THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY

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THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Mind Map: THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY

1. Author's Grandmother

1.1. Divine Beauty

1.2. Strong faith in God

1.3. An old women

1.4. Short ,fat and slightly bent

1.5. Her face is a criss-cross of wrinkles

2. First Phrase

2.1. The author and the grandmother were good friends –constantly together. The author’s parents had left him with grandmother in the village.

2.2. She would get the author ready for the school.

2.3. She would accompany the author to the school and would spend time in the village temple. When the author’s school was over ,they would walk back home.

2.4. The grand mother used to take chapattis for the village dogs. She was kind to animals.

3. Second Phrase

3.1. A turning point came in their friendship when they were sent for by the author’s parents.

3.2. They shared same room but the author used to go the city school in a motor bus. She could not accompany him to school.

3.3. There were no dogs in the streets, so she took to feed the sparrows.

3.4. As the years rolled by they saw less of each other. She continued to wake the author up and get him ready for the school for some time .

3.5. But the city education distanced them. She did not like the city education.

4. GARANDMOTHER’S SILENT DISAPPROVAL TO CITY EDUCATION

4.1. The grandmother could not help the author in his lessons.

4.2. She did not believe in the things taught at the city school.

4.3. She was distressed that there was no teaching of God and the scriptures .

4.4. Teaching of music made her sad as she believed that music had indecent associations and was the monopoly of the beggars and harlots.

4.5. She said nothing but her silence meant disapproval.

4.6. She rarely talked to the author after that.

5. Reason of Sadness of Author's Grandmother

5.1. When the author decided to go abroad for further studies .He was sure that the grandmother would be upset.

5.2. He thought that she would be upset as at her age no one could tell.

5.3. But she was not even sentimental.

5.4. She went to leave the author to the station .she kissed him and the author CHERISHED THE MOIST IMPRINT AS PERHAPS THE LAST SIGN OF PHYSICAL CONTACT between them.

5.5. But after 5 years she was there to receive him at the station

6. THE AUTHOR’S HOME COMING

6.1. The author did not find any change in her

6.2. Her happiest moments were with the sparrows whom she fed longer and with frivolous rebukes.

6.3. In the evening a change came over her. She collected the women of the neighbourhood and sang the songs of the homecoming of the warriors.

6.4. They had to persuade her to stop to avoid overstraining.

6.5. In the evening she was taken ill.

7. DEATH OF THE GRANDMOTHER

7.1. She was taken ill. It was a mild fever and the doctor said that it would go. But she thought differently.

7.2. She told that her end was near and she had omitted to pray just before the last chapter of her life.

7.3. She could foresee her death. She died peacefully .

7.4. Even the sparrows mourned over death. The sparrows did not chirup and took no notice of the bread crumbs .