There is a story of a man who thought he had a right to do what he liked. One day, this gentleman was walking along a busy road, spinning his walking-stick round and round in his hand, and was trying to look important. A man walking behind him objected.
“You ought not to spin your walking-stick round and round like that!” he said.
“I am free to do what I like with my walking-stick,” argued the gentleman.
‘Of course you are,” said the other man, “but you ought to know that your freedom ends where my nose begins.”
The story tells us that we can enjoy our rights and our freedom only if they do not interfere with other people’s rights and freedom.
1. Why was the gentleman on the road moving his walking stick round and
2. Who objected him?
3. What argument did the gentleman give?
4. Was the other satisfied with argument?
5. What did he say in reply?
6. Complete the following statements with the correct options:
A. The gentleman was walking along a……………………….
(i) lonely road.
(ii) busy road.
(iii) narrow road.
B. The gentleman was ……………………….
(i) running along the road.
(ii) disturbing others on the road.
(iii) spinning his walking-stick round and round.
C. The man who protested was a……………………….
7. Write True or False against each of the following statements:
(a) The gentleman was spinning the walking-stick round and round in his
hand to drive away the dogs.
(b) The gentleman was walking along a busy road.
(c) The man walking behind praised his action.
(d) The gentleman thought that he had a right to do whatever he liked.
(e) We can enjoy our rights and freedom even if it interferes with other
people’s rights and freedom.
8. Give synonyms of the following words:
(a) Spinning (b) Interfere