The House call

Lesson 3

The House Call: Story from Germany

 

Summary

 

The House Call is a supernatural story from Germany. It is the story about the international of dead person in the form of a living girl to help her sick mother. As a ghost from, a little girl who had died before three months, goes to call doctor for the treatment of her mother.

 

It is 1930, the day after Christmas 9:30 pm. Dr. Emil Braun is taking rest after 8 hours more surgical work for whole day. He wakes up suddenly by hearing the sound of doorbell. His wife replies to a little girl to come tomorrow. But little girl says that her mother is try sick and may die. Listening the plea of girl, Dr. Braun becomes ready to go. The little girl is of six or seven years of old. She is in a cotton dress, shabby shoes and ragged shawl. Dr. Braun follows her but can't not meet her. She only stops at the bending of the road to show where she is going. Finally, she climbs up the stairs of an old testament house. It is slightly raining outside. The little girl stands at the door of fifth floor. She thanks doctor for his kindness anal points to the room where a woman toas lying sick. Dr. Braun goes inside and hears the door close softly behind him.

 

In the dim light of room, Dr. Brain easily recognized Mrs. Elda, who was once a maintenance staff in the same hospital, where he was working. Three years back she had left the job and gone to village with her single daughter Adelhet. At present. she is suffering from pneumonia. Dr. Braun asks her why she returns from village. He also shows his strangeness for her grown up and obedient daughter. But Mrs. Elda says that her daughter died before three months, after her seventh birthday. And then Eld returned to the city. She further says that she has kept her shoes and shawl which reminds her daughter that she is still living. Dr. Brian looks towards shoe and shawl, which were wet. Elda says that she was thinking about Dr. Brian last night and she is lucky for his presence. Dr. Braun looks around, finds Elda asleep and steps out into the dark hallway and close the door.

 

Similarities & differences between the house call and The loving mother

 

Similarities:

 

1. Both are supernatural stories.

 

2.Dead persons take long form, go out to help 3. Impossible to catch on the way they run fast 4. Soul takes ghostly form and disappears at last.

 

3. In bath stories events take place at night time. 6. Both figures desire to be followed.

 

4.Both behaves like real human like speaking, walking and

 

5.In both stories, they disappear after reaching at the door

 

Differences:

 

1.In Loving Mother dead mother takes living form whereas in House Call a dead girl of nine takes living form.

 

2.Mother goes to buy Ame on stick for her little baby bit girl goes out to call doctor for the treatment of her sick mother

 

3.Mother had died recently and still there is dead body lying on the bed but girl had died three months ago.

 

4.Loving mother is the story of four days event here as House call has a single day episode





Short Answer Questions

 

1. Why does the little girl come to doctor's home? Is she able to take the doctor at her home? Explain. [5]

 

2075 GIE Q.No.5a

 

The little girl Adelheid is Elda's daughter who has already died The spirit of the girl goes to the doctor's house in the darkness to call him for the treatment of her sick mother, Elda, the previous staff of the doctor, The previous night Elda has a hope that the doctor will come to treat her. The girl as a spirit may have heard the wish of her mother whom she loves so much and gone to call the kind doctor for the treatment of her mother. The girl knows it very well that there is no one 10 help her mother since she is alone. The kind daughter thus visits the kind doctor for a house call. The doctor too doesn't deny despite his age and tiredness. He goes to treat the child's mother thinking that this was an emergency case Yes, the girl enables to take the doctor at her home. She disappears after the doctor enters the room. He sees her mother Elda lying on the bed and surprises later to know that the girl who goes to call him has already passed away.



2. Sketch the character of Dr. Barun in brief.

 

2068 Q.No.5d and 2075 Partial E Q.No.5b

 

Dr. Braun is a famous surgeon living in Berlin. He is very old by age but still active and energetic. He has a loving wife and a house. Dr. Braun is a professional doctor and is pure at heart. He is a man of duty. Unlike other commercial doctor, he thinks that the god sends the patients to him which becomes his responsibility to treat. So, he is kind, loving and helpful doctor hardly seen in our world of medicine today More than that, he is quite religious at heart. He believes whatever god puts in front him he has to do that. So, despite his age, he makes a house call.

When Dr. Braun visits Elda he is 67 years old. While climbing the ladder of the old tenement house he reveals this to the readers. He remembers how he used to climb the stairs at the age of 27 forty years ago. He is quite old doctor. But his age does nothing before his courage and confidence. He says he can climb the stairs even at this age like the time when he was 27 years old.


