The story has many instances of unexpected reactions from the characters to others’ behaviour. Pick out instances of these surprises?


Answer – 

The story has many instances of unexpected reactions from the characters to others’ behavior. For example: 

One evening when the peddler knocked at the door of a little hut, he was not disappointed by the owner rather he welcomed him and tried to be a good host to him by offering him food and playing cards with him. 

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In another instance when the peddler went inside a forge to seek shelter, there he was invited by the ironmaster to his house as he mistook him as one of his old regimental comrade. 

When the ironmaster realizes that he had invited some unknown person to his house, he asks him to leave. At this time, he was allowed to stay by the ironmaster’s daughter Elda, out of her kindness. 

The fact that the peddler did not steal anything from the ironmaster’s house is also shocking for the ironmaster. The peddler leaves a gift of a rattrap, a letter and the three ten kroner notes for Edla. This act surprises her.



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Give examples from the story, “The Rattrap” to show how the iron master is different from his daughter. 

Explain the metaphor of the rattrap in context of the story by Selma Lagerlöf. 

Why did Edla still entertain the peddler even after she knew the truth about him?

The story, ‘The Rattrap’ is both entertaining and philosophical. Do you agree with this statement? Why/Why not?

Describe how the story, ‘The Rattrap’ shows that basic human goodness can be brought out by understanding and love.

How does the peddler interpret the acts of kindness and hospitality shown by the crofter, the ironmaster and his daughter?


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