Prose Box and Cox John Maddison Morton Interactive English First Year Intermediate Study Material With Answers

Prose

4. Box and Cox (John Maddison Morton)

Meanings For References

WordMeaning
1. box and cox an arrangement where space or facilities are shared by different persons in strict shifts
2. cropped cut
3. protuberant bulging outward
4. bolster a large round pillow
5. wobble move unsteadily
6. lor short form of ‘lord’
7. cherootscigars
8. Havanas cigars of a famous brand from Cuba
9. mantelpiece a shelf affixed to the wall above a fireplace
10. fender a low metal framework in front of a fireplace
11. hob an iron shelf at the side of a fire grate
12. emulating imitating
13. capital excellent
14. ledge a narrow shelf
15. leaders pieces of writing in newspapers giving the paper’s opinion, editorials
16. acquaint inform
17. divesting removing something one wears
18. attica space or room just below the roof of a house
19. brims bottom parts of hats that stick out
20. napssoft surfaces of leather or fabric with threads turned into one direction
21. parish a civil subdivision of the village
22. deprive
deny: take away something from someone
23. get rid ofdismiss, become free, remove
24. indulging satisfying one’s wishes: letting oneself do that one enjoys
25. horizontallevel, flat, parallel to the plane
26. rasher of bacon a strip slice of meat or a pig
27. purloins takes the property of others
28. gridiron an iron grate used for boiling fish, meat etc over coals
29. impregnatedinfused
30. herrings a type of small, oily fish
31. sneaking moving in stealthily
32. benevolence charitable kindness
33. goodness gracious expressing great surprise
34. curb control, check, restrain, rein in
35. IndignationAnger
36. vengeancerevenge, payback
37. zoundsexpresses anger surprise
38. confounddam, destroy, ruin
39. frightfulhorrific, dreadful, awful
40. contemptiblehateworthy, deserving disgrace

Annotation For References

a] It is not the case only with the coals, Mrs. Bouncer, But I’ve lately observed a gradual and steady increase of evaporation among candles, wood, sugar, and matches.
b) It was a capital idea for me- that it was!
c) It’s quite extraordinary that trouble I always have to get rid of that venerable female.
d) “Cox, I shan’t want you today- you can have a holiday”


1. Answer any two of the following questions in about 100 words each. [2×4 =8marks]

a) Box and Cox, is regarded as the best farce of the 19th century. Supports the statement with illustrations from the Play.
b) Sketch in a paragraph, the character of Mrs. Bouncer.
c) “…. So that I’m getting double rent for my room, and neither of my lodgers is any wiser of it,” say Mrs.Bouncer. Is she right in her estimate of her lodgers? Support your answer with details.
d) Box and Cox fulfill all the characteristics of a one-act play. Explain.


The lesson ‘Box and Cox’ a humorous one-act play written by John Maddison Morton. It is considered the best play of the 19th century

John Maddison Morton was born into a well-known dramatist family in England. Following in his father’s footsteps, he took to writing plays. His plays won him fame and lots of wealth. He died in London on 19th December 1891.

Mrs. Bouncer gave the room on weekly rent to two different persons, who were of different professions. The tenants are unaware of this deceptive tactic of Mrs. Bouncer.

Mrs. Bouncer rented her room to Mr. Box, a printer who worked at his press all night and only utilized the place during the day. While Mr. Cox, a hatter, was at work during the day and only used the room at night, Mrs. Bouncer seized the chance, thinking it was a “capital idea”, practically nobody can imagine such things.

One day Mr. Cox accuses Mrs.Bouncer of allegedly using the stuff. Mr. Cox has noticed a constant decrease in his candles, wood, sugar, and matches.

Mr. Box purchased a leg of chicken before coming to his room. In an unhappy state of mind, he placed the gridiron on fire. Mr. Cox came in as well, and he wanted to start the fire. He was astonished to find the fire lit as well as the chicken. He was enraged.

Both of her tenants accuse her of stealing, but she ignores their insults in order to ensure that she receives double rent for a single room.

This works for a while until Mr. Cox oversleeps and Mrs. Bouncer enables Box to go upstairs thinking he has gone. He stumbles into bed and is astonished to see that it is already occupied. After a fight Mr. Box kicks Mr. Cox downstairs. He complains to Mrs. Bouncer, who after accompanying Mr. Cox upstairs admits that she had rented the room to the two of them. Mr. Box, who had not spotted Mr. Cox until now, recognizes him as an old acquaintance, and they agree to share the room together, Re- established all old relationships.

Thus, the language Mr.Box and Mr.Cox use is to verbose that it invokes lots of laughter! Thus the play proves itself to be a farce of rare quality.

(OR)

The lesson ‘Box and Cox’ a humorous one-act play written by John Maddison Morton. It is considered the best play of the 19th century

John Maddison Morton was born in England. His plays won him fame and lots of wealth.

Mrs. Bouncer gave the room on weekly rent to two different persons, who were of different professions. The tenants are unaware of this deceptive tactic of Mrs. Bouncer.

Mr Bouncer, a greedy land lady, rents out her room to two person at the same time, without letting anyone of the other person. They are Mr.Box, the printer who works all night and lives here only during the day. The other man, Mr.Cox is employed in a hat shop, where he spends all day. Thus Mrs.Bouncer manages to ensure that they do not meet each other in the room. But, they suspects something is wrong there. They notice their thinks being used up by others. At the end, Mr.Box and Mr.Cox recognizes each other as an other acquittance and they agree to share the room together.

Thus, the play proof itself to be farce of rare quality.

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