and Jansie were classmates and friends. What were the
differences between them that show up in the story?
Ans: Sophie and Jansie
were both classmates and friends. Both were considerate, sensible and were
looming in between the ideas of finding some work after their schooling. Sophie
was a girl of deep imagination and unrealistic dreams. On her way home she told
her classmate Jansie to have a boutique. She will be
like Mary Quant and will be having the most amazing shop this city had ever
seen. On the other hand-Jansie was
more practical and a realistic type of girl quite aware about their lower
middle class family background. She asked Sophie to be sensible because the
shop work required money and her father won’t allow this. She knew that both
were earmarked for the biscuit factory.
Sophie entertained the idea of being an actress and
then dream of becoming a fashion designer. She was unaware of the reality as to
how she would do all these things. Jansie knew that
all those different types of work needed money which was beyond the capacity of
Sophie’s parents. She advised her to be practical. Sophie had no faith in Jansie and understood her to be ‘nosey’. She would spread
all the news in the whole neighbourhood. So she did not want to tell any of her
secret. Thus we can note a lot of difference in their attitudes towards life
Q.2. How did Sophie’s father react on hearing about Sophie’s
meeting Danny Casey?
Ans: Sophie’s father was a man of gentle
and considerate nature.Inspite of his own hard-work
he always helped in the chores. When Sophie’s mother Geoff was doing some work
on the motorbike had completed the washing of clothes, he came in and switched
on the television. Then he told his father ‘Sophie met Danny Casey.’ He turned
his head and looked at Sophie. Their father seemed sad and asked if it was true.
He did not believe what he was told. During the conversation she ensured that
Danny Casey was going to buy a shop. Hearing it, her father became rather
confused and murmured something. He aggressively called her telling another of
her wild stories. It was at this stage Geoff came to her help and told their
father that she met him in the Royce’s arcade with details. Their father knew
well Geoff would support her. Therefore, he cautioned Sophie that one of those
days she was going to talk herself into a load of trouble. It was a sincere
advice from a father to his daughter not to invite troubles for her because of
her fanciful talks.
Q.3. On the
news ‘Sophie met Danny Casey’ how did their father react?
Ans: Father looked at Sophie with sadness
on their face, he did not believe it. He called it another of her wild stories.
He warned her that those days she would put herself into a lot of troubles
because of her talks.
Q.4. Why was
Sophie jealous of Geoff silence?
Ans: Sophie’s brother Geoff was an
apprentice mechanic. He was almost grown up yet he hardly spoke any thing of his own. Words were prized out of his mouth
like stones from the ground. She could only suspect areas of his life which she
wanted to hear from him. So she was jealous of his silence. She took him to be
out there in the world, when he was not speaking.
Q.5. What did Sophie imagine about her meeting with Danny Casey?
Ans: Sophie told that she met Danny Casey
at the Royce’s window. She was looking at the clothes there. He came and stood
beside beside her. She spoke to him first and asked
if he was Danny Casey. He confirmed, she asked for an autograph but neither had
paper nor a pen. They talked a bit. He assured for the autograph next week is
not Sophie want Jansie to know about her story with
Ans: Sophie had requested her brother Geoff
not to tell anything about her meeting with Casey. When Jansie asked Sophie about her meeting with Danny.
Sophie was much amazed. She cursed Geoff for it because Jansie
was ‘nosey’ and would spread the facts everywhere in the neighbourhood. In case
her father knew about it, there would be a great row which her mother did not
like. She requested Jansie to keep it a secret.
Q.7. What did the two school girls discuss while coming home?
Ans: The two classmates Sophie and Jansie discussed about finding some work after leaving
school. Sophie thought of having her own boutique, or to work in a biscuit
factory. She was a nosey type of girl.
Q.8. Do you
think Sophie had really met Danny Casey?
ANS. No, Sophie had never met
Danny Casey in reality. She was a dreamer. The story of her meeting Danny Casey
was one of the wild stories by her .It was totally a concocted story.
Q.9. In what
way was Jansie different from Sophie in ‘Going
ANS. Sophie was a dreamer. She had dreamed of becoming an actress, a
fashion designer, a manager or the owner of a boutique. Her dreams were
impractical as she belonged to a poor middle class family. Jansie,
on the hand, is a realist. She knows that she and her friend are earmarked for
a biscuit factory. She is sensible and wise.
Q.10. What kind of world did Sophie dream of?
ANS. Sophie dreamed of a world full of name and fame. There was no limit
to her dreams. She wanted to buy a boutique shop. She had other options to be a
fashion designer, an actress or a manager. She even dreams of having met with
Danny Casey, a great Football player.
Q.11. How can you say that Jansie is the
voice of reason in the story ‘going places’?
ANS. Jansie is really the voice of reason in the
story. It is she who warns Sophie not dream of big things in her life. She asks
her to be practical. She reminds her of the poor condition of her house .It is
all because of her wisdom that she knows her limits as a member of middle class
family and never tries to cross them. Sophie is disappointed at the end only
because she does not listen to Jansie.
Q.12. Why didn’t Sophie want Jansie to
know about her story with Danny Casey?
ANS. Sophie knew that Jansie was very
inquisitive. She would ask so many questions from Sophie about her meeting with
Danny Casey and the truth might come out during their conversation that Sophie
was telling a lie. Moreover, she feared that Jansie
would spread it in the whole neighbourhood. That is why; Sophie did not want
that Jansie should come to know about it.
Q.13. What was Sophie’s father’s reaction to her story regarding
her meeting with Danny Casey?
ANS.Sophie’s father did not believe the news of Sophie’s meeting with Danny
Casey. He considered it to be another of her wild stories. He looked at Sophie
with hatred .He ignored her and went on to discuss football and footballers.
Q.14. How did Sophie come to know that her dad was not at home?
Why was she glad to know it?
ANS. Sophie came to know that her father not at home when she passed by
the pub. She saw her father’s Bicycle propped against the wall of the pub. She
was glad because she would not have to see her father when she reached home
Q.15. What sort of personality does Sophie’s brother have?
ANS. Geoff is a reserved sort of person. He is a motor mechanic under
training. He is a hard worker. He is great fan of Danny Casey. He has the
coloured photographs of the Irish Footballer on his bedroom wall. Sophie wants
to share her secrets with him.