What had been the topic of discussion at Dabney’s last evening? What did the
little man say when he was asked to narrate his own story?
Ans:- The topic of discussion at Dabney’s last
evening was about events that cannot be explained by natural causes.
The little man insisted that whatever he spoke
was the truth, unlike the made-up stories that other iterated, he also termed
his story as a self-completing ‘occurrence’ which personally happened to him.
2. While staying in great Ormond Street, how was
the narrator affected by the face on the wall?
Ans:- The face
affected our narrator greatly as his thoughts were filled with it. As days went
by and the narrator had the time to recover from his illness, he was
affirmative that maybe there was indeed a man alive with the same face, he was
sure about it. So, he began searching for him everywhere even though his
efforts were useless. The search drove him to insanity, to the point where he
How during influenza did the author find changes in the face on the wall?
Ans:- The face on the
wall appeared and felt like most of those that take in form on damped and
patchy walls. The author didn’t notice anything strange at first but after
falling sick due to influenza he did notice sudden and interesting changes. The
face on the wall gradually had a stronghold on the narrator as it grew more and
more real and remarkable. The face occupied all his thoughts as he took into account
the features that the face had.
How did the face control the narrator and how was he forced to go for a real
Ans:- As the face on
the wall became more prominent, the narrator’s hunger for finding the man
increased. He began searching for him everywhere; he went to places where large
people would gather like in political meetings, football matches, railway
stations etc. He went frenzy and neglected everything else. He would search him
in hoards of men and never laid an eye on women during that time.
How did the narrator search the man and what had been the result?
Ans:- The narrator
searched the man in places where many people would gather at once, i.e.,
football matches, political meetings, railway stations etc. He would always
stare at people’s faces in an attempt to find even a small bit of resemblance,
this activity however made the crowd think he was some mad person. Needless to
say, it drove him crazy as he neglected everything else he had in life until he
did found the man in a taxi which was heading somewhere.
How did the narrator find the man? On following the man what did he find?
Ans:- The narrator
found the man in a taxi which was going east along Piccadilly. He followed the
man to Charing Cross station and saw him with ladies and a little girl. After
finding out that the mysterious man was heading to France, our narrator decided
to tag along. Failing at first, he didn’t lose hope but moved forward only to
at last meet the man whose face was on the wall in front of his cabin door.
How did the narrator discover the man as a rich person?
Ans:- Upon returning
to Great Ormond Street he immediately decided to find the American. He wrote to
many American editors and made American friends in London but all he could
gather about the man was that he was a millionaire with English parents. That’s
how he came to know that he was a rich person.
8. How did the narrator meet the man? What did
he ask then?
Ans:- the narrator at
first saw the man in a taxi that was going east. He then reached Charing Cross
and took the same ship as the man for France after a lot of hassle. Our
narrator took his place in front of the man’s cabin door and after finally
meeting him all he could ask for was just his card. The man although looked
questionably at our narrator, gave him the card and hastily left.
9. What happened to the narrator on reading the
Ans:- The narrator
felt an immense sense of satisfaction after meeting the one he was searching
for everywhere. He placed himself in a corner and read the card just enough to
learn the man’s name and the place where he lived before falling unconscious as
his head spun, with light leaving his eyes.
How did the man react when the narrator asked him for his card?
Ans:- The man was
shocked and surprised at our narrator advances but he granted his request; gave
him his business card and left hurriedly. The narrator did not doubt that the
man must have considered him a mad person, still, he was nice enough to not
deject him completely.
On returning to Great Ormond Street what else information did the narrator
gather about the man?
Ans:- Once the narrator got better, he returned to
Great Ormond Street and began his search for the man and about his identity. He
knew he was an American so he wrote to many American editors and made friends
with Americans in London just to learn about the man. All he learned was that
he was a rich millionaire with English parents but he couldn’t find the
What change about the face did the narrator gather about the man?
Ans:- The narrator
was shocked to see that the face on the wall was only barely visible. Until
before it was prominent almost with a voice of its own but the next thing he
knew it had just become a ghost of itself. It was confusing and saddening for the
narrator since he could sense an ill foreboding from the set of events.
What change about the face did the narrator find? How did the newspapers reveal
Ans:- One day the
narrator just found out that the face on the wall had grown faint. It disturbed
him a lot because he felt like he was losing something he didn’t even found an
answer to. It was frustrating to say the least. However our narrator found out
that an American millionaire got into a car accident and that the person’s life
was in danger. It was as if the image of the face had some kind of connection
with the actual person’s life. So, when the face completely disappeared, the
man in question also died.
How are the death of the man and the disappearance of the face from the wall
Ans:- The narrator
noticed how the perfectly visible face had turned faint overnight just when the
news of an American millionaire’s motor accident made to the headlines of the
newspaper. He was confused at first but later upon realizing that it is the
same person whom he was frantically searching for a while back, he examined the
face again. This time though he witnessed it disappearing completely from the
wall. The man died as well. This suggests that the life of the said person and
his face on the wall are connected.
What were the two most remarkable and extraordinary about the narrator’s story?
Ans:- The first most
remarkable thing about the narrator’s story was how must the features of an
American gentleman had taken a firm form in the carvings of the wall of a house
in London. The second most remarkable thing that happened was that both the
name of the gentlemen and the place where his features were carved out, the shared
similarity in their names, i.e., both had “Ormond” in the names.
What had been the third thing that the author mentioned?
Ans:- The third thing
that the author mentioned was that he made the whole story up in half an hour
which means all of it was just a hoax just to entertain a certain group of
people. None of the things that happened to the author was real and was just a
part of his story to surprise people who were listening to his story.
Comment on the ending of the story.
Ans:- The story “Theface on the wall” had a very fun touch to it because it had a good balance of
having the shock factor with an expected end.
It had managed to rapt the attention of its readers with its perfect
pacing. Events described in the story were spooky and funny as we witness a man
losing it all for finding a man he doesn’t know at all. The way the narrator
revealed that all he said up until then was a story that he made up half an
hour ago despite insisting that it was true occurrence was funny because it
left everyone in an utter state of confusion. Thus, we can conclude that climax
was as good as the build-up of the story, very O Henry-ish.
Evaluate the story to be catering to supernatural elements.
Ans:- The events
elaborated in the story were pretty interesting. The way the life of the
American had some kind of spooky connection with the carvings in the wall that
had taken shape with features of the said man, also how the place of our
narrator’s residence shared the same name as the mysterious person were
supernatural, to say the least. Interestingly we also found out that the face
did disappear from the wall once the person was dead, which means the vitality
of the human life can be expressed based on the clarity of the carvings. All in
all, even though it was a made-up story, it scored some good points for its
19. Evaluate the storytelling skill of the narrator.
Ans:- The narrator
showcased his impressive storytelling skill while narrating the story to the
people around him, his influence even reached the readers as he managed to
capture everybody’s attention. The way he crafted a thrilling story that served
the purpose and aim of that night’s topic of discussion was truly remarkable.
His story, even though a hoax, had some creepy sense of reality to it which
made it even more appealing. Even when he ultimately revealed that his story
was false one with satisfaction, it managed to catch all of us off guard though