NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 14 The Hack Driver CBSE Board Sample Problems Long Answer

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‘Appearances are often deceptive’. Comment on the statement in the light of your reading of the story.


  • Things are not always what they seem to be. Appearances are often deceptive. The narrator reaches a village in the search of Oliver Lutkins.

  • He meets a hack driver at the station. The driver warns him about Lutkins. He takes him on a tour of the entire village in search of Lutkins. He tells the narrator about his experiences and about the village and its people.

  • The narrator likes him for his helpful and kind nature.

  • He even forgets all about Lutkins. But, the next day he finds out that the hack driver was Oliver Lutkins himself. He realizes that a simple and kind person was a trickster in reality.


The narrator strikes us as a romantic idealist, do you agree?

Support your answer from the text.


  • The narrator is definitely a romantic idealist. He wants to have a real case. But, as a part of training, he is sent to serve summons. He finds it difficult to understand. He simply dislikes his job as he has to go to all dirty places.

  • Further, he has a very romantic view of the country. He believes that villages are all pure and peaceful. There is no ugliness of the city in them.

  • He also thinks that villagers are very honest and decent people. He has a habit of trusting people blindly. He believes in whatever someone says.

  • In fact, he ¡s very gullible. Later on, he realizes that a village can also be ugly. He also experiences that villagers are not always simple and honest.