The man, still trying to make the child happy, bore him to the gate where the flower-seller sat. “Look! Can you smell those nice flowers, child! Would you like a garland to put round your neck?” The child turned his nose away from the basket and reiterated his sob, “I want my mother, I want my father!”
Thinking to humour his disconsolate charge by a gift of sweets, the man took him to the counter of the sweet shop. “What sweets would you like, child?” he asked. The child turned his face from the sweet shop and only sobbed, “I want my mother, I want my father!”
The man tried to make the child cheerful and took him to the flower seller. He asked him to smell the fragrance of the flowers and offered him a garland as well. The child declined to smell the flowers that he wanted to buy earlier because now, his prime concern was to get his parents.
Finally, the man took him to the sweetmeat seller and offered to buy sweets for him. Still, the child did not want his favourite sweet but wanted his parents.
Meanings of difficult words:
|Disconsolate||Very unhappy and unable to be comforted.|
|Charge||A person or thing entrusted to the care of someone.|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Moments. The lost child - Mulk Raj Anand (pp. 01-06). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.