3. Why was the doctor tired? What was he doing when a girl knocked at the door? [5]

 

2072 Set E Q.No.5a and 2072 Set D Q.No.5b

 

The doctor Emil Braun of the story House Call was really tired because he remained busy the whole day in the surgical operation. He had to undergo the difficult operation that day. Moreover, he was quite old and the continuous work for him in such age can obviously make him tired.

When the girl, who came to call him at night, knocked at the door Emil Braun was having rest in the kitchen He was thinking of the long and difficult operation of the day. He was almost asleep on the kitchen table. He heard the bell rang but didn't go to answer the door himself. It was Mrs. Braun who answered the door She tried to persuade the girl to come the other day but kind doctor made the house call.



5. Why did the doctor have a look of surprise on his face when Elda told him that her little daughter died in September?

 

2058 Q.no.5a, 2063 Q.No.5c, and 2070 Set B Supp Q.No.5b

 

Doctor Emil Braun is the main character in the story He is a kind doctor and makes a house call even at the difficult time. Once it happened to him so unusual, He was called by a girl at night for the treatment of her mother whom he follows in the darkness up to the old tenement house where her mother lived. When Doctor Braun follows the girl in the room, he sees the mother lying on the bed. But it is such a coincidence that she was his previous staff, Elda. In course of the conversation Elda informed Dr. Brown thatcher daughter had died in the September, three months ago. When he heard this, he had a look of surprise. The reason might be that Braun had seen Elda's little daughter on the way and at his house. It was she who had gone to call him for the treatment of her sick mother. Dr. Braun had followed the same girl on the way. So, there was difference between what he saw and what he heard. He had taken the girl as Elda's daughter who even matches the age and perhaps appearance too. By not even deciding if this is real or a dream Doctor Braun had a look of surprise on his face.



6. Why did the little girl come to the doctor's house? [5]

 

2069 Supp Q.No.5b

 

The little girl Adelheid is Elda's daughter who had already died the spirit of the girl went to the doctor's house in the darkness to call him for the treatment of her sick mother, Elda, the previous staff of the doctor. The previous night Elda had hoped that the doctor would come to treat her. The girl as a spirit might have heard the wish of her mother whom she loved so much and gone to call the kind doctor for the treatment of her mother. The girl knew it very well that there was no one to help her mother since she was alone. The kind daughter thus visited the kind doctor for a house call. The doctor too didn't deny despite his age and tiredness. He went to treat the child's mother thinking that this was an emergency case.



7. What did the mother (Elda) keep to remind her of her daughter?

 

2067 Q.No.5a Partial

 

Elda, a sick woman of the story, has a tragic story to tell. The tragedy is that she lost her only daughter Adelheid She had kept het reminders with a view to remember her again and again. The reminders might make her feel that her daughter is still with her Because she loved Adelheid so much she kept her reminders In addition to this she would talk about her by showing the reminders, Elda had kept her shoes and shawl as the reminders which Dr. Braun also sees kept at the corner of the house. So, she had kept the reminders to feel that her lost daughter is still with her She wanted to be adjusted slowly. By the help of these reminders she could talk about her daughters with her visitors. Unlike Rosa of the story The Lost Doll who thinks the reminders would add pain and shock on her, Elda thinks they would work as the Soothing medicine to adjust with the fate. So there was a noble purpose behind.



8. What did Dr. Braun discover when he went with the girl who came to his house?

 

2057 Q.No.5a

 

The Doctor Braun found out the mystery that lay behind the girl after he went with the girl who came to his house. A thin looking girl of six or seven came in the darkness to fetch Dr. Braun. In the drizzling rain, he followed her to the old tenement house. He followed her in the room where a sick woman, the child's mother was lying. He measured her pulse and knew that she had been suffering from pneumonia. Afterwards he knew that the woman was Elda. He praised the girl who he thought was Elda's living daughter. But Elda explained everything: how she went in the village and her daughter died there Though Doctor Braun could hardly believe that, he didn't see the child there. Thus, he knew that it was not Elda's daughter who went to call him but was her spirit. He knew the fact however it was so confusing and unbelievable.




Long Answer Questions

 

9. What are two possible explanations of who the girl was who came to fetch the doctor?

 

2066 Q.No.4 a

 

“The House Call" is a supernatural story and narrates something uncommon to us. The story portrays a character of the girl who goes to fetch Doctor Braun to treat her sick mother in the rainy night. The girl appears to be so mysterious that our science fails to answer the question of her existence. When Elda says that the girl has been already dead, we are forced to make some explanations about her identity.

