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"The Third and Final Continent" by Jhumpa Lahiri No. 1 1. I left India in 1964 with a certificate in commerce and the equivalent, in those days, of ten dollars to my name. (p. 45, II. 1-2) 2. We lived three or four to a room, shared a single, icy toilet, and took turns cooking pots of egg curry, which we ate with our hands on a table covered with newspapers. (p. 45, II. 11-13) 3. In 1969, when I was thirty-six years old, my own marriage was arranged. (p. 45, II. 23) 4. I flew first to Calcutta, to attend my wedding, and a week later to Boston, to begin my new job. (p. 46, II. 7-9) 5. "There is an American flag on the moon!" (p. 51, II. 5) 6. "I come once a week to bring Mother groceries. Has she sent you packing yet?" (p. 56, II. 29-30) 7. One last Friday I handed Mrs. Croft eight dollar bills in an envelope, brought my suitcase downstairs, and informed her that I was moving. (p. 62, II. 13-15) 8. "I broke my hip!" (p. 65, II. 30) 9. "She is a perfect lady!" (p. 67, II. 6) 10. We are American citizens now, so that we can collect Social Security when it is time. (p. 68,...

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II. 11-12) 11. Whenever we make that drive, I always take Massachusetts Avenue, in spite of the traffic. (p. 68, II. 21-22) 12. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. (p. 69, II. 12-14) No. 2 a) Outline the events of the narrator' s life in chronological order (coherent text). The narrator in the short story 'The Third and Final Continent' by Jhumpa Lahiri, whose name is not mentioned, was born in Calcutta in 1933. When he is sixteen, his father dies because of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Because of that, his mother suffers from a bad depression which slowly turns into a seri- ous mental illness. The narrator always has to take care of his mother while he graduates. In 1964, when he is 31 years old, his mother dies and shortly afterwards he travels to Lon- don. In London he lives in Finsbury Park in a house with a few other Bengali immigrants. While studying at the London School of Economics, he works there in the library for five years. In 1969, his brother arranges a marriage to Mala, which the narrator accepts for traditional reasons, but actually sees Mala as a stranger. One week after the wedding in Calcutta, he quickly flies to Massachusetts because he was offered a full-time job in the processing of a library at the MIT. Mala wants to follow her husband in six weeks. In the USA, the narrator first stays at the YMCA for one week, until he finds a much better domicile for immediate occupancy. His new renter and housemate is a 103-years old lady named Mrs. Croft. After a short while, the two like each other. Mrs. Croft thinks the narrator is a gentleman because he always sits with her when he comes home from work and per- sonally hands her the rent every Friday. The narrator, on the other hand, has a lot of re- spect for Mrs. Croft, especially because of her old age. As planned, Mala arrives in Massachusetts six weeks later which is why the narrator moves out of Mrs. Croft's house. The couple lives together in an apartment a few blocks away from MIT. At first they live side by side like two strangers but after Mrs. Croft met Mala and said she was a perfect lady, the narrator begins to like Mala and even falls in love with her. A few months later, Mrs. Croft dies which upsets him a lot. After several years, the narrator and Mala live in a town twenty miles from Boston and have a son. The narrator himself works in a college library. b) Analyze the narrator's attitude towards the customs and traditions of his home country. The narrator rarely mentions Indian traditions. We can only read in a few paragraphs what he thinks about the customs and traditions of the Indians. The narrator quickly gets used to the foreign country and also adapts to their customs (p. 47, II. 27). For example Indian dishes are not important to him, so he just eats cornflakes every day (p.47, II. 27-28; p. 62, II. 7) and only speaks English (p. 62, II. 30). A common tradition in India that is very unusual in many industrialized countries such as the USA is the arranged wedding. A wedding is also arranged for the narrator (p. 45, II. 23 – p. 46, II. 1). When he finds out about it, he feels neither joy nor rejection (p.53, II. 4-5). He sees this tradition simply as a duty that he is expected to respect (p.53, II. 5-6). After the wedding, the narrator is no longer indifferent to this tradition. He realizes that Mala now be- longs to his household and that he has to take care of her (p. 53, II. 17-19). Through his choice of words (“household”, p. 62, II. 19) and that he sees the wedding, the needs of his wife, etc. as a duty shows that he actually doesn't want to be married. The whole situation seems to be more of a burden for him. Because of the arrival of Mala (which puts a lot of emphasis