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     The moon and stars looked down on the child crouching on a stone on the side of the dike. His head was bent, and his eyes were closed, but he was not asleep, for every now and then he rubbed the hand that was holding back the angry sea.
     “I’ll stand it somehow,” he thought. So he stayed there all night keeping the sea out.
"The moon and stars looked down on the child crouching on a stone on the side of the dike, the author writes, reflecting on his vision. This draws attention to his imagination. These phrases also convey the small boy's isolated, pitiful, and uncomfortable state as he bent on a stone on the dike's side. Peter did not sleep, and rubbed his chilly hands to keep warm while continuing to seal the dike hole from the sea.
Even though Peter was a small boy of eight years, he was so determined to help his homeland that he did not give up his patriotic thoughts at any time. He told himself that he would stand the entire night holding the leaking dike, bearing the cold, fear, sea water, etc., and he did. Peter's patriotismlove for his family, and determination were shown by his attitude.
Meaning of difficult words:
S. No.
Crouching Lowering the body stance by bending the legs and leaning forward slightly
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2018). English Standard-10. The Little Hero of Holland- Mary Mapes Dodge (pp. 183-185). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation