Sredni Vashtar: Reading Comprehension

Our Literature teacher Pato gave us some questions to answer after reading the story “Sredni Vashtar”

Questions for after reading…

1. Why is Conradin’s imagination the mainstay of his life?
2. Why do you think Conradin hates his guardian? Give two examples to support your answer.
3. The tool shed is a refuge for Conradin. But he keeps it a well guarded secret. Why was this so?
4. Saki employs ironic humor in Sredni Vashtar. Pick out any two examples.
5. “Do one thing for me, Sredni Vashtar.” Why does Conradin implore Sredni Vashtar to help him?
6. Can it be said that Mrs De Ropp brought about her own end? Support your answer with relevant arguments.

1- We can say that Conradin”s imagination is the mainstay in his life because , despite de fact that he is a sick boy and dying, his cousin, out of hatred, mistreats him and won’t let him do anything childish like, with the excuse he could get hurt.

2- I think Conradin hates his guardian because she is conatantly thrawrting him “for his own good”, she sells the hen so much loves and cared for.

3- He kept the shed a secret from her because he was afraid, and quite certain, that if she knew what was inside brought him joy she would make it go away just like she did with the hen.

Poem: Stabat Mater

During our Literature class we were given the assignement to analyse the poem “Stabat Mater” following the points given by the teacher, we had to work in groups and I worked with Lulu Frias and Tota Lupi



 The poem is an autobiography written by Sam Hunt who was born 1946, after the war, in New Zeland. The poem is told from Sam’s point of view, and talks about his parents marriage, he is far more older than his mother, he is thirty years older than his mother. He makes reference to Shakespeare  who said that old people are like children, so his father and his mother are both children, and she realises that she has lost her youth.


 Childhood, parental sacrifice for their children, loss of youth, difference of age in marriage, covered sadness.
Literary devices (what are they used for? What is the effect on the reader?) – we have ryme of a;b;c

– we also have metaphors, one making reference to the game of life and other making reference to old age.

Tone There is a tone of regret, towrds his mother who married an older man that made her lose her youth, and doesn’t want her. There is also some misery from the mother who has to cover the sadness losing her youth caused her.
Structure The poem is a three four line stanza that has a couplet in the end. The both last lines show the message of morality.
Semantic field(specific vocabulary used)


Mr: reflects the effect on the difference of age. It´s a nickname that she used to show respect but it also makes us understand the buffer that the couple had, the lack of confidence and affection.

Small: initially we feel that she feels inferior. This represents her weakness phisically and emotionally.

Every other sort of name”: this word sentence is used to show how things have changed. In a way it shows the idea of becoming a child when growing old, and it also represents the respect that she has lost to her husband.

Your own reflection  The poem is very striking because it shows how a person can lose their youth for someone they love, but at the same time how this doesn’t affect them negatively, the woman is this poem marries an older man, and she loses her youth because of this, but at the same time she has a beautiful son and loves her husband. This shows that in life we may lose important things, but because of that we gain beautiful things.


An Inspector Calls questions

Our teacher Pato from Literature divided us into groups and we had to answer questions on different acts from the play “An Inspector Calls” which we read last year, I worked with Tota Lupi, Vicky Quiroga, Agus Bravo and Juan Stordeur.

These are the answers from the other acts made by my classmates on Act 2

Poems “Heart and Mind”, “She was a phantom of delight” & “The Lost Woman”

Our teacher Pato, asked us to wirte an opinion on the poems our partners had analysed, here are mine

“Heart and Mind” by Edith Sitwell and analysed by Fran Costamagna, Lulu Frias and Jose Tasca.

This is a poem about the heart and the mind, I really enjoyed this one and I liked how the writer shows how  the heart and the mind work together. I liked also that you can relate the poem to your own life.

“She was a phantom of delight” by William Wordsworth and anlysed by Agus Bravo and Salva Castagnino.

I enjoyed this poem the most. The way my partners analysed the poem made it easier for me to understand it. the poem treats a classic topic, a man and a woman in love, it talks about how the man sees her, how perfect she is, how her perfection is eternal.

“Song” by Lady Mary Wroth, analysed by Vicky Quiroga, Tota Lupi and me.

this is the poem I analysed together with Vicky and Tota, it was very difficult for me to understand thid poem at first, but once you get the main idea it is very easy and you realise how the oem treats the main topic, which how the man treats the woman, it talks about their behaviour, their ways towards woman, etc.
This is the poem Mati, Tin and Juan analysed for the presenations we did during Literature class.

I really liked this poem, I didn’t really like this poem so much, but it is one that shows something that happens to many people in their regular life, I liked the way it was written but not the topic it talks about.

Analysing “White Hairs and Cricket”

During Literature class we analysed the story we are reading called “White hairs and Cricket”, we worked in groups and I worked with Juan Cruz, Vicky, Male, Agustin, Matias and Clara.

Sin título

1) Page 350: The sunday task of the narrator was to plucked out with tweezers the white hair of his father. The boy exaggerates the task,

For him it  was disgusting and repulsive, and he did not want to it to do it anymore but he kept it doing it because he felt pity for his father because he couldn’t get a job, and he was a little bit lost.

” It was unapñesting work, combing through his hair greasy with day-old pomade, isolating the white one, or the ones just beginning to turn half black and half white, and somehow more repulsive.”

2) Page 351: he remembers when he used to play cricket on sundays with his father and brother. The narrator said that they had a very good time together and when he finished his anecdote he started to feel depressed because now on sundays he have to plucked out with tweezers the white hairs of his father.

And the relationship between the father, the mum, mamaiji and the narrator is that as they are from different generations, they think different.

The relationship between the narrator and mamaiji is the relationship that every grandson has with his grandma.

3) Page 352: Mamaiji believed that taking out white hairs was bad luck (superstition), the father didn’t believe that but I think that deep inside he’s a little bit afraid of never getting a job because of that.

The father reads every sunday the newspaper because he is searching for a job and the relationship between the job and the white hairs is that if he has white hairs, everyone would see that he is old and they will not hire him for the job. But I think that’s not the problem, I think that he is so concern about his white hairs that he is not making the effort he can do.

4) Page 353: The narrator is a traitor because although his parents didn’t let him eat the food that Mamaiji prepared, he ate it. And after eating it he got diarrhea so when his parents asked what happened he accused his grandmother (Mamaiji) of giving him her food so then his parents started to say bad things to mamaiji and they started arguing.

In the last paragraph the dad was dreaming of when he gets the job, he will change everything in the house.