NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: Quality Chapter 5– Part 3

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Question 1:

Do you think Mr. Gessler was a failure as a bootmaker or as a competitive businessman?

Mr. Gessler

Mr. Gessler


Mr. Gessler was successful as a bootmaker because his customers were immensely satisfied with the boot he made.

This perfectly fit them and lasted long. Yes, he was a failure as a competitive businessman.

He didn’t have money like the big firms so couldn’t invest on advertisements. He lost his business to them. He took time in delivering the boots because he made them alone. He lost his customers because of the delay in delivery.

He worked hard, striving for long hours. Whatever, he earned went on paying the rent for his shop and for buying leathers. He spent days of great penury.

Question 2:

What is the significance of the title? To who or to what does it refer?


The title refers to the great quality boots Mr. Gessler made. It is an ideal title for the lesson. It refers to the business practices followed these days where no one cares about quality.

For Mr. Gessler, quality was of optimum significance. He worked for long hours, didn’t allow anyone else to touch his boots. He lost on business, was spending days in poverty still the man didn’t compromise on quality.

Question 3:

Notice the way Mr. Gessler speaks English. His

English is influenced by his mother tongue. He speaks English with an accent.

When Mr. Gessler speaks, p, t, k, sound like b, d, g. Can you say these words as Mr. Gessler would say them?

It comes and never stops. Does it bother me? Not at all. Ask my brother, please.


Mr. Gessler used to speak English with a German accent. His English sounded funny and a bit difficult to understand.

Mr. Gessler would have spoken these lines as. Id comes and never sdobs. Does It bother me? Nod ad all. Ask my brother blesse.

Question 4:

Speak to five adults in your neighborhood. Ask them the following questions (in any language they are comfortable in). Then come back and share your findings with the class.

Do they buy their provisions packed in plastic packets at a big store or loose, from a smaller store near their house?

Where do they buy their footwear? Do they buy branded footwear or footwear made locally? What reasons do they have for their preference?

Do they buy readymade clothes or buy cloth and get their clothes stitched by a tailor? Which do they think is better?


Yes, they prefer buying their provisions loose from the smaller stores near their house.

They buy footwear for daily purpose from local shops. For office and part purpose they prefer buying it from branded shops.

They don’t like spending too much on their regular footwear. So, they buy it from local shops.

For office and party they want to look good and want the footwear to last long and comfortable. So, they are fine spending on it.

They do the both. At times they buy readymade clothes and at times get them stitched from the tailor. They find it easy to buy readymade clothes. They get the latest fashion and it saves time as well.

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