One possible explanation is that she is the ghost or spirit of Adelheid, the dead child of Elda. The story tells that she goes to call the doctor, Doctor sees her and even follows her. When he follows he fails to catch her speed. It appears as if she is flying. The he reaches in the room where her mother has been lying After the treatment, he knows that the daughter is already dead. He has also seen the shoes and shawl that he has seen on the way. This incident says that the story speaks about the existence of the spirit or ghost. The second possible explanation is that this is simply the illusion of Dr. Braun. Dr. Braun has been really tired because the long operation he has undergone during the day. He is old by age. In the kitchen table he has been dozed off. Perhaps he has seen the dream that a girl has come to call him He follows her his dream as he follows her, he can't make it. And by the time he checked her mother, he knows it is Elda Perhaps he has a relation to Elda. He knows her and has also worked with her in the same hospital. It may have come to his mind by some reason that she is sick and goes to visit her. Actually, he realizes later that there has been no one to call him.

To sum up, since the girl of the story is so mysterious, many explanations about her identity can be possible. The above two explanations however seem quite convincing.




10.  Summarize the story The House Call.

 

2066 Q.No.4a Old

 

The House Call is a story from Germany that basically concentrates upon the mysterious arrival of the spirit of a young girl to make a call to the doctor for the treatment of her mother who was suffering from pneumonia for several days. Dr. Brawn the protagonist of this story, is identified as the famous Surgeon in his locality.

 

It is 1930, the day after Christmas 9,30 pm. Dr. Emil Braun is taking rest after 8 hours more surgical work for whole day. He wakes up suddenly by hearing the sound of doorbell. His wife replies to a little girl to come tomorrow. But little girl says that her mother is very sick and may die. Listening the plea of girl, Dr. Braun becomes ready to go. The little girl is of six or seven years of old. She is in a cotton dress, shabby shoes and ragged shawl. Dr. Braun follows her but cannot meet her. She only stops at the bending of the road to show where she is going. Finally, she climbs up the stairs of an old tenement house. It is slightly raining outside. The little girl stands at the door of fifth floor. She thanks doctor for his kindness and points to the room where a woman was lying sick. Dr. Braun goes inside and hears the door close softly behind him.

In the dim light of room, Dr. Braun easily recognizes Mrs. Elda, who was once a maintenance staff in the same hospital, where he was working Three years back, she had left the job and gone to village with her single daughter Adelheid. At present she is suffering from pneumonia Dr. Braun asks her why she returns from village. He also shows his strangeness for her grown up and obedient daughter. But Mrs. Elda says that her daughter died before three months after her seventh birthday. And then Eida referred to the city She further says that she has kept her shoes and shawl which reminds her daughter that she is still living. Dr. Braun looks towards shoe and shawl, which were wet. Elda says that she was thinking about Dr. Braun last night and she was lucky for his presence Dr. Braun looks around, finds Elda asleep and steps out into the dark hallway and closes the door.



11. Show the points of similarities and differences between the two supernatural stores ‘A House Call' and ‘The Loving Mother'.

 

2064 Q.No.4a

 

'The House Call' and The Loving Mother': Similarities & Differences

 

Both the stories The House Call" and the loving Mother" share a lot of similarities. Both are the supernatural stories that talk about the existence of ghost. The existence of the ghost is neither proved by science or the natural law. Next, both of these stories are about after life. The girl in the "House Call' and the mother in "The Loving Mother' appear after the death, the dead ones take living form, and go out to help their relatives. The third similarity is of setting. The darkness, old tenement house, the alleys, room in the house, the bed, and the staircase are common in both of the stories. Another similarity is that it becomes impossible to catch the spirit on the way as they run fast. In both of the stories the people follow the dead ones at night. It means the dead ones reappear in the form of the spirit. The Soul takes ghostly form and disappears at last. Similarly, both the figures desire to be followed. In other words, they call the doctor and pharmacist at their home. Another of the similarities is that the spirit in the story behaves like real human being. They involve in interaction and walk like the real the both stories human being. Similarly, the spirits of disappear after they have their goal achieved. Despite these similarities there are differences too:

The first of the differences is that "The House Call" is the story from Berlin, Germany where as the story "The Loving Mother" is from Hokkaido Island of Japan. The second major difference is that the first story is about the reincarnation whereas the second one is about the existence of life after death. The third difference is that in "The Loving Mother dead mother appears after death whereas in House Call a dead girl of nine takes living form after her death. In "The Loving Mother” mother goes to buy Game on stick for her little baby bum girl goes out to call doctor for the treatment of her sick mother in the "The House Call". Again, the mother had died recently and still there is dead body lying on the bed but girl had died three months ago, Loving mother is the story of four days event where as House call has a single day episode. In the nutshell, both the stories share a lot of similarities and differences in them. The purpose behind may be that similar events take place in the different parts of the world not only in Germany, not only in Japan.

 

 


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