on Indian customs such as to wear a sari and gold bracelets; p. 62, II. 23-29) he even fears that he will experience a kind of racism or negligence from Americans every day. Just like the Indian woman who was attacked by an American woman's dog (p. 61, II. 24-29). The narrator also seems to be ashamed of his wife's traditional appearance, be- cause when he and Mala wanted to go out and she dresses in particularly traditional clothes, he regrets this decision (p. 64, II. 25). He doesn't want to be branded by the Amer - icans as the typical Indian man who refuses to adapt to them. The narrator also tries to convince Mala to remove the head covering, because he doesn't care about that custom (p. 63, II. 26-27). In the end, however, we find out that a few customs are important to him. The narrator de- scribes himself as an American citizen (p. 68, II. 11), but it is still important to him to intro- duce his son to Indian traditions. Therefore, they talk Bengali to each other, eat rice with their hands (p. 68, II. 18-20) and never wear shoes indoors (p. 57, II. 4-6). It is not clear why the narrator has retained a few Indian customs. Perhaps he wanted to make life in America easier for Mala, because at first she missed Calcutta very much (p. 62, II. 5-6). In summary, the narrator does not attach importance to Indian traditions at the beginning. Sometimes he is even ashamed of them. After a few years, however, when he has his own family, he retains a few customs to teach his son a part of his native culture. c) Compare the way the narrator presents Mrs. Croft and his mother. Which roles do both women play in his life? Mrs. Croft The narrator's mother - has a bold & clamorous voice (p. 48, II. 24) - she had become a widow very early - is tiny, extremely old (p. 49, II. 20) - widowhood had driven her crazy (p. 59, II. is very pale (p. 49, II. 29) 18) - has white hair (p. 49, II. 21) - suffered from a bad depression until she completely lost her mind - dressed very old-fashioned, e.g. a long black skirt, white shirt with ruffles at the throat and cuffs (p. 49, II. 27) - didn't care about manners anymore (p. 59, II. 21-22) - swollen knuckles and yellow nails (p. 49, II. - ran in underwear on the street (p. 59, II. 29) 29) many wrinkles (p. 50, II. 1) looks fierce anyway - commanding because because she constantly orders the narrator to lock the door or to sit next to her (p. 50, II. 5 ff.; p. 51, II. 1-2) - persistent/dominant because the narrator always has to say 'splendid' when they talk about the journey to the moon (p. 51, II. 25) → also instructive - conservative because the narrator was not allowed to have a woman visiting him and not even be alone in a room with a woman (Helen) (p. 52, II. 29; p. 58, II. 3-5) - immobile, Mrs. Croft can only move very slowly and with a crutch (p. 55, II. 28-30) - despite her age, she seems vigorous & imperious (p. 60, II. 7-8) - her old age is a miracle (p.60, II. 10) - not very emotional (p. 62, II. 18-19) - harsh because she orders Mala to get up from the piano if she can't play it (p. 66, II. 15) - just before her death she played with her excrement (p. 54, II. 1) - the narrator had to cremated her (p. 54, II 1) but he did it to release her tortured soul (p. 54, II. 5) ⇒ The narrator did not lose his mother when she died, but many years earlier. Be- cause of her depression, she was unable to take care of her sons. For this reason it can be said that the narrator lost his mother at the age of 16. Furthermore, while he ● took care of her, it pained him a lot to see his mother suffer for so many years until at some point she was no longer herself and died. d) Collect information about Mala and describe her. ● When the narrator meets Mrs. Croft he has a lot of respect for her because of her old age. Although she is not a substitute for his lost mother he still considers her as wise and trusts her words. So it happens that he starts to like Mala as soon as Mrs. Croft assures him that she is a "perfect lady" (p. 67, II. 6). Name: Mala Age: 27 years old born in Beleghata, Calcutta, India daughter of a schoolteacher Skills: cooking, knitting, embroidering, sketching landscapes, reciting poems → Mala does a lot of body care. Every night before going to bed she braids her long hair, rubs coconut oil into her scalp and applies cooling cream (p. 53, II. 15-16). She is slim and wears traditional Indian clothing. For example, she always wears a sari and some gold bracelets p. 62, II. 26). It is also important to her that strangers see that she is a married woman. So she wears an iron bangle around her wrist, puts vermilion powder on her hair (p. 61, II. 12-13), paints a red circle on her forehead and paints the sides of her feet with red paint (p. 62, II. 27-29). All of these are com- mon Indian customs to show that one is married. Nevertheless, it should be men- tioned that Mala later stops carefully maintaining certain customs (p. 68, II.. 14-15).

