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Theory:

     ‘Don’t you dare sleep!’ Dr. Krishnan warned Zigzag fiercely as he went towards his room. 

 

     He had hardly walked through the swinging half-door that separated his clinic from the waiting room when he heard a strange voice say, ‘You there in the blue T-shirt, don’t jump on the sofa. And you in the red dress, don’t swing on the curtain.’

 

     It was Zigzag’s voice, clear and commanding. There was pin-drop silence in the room as everyone waited, open-mouthed, for Zigzag’s next sentence.

 

Explanation:

 

When Dr. Krishnan was ready to enter his clinic room, he warned Zigzag not to sleep because of its snoring. He then proceeded to enter his room. He heard a weird voice that he had never heard before as he walked through the swinging half-door that separated his clinic from the waiting room. And the voice began instructing Mr. Krishnan's young patients, "You there in the blue T-shirt, don't jump on the sofa. And you in the red dress, don't swing on the curtain." It was Zigzag's voice, its commanding voice, that surprised Krishnan. And there was a pin-drop silence in Dr. Krishnan's clinic for the first time.


Everyone in the clinic was taken aback when they heard a bird talking and instructing the children. They were expecting Zigzag's next comment. Zigzag was no longer bored or drowsy. Dr. Krishnan must have answered a long-standing doubt about what Dr. Somu meant when he said, 'Zigzag was an absolute treasure and would be useful to Krishnan.'

 

Meaning of difficult words:

 

S. No
Word
Meaning
1
DareTo have enough courage to do something
2
FierceVery strongly or violently
3
Commanding
Strong or powerful
Reference:
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2018). Term 1 English Standard-10. Zigzag - Asha Nehemiah (pp. 50-55). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.