The Eyes Have It- Descriptive Question Answers
1. “Yes, this is the best time.” – Who is the speaker? What time is referred to here? Why according to the narrator it is the best time?
Ans: – The narrator of the short story “The Eyes Have It” is the speaker.
The time, referred to here, is the month of October.
When the girl co-passenger of the speaker expressed her desire to visit hills, especially in October, he instantly agreed with her. Emphasizing the fact, the narrator said that October is the best time to visit hills, especially Mussoorie. To support his statement he cited some reasons calling from his memory. He said that in October the hills remained covered with wild Dahlias, making the landscape look very beautiful. At day time, the sun seemed very delicious and at night, one could sit in front of a log-fire and drink a little brandy. He also said that in October most of the tourists had gone.
2. “She was completely blind” – What is Irony? Explain the irony of the story? Or Comment on the ending of the short story?
Ans: – Irony is a literary technique in which what is expected or spoken or shown results in the opposite. The irony presented in Ruskin Bond’s short story “The Eyes Have It” is specifically Dramatic Irony.
Ruskin Bond’s “The Eyes Have It” is full of irony. The blind narrator thought the girl to be sighted but she was blind too. The discovery of her blindness comes as an ironic twist at the end of the story. When the girl entered the compartment, the narrator considered her to be with normal eyesight He wanted to conceal his blindness. He even praised the girl’s face and described the beauty of Mussoorie as he had seen it on his own. The blind narrator came to know that the girl, too, was blind only after she had gone. She had beautiful eyes but of no use. This situation of revelation made the short story really interesting.