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"The Third and Final Continent" by Jhumpa Lahiri No. 1 1. I left India in 1964 with a certificate in commerce and the equivalent, in those days, of ten dollars to my name. (p. 45, II. 1-2) 2. We lived three or four to a room, shared a single, icy toilet, and took turns cooking pots of egg curry, which we ate with our hands on a table covered with newspapers. (p. 45, II. 11-13) 3. In 1969, when I was thirty-six years old, my own marriage was arranged. (p. 45, II. 23) 4. I flew first to Calcutta, to attend my wedding, and a week later to Boston, to begin my new job. (p. 46, II. 7-9) 5. "There is an American flag on the moon!" (p. 51, II. 5) 6. "I come once a week to bring Mother groceries. Has she sent you packing yet?" (p. 56, II. 29-30) 7. One last Friday I handed Mrs. Croft eight dollar bills in an envelope, brought my suitcase downstairs, and informed her that I was moving. (p. 62, II. 13-15) 8. "I broke my hip!" (p. 65, II. 30) 9. "She is a perfect lady!" (p. 67, II. 6) 10. We are American citizens now, so that we can collect Social Security when it is time. (p. 68,...

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II. 11-12) 11. Whenever we make that drive, I always take Massachusetts Avenue, in spite of the traffic. (p. 68, II. 21-22) 12. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. (p. 69, II. 12-14) No. 2 a) Outline the events of the narrator' s life in chronological order (coherent text). The narrator in the short story 'The Third and Final Continent' by Jhumpa Lahiri, whose name is not mentioned, was born in Calcutta in 1933. When he is sixteen, his father dies because of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Because of that, his mother suffers from a bad depression which slowly turns into a seri- ous mental illness. The narrator always has to take care of his mother while he graduates. In 1964, when he is 31 years old, his mother dies and shortly afterwards he travels to Lon- don. In London he lives in Finsbury Park in a house with a few other Bengali immigrants. While studying at the London School of Economics, he works there in the library for five years. In 1969, his brother arranges a marriage to Mala, which the narrator accepts for traditional reasons, but actually sees Mala as a stranger. One week after the wedding in Calcutta, he quickly flies to Massachusetts because he was offered a full-time job in the processing of a library at the MIT. Mala wants to follow her husband in six weeks. In the USA, the narrator first stays at the YMCA for one week, until he finds a much better domicile for immediate occupancy. His new renter and housemate is a 103-years old lady named Mrs. Croft. After a short while, the two like each other. Mrs. Croft thinks the narrator is a gentleman because he always sits with her when he comes home from work and per- sonally hands her the rent every Friday. The narrator, on the other hand, has a lot of re- spect for Mrs. Croft, especially because of her old age. As planned, Mala arrives in Massachusetts six weeks later which is why the narrator moves out of Mrs. Croft's house. The couple lives together in an apartment a few blocks away from MIT. At first they live side by side like two strangers but after Mrs. Croft met Mala and said she was a perfect lady, the narrator begins to like Mala and even falls in love with her. A few months later, Mrs. Croft dies which upsets him a lot. After several years, the narrator and Mala live in a town twenty miles from Boston and have a son. The narrator himself works in a college library. b) Analyze the narrator's attitude towards the customs and traditions of his home country. The narrator rarely mentions Indian traditions. We can only read in a few paragraphs what he thinks about the customs and traditions of the Indians. The narrator quickly gets used to the foreign country and also adapts to their customs (p. 47, II. 27). For example Indian dishes are not important to him, so he just eats cornflakes every day (p.47, II. 27-28; p. 62, II. 7) and only speaks English (p. 62, II. 30). A common tradition in India that is very unusual in many industrialized countries such as the USA is the arranged wedding. A wedding is also arranged for the narrator (p. 45, II. 23 – p. 46, II. 1). When he finds out about it, he feels neither joy nor rejection (p.53, II. 4-5). He sees this tradition simply as a duty that he is expected to respect (p.53, II. 5-6). After the wedding, the narrator is no longer indifferent to this tradition. He realizes that Mala now be- longs to his household and that he has to take care of her (p. 53, II. 17-19). Through his choice of words (“household”, p. 62, II. 19) and that he sees the wedding, the needs of his wife, etc. as a duty shows that he actually doesn't want to be married. The whole situation seems to be more of a burden for him. Because of the arrival of Mala (which puts a lot of emphasis