Answer following questions in short.
Q1) Why is Mr Purcell compared to an owl?
Ans1) Mr. Purcell was a short man with big tummy, red cheeks, a tight, melon stomach and magnified eyes and he sat on the top of a high stool which gave him the look of an owl.
Q2) Do you think the atmosphere of Mr Purcell’s shop was cheerful or depressing? Give reasons for your answer?
Ans2) The atmosphere of Mr. Purcell’s shop was depressing. There were continuous cries of frightened birds and animals. They tried to move endlessly in restricted cages. It gave the shop a depressing atmosphere.
Q3) Describe the stranger who come to the pet shop. What did he want?
Ans3) The stranger’s look was peculiar. He was wearing a loose suit and shiny shoes. He had a shuttling glance and his hair was cut very short. He appeared to be a poor man. He wanted something in a cage.
Q4) The man insisted on buying the doves because he was fond of birds. Do you agree?
Ans4) I think the stranger was not fond of birds. He had sympathy for the birds. They had wings but even then they could not fly. They were caged against their wishes. The stranger himself had been in jail for ten years.
Q5) How had he earned the five dollars he had?
Ans5) He recieved those five dollars on being released from jail after ten years of imprisonment.
Q6) Was the customer interested in the care and feeding of the doves he had bought? If not, why not?
Ans6) The stranger was not interested in the care and feeding of the doves because he had bought doves to set them free.
Q7) Why did it make Mr. Purcell feel insulted?
Ans8 The man bought the doves from Purcell’s shop for five dollars and then went outside and set the birds free. It was Mr. Purcell who had kept these birds in cage and sold them. So he felt insulted.