Get here the summary, questions, notes, solutions/answers and extras of the chapter Footprints Without Feet by HG Wells of SEBA / CBSE / NCERT Class 10 English (Second Language). However, the given notes/solutions should only be used for references and should be modified/changed according to needs.
Summary: Griffin, a scientist, is the subject of the exciting story Footprints Without Feet. He’d been trying to figure out how to make a man invisible. He succeeded in his experiment and developed a formula that allowed him to become invisible while still being physically touched and felt. Griffin ingested the substance and vanished. He stepped in mud by accident and was first noticed by two young men who followed his footprints until they faded. He was walking on the streets and was cold, so he went into a shopping centre to warm up. He chose to wear some comfortable clothing and eat something after the stores closed.
He started by unpacking a few items and putting them on. He ate cold meat and espresso from the kitchen of a café at that time. Later, he decided to sleep in a store on a heap of quilts. The next morning, some store employees began following him as he had overslept. He instantly took off all of his clothes and faded into the background. In the chilly winters of London, he was now wandering around naked. He then decided to borrow clothes from a theatre company, confident that he would be able to find something to cover his face as well. He’d taken some dingy glasses, a phoney nose, a hat, and some bandages to hide his face. He then proceeded to a shopkeeper’s location and stole all of his money. Soon after, he realised that London was a very busy place to live in such a situation, so he considered relocating to the Iping village.
He booked two rooms in a village hotel and arrived there. The villagers were surprised that an outsider with such a strange appearance had come to stay at a hotel during the winter. After a while, his money ran out, and he began stealing from others. He also assaulted the inn’s owner and his wife when they attempted to check his room while he was away. Because they couldn’t see anyone, the owners assumed there were spirits in the inn and that an unusual guest was to blame. At that point, the town constable was summoned to inquire about his identity. This irritated him, so he decided to reveal his true identity as a headless man. They, however, couldn’t catch Griffin because he removed all of his clothes, assaulted them, and vanished.
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1. How did the invisible man first become visible?
Answer: When the invisible man walked into some mud, his footprints became visible for the first time. When he dressed by stealing a store, he was no longer invisible.
2. Why was he wandering the streets?
Answer: Griffin, the invisible man, was a lawless man who was wandering the streets after setting fire to his house in retaliation for his landlord’s attempt to evict him. He had to then take off his clothes in order to become invisible and flee without being seen. As a result, he became a homeless wanderer.
5. What other extraordinary things happen at the inn?
Answer: Strange occurrences at the inn followed the burglary at the clergyman’s house. When the landlord and his wife awoke, they discovered the scientist missing and his door ajar. When they entered the room to investigate, the furniture suddenly turned towards them and chased them out. Mrs Hall deduced from this strange occurrence that the scientist had caused the furniture to be possessed by spirits.
Textual (think about it) questions and answers of Footprints Without Feet
1. “Griffin was rather a lawless person.” Comment.
Answer: Griffin broke the law on numerous occasions, and not always for good reason. After achieving invisibility, the first thing he did was burn down his landlord’s house in retaliation for wanting to evict him. He then broke into a department store and a theatrical store to steal clothes and disguise items to cover his face. He also assaulted the shopkeeper and stole his money. Griffin stole the clergyman’s housekeeping money and threatened him and his wife by throwing furniture around at Iping. Thus, Griffin was a lawless individual who took advantage of his invisibility to commit new crimes on a daily basis.
2. How would you assess Griffin as a scientist?
Answer: Griffin was an exceptional scientist. He believed that man could make himself invisible and conducted numerous experiments until he finally succeeded, demonstrating his intelligence.
Textual (talk about it) questions and answers of Footprints Without Feet
1. Would you like to become invisible? What advantages and disadvantages do you foresee, if you did?
Answer: (This example is given, but students should create their own answers.)
Definitely. I would love to become invisible, but only if I would be able to get back to normal.
Most people find it to be an exciting concept. Invisibility, like two sides of a coin, has many advantages and disadvantages. For a child, invisibility may mean the freedom to play all kinds of pranks without fear of being caught. Invisibility, like in a Hindi film, can help you beat all the villains in black and blue and get rid of them. Nobody would notice you if you become invisible. In no time, the sadness of isolation will overpower the thrill of being invisible. You will not have any friends. You will behave similarly to the eccentric scientist in the story Footprints Without Feet.
3. What makes glass or water transparent (what is the scientific explanation for this)? Do you think it would be scientifically possible for a man to become invisible, or transparent?
Answer: The way light behaves when it passes through a transparent medium like glass or water gives the impression of being transparent.
Yes, I believe it is technically possible for a person to transform into a transparent or invisible substance due to the fact that our perception of objects and light is dependent on their properties. In other words, if light can pass through a person, that person can be rendered invisible to those around him.
Extra/additional questions and answers/solutions of Footprints Without Feet
1. What had the two London boys so surprised and intrigued?
Answer: The two London boys were surprised and fascinated when they discovered fresh muddy footprints of a human being on the steps of a house, but no man was there to make them! A new footprint appeared out of nowhere as they looked around.
2. Why did Griffin enter a big London store?
Answer: Griffin decided to sneak into a large London store because it was mid-winter and it was becoming increasingly difficult to wander around London without clothing.
3. What made Griffin a lawless man?
Answer: Griffin lacked regard for the law as a result of his lack of remorse for the anti-social acts he had committed. For the money owed, he set fire to his landlord’s house before fleeing. He also stole ‘food and clothing from a London store, other goods from a theatrical company, and also money from a clergyman’s house.
4. In the shop of a theatrical company, what did Griffin do?
Answer: Griffin went back to a theatrical company’s inventory hoping to find not only clothes but also items like side-whiskers, glasses, a false nose, bandages, and a hat to cover up the space above his shoulders.
5. Why did Griffin find himself invisible but naked in the chilly January air for the second time?
Answer: When the big London store opened in the morning, assistants rushed in to catch him as he had overslept in the store. In a panic, Griffin ran, chased by the assistants. To escape, he had to get rid of his newly found clothes, so he was naked for the second time in the cold January air but invisible.
21. What was strange about the criminal who awaited the constable when he arrived to arrest him? How did the constable react?
Answer: The constable, Mr Jaffers, had been dispatched to apprehend the scientist. When he arrived, however, he discovered that the criminal was a man without a head. Despite being taken aback by the strange appearance, he knew he had to do his job and went ahead to try to apprehend the headless man.