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For Valour (an extract from Chapter 7, The Railway Children by E Nesbit)

For many and many a night after the day when she and Peter and Phyllis had saved the train from wreck by waving their little red flannel flags, Bobbie used to wake screaming and shivering, seeing again that horrible mound, and the poor, dear trustful engine rushing on towards it — just thinking that it was doing its swift duty, and that everything was clear and safe. And then a warm thrill of pleasure used to run through her at the remembrance of how she and Peter and Phyllis and the red flannel petticoats had really saved everybody.

One morning a letter came. It was addressed to Peter and Bobbie and Phyllis. They opened it with enthusiastic curiosity, for they did not often get letters.

The letter said:

Dear Sir, and Ladies,

It is proposed to make a small presentation to you, in commemoration of your prompt and courageous action in warning the train on the — inst., and thus averting what must, humanly speaking, have been a terrible accident. The presentation will take place at the — Station at three o'clock on the 30th inst., if this time and place will be convenient to you.

Yours faithfully,

Jabez Inglewood

(Secretary, Great Northern and Southern Railway Co.)

There never had been a prouder moment in the lives of the three children. They rushed to Mother with the letter, and she also felt proud and said so, and this made the children happier than ever.

"But if the presentation is money, you must say, 'Thank you, but we'd rather not take it,'" said Mother. "I'll wash your Indian muslins at once," she added. "You must look tidy on an occasion like this."

"Phil and I can wash them," said Bobbie, "if you'll iron them, Mother."

Washing is rather fun. I wonder whether you've ever done it? This particular washing took place in the back kitchen, which had a stone floor and a very big stone sink under its window.

"Let's put the bath on the sink," said Phyllis; "then we can pretend we're out-of-doors washerwomen like Mother saw in France."

"But they were washing in the cold river," said Peter, his hands in his pockets, "not in hot water."

"This is a hot river, then," said Phyllis; "lend a hand with the bath, there's a dear."

"I should like to see a deer lending a hand," said Peter, but he lent his.

"Now to rub and scrub and scrub and rub," said Phyllis, hopping joyously about as Bobbie carefully carried the heavy kettle from the kitchen fire.

"Oh, no!" said Bobbie, greatly shocked; "you don't rub muslin. You put the boiled soap in the hot water and make it all frothy-lathery — and then you shake the muslin and squeeze it, ever so gently, and all the dirt comes out. It's only clumsy things like tablecloths and sheets that have to be rubbed."

The lilac and the Gloire de Dijon roses outside the window swayed in the soft breeze.

"It's a nice drying day — that's one thing," said Bobbie, feeling very grown up. "Oh, I do wonder what wonderful feelings we shall have when we wear the Indian muslin dresses!"

"Yes, so do I," said Phyllis, shaking and squeezing the muslin in quite a professional manner.

"Now we squeeze out the soapy water. No — we mustn't twist them — and then rinse them. I'll hold them while you and Peter empty the bath and get clean water."

"A presentation! That means presents," said Peter, as his sisters, having duly washed the pegs and wiped the line, hung up the dresses to dry. "Whatever will it be?"

"It might be anything," said Phyllis; "what I've always wanted is a baby elephant — but I suppose they wouldn't know that."

"Suppose it was gold models of steam-engines?" said Bobbie.

"Or a big model of the scene of the prevented accident," suggested Peter, "with a little model train, and dolls dressed like us and the engine-driver and fireman and passengers."

"Do you like," said Bobbie, doubtfully, drying her hands on the rough towel that hung on a roller at the back of the scullery door, "do you like us being rewarded for saving a train?"

"Yes, I do," said Peter, downrightly; "and don't you try to come it over us that you don't like it, too. Because I know you do."

I) How many children were there in the story ?


II) How did they save the train ?

By waving red flannel flags
By making a phone
By shouting aloud
None of these

III) Who sent the letter to the children ?

one of passenger
railway minister
secretary to the Northern and southern Railway
None of these

IV) Why were they enthusiastic to receive the letter ?

Because they generally don’t receive letters
Because it was a letter of appreciation
Because they are illiterate
None of these

V) What were the contents of the letter ?

They were selected as brave children
They were to be felicitated
They were to be felicitated
They were invited to a party

VI) Who offered to wash clothes ?

Phil and Bobbie

VII) why were the children proud ?

They were washing clothing
They were punished
They were going t be felicitated

VIII) Where were the washerwomen washing in these ?

in the house
outside the house
in the cold river
None of these

IX) where did they wash their clothes ?

in the back kitchen
outside the home
in the river

X) what was the difference between their washing and the washing done in prance ?

Both are same
They wash in hot water whereas washing in prance was done with cold water
They wash in house and in prance washing was done outside
None of these

XI) How should a muslin washed ?

with hot water
with cold water
without rubbing much
with excessive rubbing

XII) which type of cloths should be rubbed and scrubber ?

silk cloths
table cloths and sheets
woolen cloths

XIII) what did Phyllis want as a present ?

baby elephant

XIV) what present did Bobbie expect ?

gold models of steam engines
None of these

XV) what present did peter suggest ?

gold medals
silver medals
models of scene of accident
None of these

XVI) when and where was the felicitation going to take place ?

in the morning in an auditorium
at three, at the station
in the evening at the stallion
at night in an auditorium

XVII) If the presentation was money, what should they do ?

They shouldn’t accept it
They should donate it to others
They should accept it
They should ask for more

XVIII) This is a hot river then, said Phyllis what does it mean ?

They were in hot river
They wash with hot water
They want hot river
They like hot river

XIX) Who carried hot water from kitchen ?


XX) What are the things that swayed n the soft breeze ?

The lilac and the Gloria
The jasmine and lily
The lilac and jasmine
None of these

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