NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 19 A Triumph of Surgery CBSE Board Sample Problems Long Answer

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Do you think parents like Mrs. Pumphrey exist? If yes, is it a good thing to pamper children? Why or why not?


  • Yes, parents like Mrs. Pumphrey definitely exist. These people spoil their children by making sure all their demands are met.

  • They spoil their children in the name of love and care. They not only feed them junk but also spoil their social habits. This kind of a behaviour is very harmful for children. Such overprotective parental behaviour hinders their growth as adults. In fact it sows the seeds of greed and dependency in them they become stubborn and do not learn to value anything. For them, hard work is a myth as they get everything easily.

  • Over pampered children often fail to face the hardships of life later, as for them life has been a cakewalk. Pampering children in moderation is healthy, but excess of it is harmful. It is not just bad for humans but also for animals, as we see in the story ‘A triumph of Surgery’.


Excess of everything is bad. Comment in the wake of Mrs. Pumphrey’s love for Tricki.


  • Mrs. Pumphrey was a rich woman who loved her dog very much. She loved to live a comfortable and lavish life and also wanted her dog to spend a similar one. She had maintained a wardrobe full of fancy fur coats, dresses, beds etc. for Tricki.

  • Apart from this, she used to overfeed Tricki out of her love and concern. She used to serve him cod-liver oil and malt between the main meals and Horlicks after dinner to give him strength.

  • She never realized that Tricki was a greedy dog and this would spoil his health. She could not even refuse to answer Tricki drooling for cream cakes and chocolates. Her overfeed ing worsened Tricki’s condition. This made the dog lazy, inactive and obese. He used to lie on his rug and pant all day long. Mrs. Pumphrey fed him excessively, spoiling Tricki’s health to such an extent that he had to be hospitalized. Even in the hospital she continued to convey Tricki her love through eggs, wine and brandy. Her fondness and care for Tricki proved that excess of everything made him fall sick.