on Indian customs such as to wear a sari and gold bracelets; p. 62, II. 23-29) he even fears that he will experience a kind of racism or negligence from Americans every day. Just like the Indian woman who was attacked by an American woman's dog (p. 61, II. 24-29). The narrator also seems to be ashamed of his wife's traditional appearance, be- cause when he and Mala wanted to go out and she dresses in particularly traditional clothes, he regrets this decision (p. 64, II. 25). He doesn't want to be branded by the Amer - icans as the typical Indian man who refuses to adapt to them. The narrator also tries to convince Mala to remove the head covering, because he doesn't care about that custom (p. 63, II. 26-27). In the end, however, we find out that a few customs are important to him. The narrator de- scribes himself as an American citizen (p. 68, II. 11), but it is still important to him to intro- duce his son to Indian traditions. Therefore, they talk Bengali to each other, eat rice with their hands (p. 68, II. 18-20) and never wear shoes indoors (p. 57, II. 4-6). It is not clear why the narrator has retained a few Indian customs. Perhaps he wanted to make life in America easier for Mala, because at first she missed Calcutta very much (p. 62, II. 5-6). In summary, the narrator does not attach importance to Indian traditions at the beginning. Sometimes he is even ashamed of them. After a few years, however, when he has his own family, he retains a few customs to teach his son a part of his native culture. c) Compare the way the narrator presents Mrs. Croft and his mother. Which roles do both women play in his life? Mrs. Croft The narrator's mother - has a bold & clamorous voice (p. 48, II. 24) - she had become a widow very early - is tiny, extremely old (p. 49, II. 20) - widowhood had driven her crazy (p. 59, II. is very pale (p. 49, II. 29) 18) - has white hair (p. 49, II. 21) - suffered from a bad depression until she completely lost her mind - dressed very old-fashioned, e.g. a long black skirt, white shirt with ruffles at the throat and cuffs (p. 49, II. 27) - didn't care about manners anymore (p. 59, II. 21-22) - swollen knuckles and yellow nails (p. 49, II. - ran in underwear on the street (p. 59, II. 29) 29) many wrinkles (p. 50, II. 1) looks fierce anyway - commanding because because she constantly orders the narrator to lock the door or to sit next to her (p. 50, II. 5 ff.; p. 51, II. 1-2) - persistent/dominant because the narrator always has to say 'splendid' when they talk about the journey to the moon (p. 51, II. 25) → also instructive - conservative because the narrator was not allowed to have a woman visiting him and not even be alone in a room with a woman (Helen) (p. 52, II. 29; p. 58, II. 3-5) - immobile, Mrs. Croft can only move very slowly and with a crutch (p. 55, II. 28-30) - despite her age, she seems vigorous & imperious (p. 60, II. 7-8) - her old age is a miracle (p.60, II. 10) - not very emotional (p. 62, II. 18-19) - harsh because she orders Mala to get up from the piano if she can't play it (p. 66, II. 15) - just before her death she played with her excrement (p. 54, II. 1) - the narrator had to cremated her (p. 54, II 1) but he did it to release her tortured soul (p. 54, II. 5) ⇒ The narrator did not lose his mother when she died, but many years earlier. Be- cause of her depression, she was unable to take care of her sons. For this reason it can be said that the narrator lost his mother at the age of 16. Furthermore, while he ● took care of her, it pained him a lot to see his mother suffer for so many years until at some point she was no longer herself and died. d) Collect information about Mala and describe her. ● When the narrator meets Mrs. Croft he has a lot of respect for her because of her old age. Although she is not a substitute for his lost mother he still considers her as wise and trusts her words. So it happens that he starts to like Mala as soon as Mrs. Croft assures him that she is a "perfect lady" (p. 67, II. 6). Name: Mala Age: 27 years old born in Beleghata, Calcutta, India daughter of a schoolteacher Skills: cooking, knitting, embroidering, sketching landscapes, reciting poems → Mala does a lot of body care. Every night before going to bed she braids her long hair, rubs coconut oil into her scalp and applies cooling cream (p. 53, II. 15-16). She is slim and wears traditional Indian clothing. For example, she always wears a sari and some gold bracelets p. 62, II. 26). It is also important to her that strangers see that she is a married woman. So she wears an iron bangle around her wrist, puts vermilion powder on her hair (p. 61, II. 12-13), paints a red circle on her forehead and paints the sides of her feet with red paint (p. 62, II. 27-29). All of these are com- mon Indian customs to show that one is married. Nevertheless, it should be men- tioned that Mala later stops carefully maintaining certain customs (p. 68, II.. 14-15).