. Hubert felt this shame and disgrace to his self-respect. He started losing weight. People, noticed that he was getting weaker and weaker. He took to his bed and soon he died.