Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse Of Memory | The Last Bargain


Had Bepin Babu really lost his memory and forgotten all about a trip to Ranchi?


No, Bepin Babu hadn't really lost his memory, he'd never actually been to Ranchi. It was all Chunilal's plan for teaching him a lesson.

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Some More Questions From Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse of Memory | The Last Bargain Chapter

Had Bepin Babu really lost his memory and forgotten all about a trip to Ranchi?

Why do you think Chunilal did what he did? Chunilal says he has no money; what is it that he does have?

The author describes Bepin Babu as a serious and hardworking man. What evidence can you find in the story to support this?

Why did Bepin Babu change his mind about meeting Chunilal? What was the result of this meeting?

Bepin Babu lost consciousness at Hudroo Falls. What do you think was the reason for this?

How do you think Bepin Babu reacted when he found out that Chunilal had tricked him?

Look at these two sentences.

A) He had to buy at least five books to last him through the week.

B) Bepin had to ask Chuni to leave.


Had to is used to show that it was very important or necessary for Bepin Babu to do something. He had no choice. We can also use ‘have to’/ ‘has to’ in the same way.

Fill in the blanks below using ‘had to’/ ‘have to’/ ‘has to’.

(i) I ________________ cut my hair every month.
(ii) We ________________ go for swimming lessons last year.
(iii) She ________________ tell the principal the truth.
(iv) They ________________ take the baby to the doctor.
(v) We ________________ complain to the police about the noise.
(vi) Romit ________________ finish his homework before he could come out to play.
(vii) I ________________ repair my cycle yesterday.

Here are a few idioms that you will find in the story. Look for them in the dictionary in the following way.

First, arrange them in the order in which you would find them in a dictionary.

(Clue: An idiom is usually listed under the first noun, verb, adjective or adverb in it. Ignore articles or prepositions in the idiom).

To help you, we have put in bold the word under which you must look for the idiom in the dictionary.)

(i) at/from close quarters  (close: adjective) 
(ii) break into a smile    (break: verb; look under ‘break into something’) 
(iii) carry on (carry: verb) 
(iv) have a clean record (you may find related meanings under both these words) 
(v) beat about the bush  (verb)

Now refer to your dictionary and find out what they mean.

Study the sentences in the columns below.

I saw this movie yesterday I have seen this movie already
Bepin Babu worked here for a week last year. Bepin Babu has worked here since 2003.
Chunilal wrote to ba publisher last week. Chunilal has written to a publisher.
I visited Ranchi once, long ago. I have visisted Ranchi once before.

Compare the sentences in the two columns, especially the verb forms. Answer the following questions about each pair of sentences.

(i) Which column tells us that Bepin Babu is still working at the same place? (ii) Which column suggests that Chunilal is now waiting for a reply from the publisher?
(iii) Which column suggests that the person still remembers the movie he saw?
(iv) Which column suggests that the experience of visiting Ranchi is still fresh in the speaker's mind?

Given below are jumbled sentences. Working in groups, rearrange the words in each sentence to form correct sentences.

You will find that each sentence contains an idiomatic expression that you have come across in the lesson. Underline the idiom and write down its meaning. Then use your dictionary to check the meaning.

One sentence has been worked out for you as an example.

Jumbled sentence: vanished/ The car/ seemed to/ into thin/ have/ air.
Ans: The car seemed to have vanished into thin air.
Idiom: vanished into thin air: disappeared or vanished in a mysterious way

(i) Stop/and tell me/beating about/what you want/the bush
Ans: _______________________________________________________
Idiom: _____________________________________________________

(ii) don’t pay/If you/ attention/you might/the wrong train/to the announcement/board
Ans: _______________________________________________________
Idiom: _____________________________________________________

(iii) The villagers/tried/the crime/on the young woman/to pin
Ans: _______________________________________________________
Idiom: _____________________________________________________

(iv) Bepin Babu/orders to/telling people/under/loved/doctor’s/eat early/that he was
Ans: _______________________________________________________
Idiom: _____________________________________________________

(v) the students/The teacher/his eyebrows/when/said that/all their lessons/raised/they had revised
Ans: _______________________________________________________
Idiom: _____________________________________________________