The Little Girl Class 9 Summary in English
In the story, there was a little girl named Kezia. She lives with her father, her mother, and her grandmother. Also, she was afraid of his father and tried to avoid him all the time. Moreover, she feels comforted on seeing his father leaving for office.
She was so afraid of her father that she mumbles in front of him as he appeared to her as rude, critical, and harsh. Further, her grandmother sought her to understand her parents better. That’s why she would encourage her to go to the drawing-room to chat with her parents. Then again she finds them cold towards her.
So, one fine day her grandmother suggested Kezia prepare a pin cushion for her father’s birthday.
that was coming the following week. Kezia stitched three sides of the cushion laboriously and kept one side open to stuff the case with something. She wondered what she could stuff it with and wandered into her mother’s bedroom to search for some scraps. There she found numerous sheets of fine paper, accumulated them, tore them into small pieces and stuffed the pin-cushion case, then finally sewed the fourth side.
Those papers were actually her father’s great speech for the Port Authority. When Kezia’s mother came to know that the little girl had torn those sheets of paper, she called her daughter to the drawing-room immediately. Her father was angry with her and he didn’t even listen to the reason why she tore the sheets of paper. And punished her with a bashing of the ruler on her palms. She failed to understand the punishment meted out to her when she had already accepted her mistake. Bitterly she said, ‘What did God make fathers for ?’One evening, she saw Mr. McDonald playing with his five children, laughing and enjoying with them. This convinced Kezia that all fathers are not alike. Some are loving and caring like Mr. McDonald and some are cruel like her father.However, Kezia’s demeanor towards her father transformed soon. One day, suddenly her mother fell ill and was hospitalized. Her grandmother went along with her mother. So, Kezia was left alone in the house with no one around except the cook, Alice. During the daytime, everything went well but during night-time, Kezia found it hard to sleep. She had a dreadful nightmare of a butcher holding a knife and a rope, who came closer smiling wretchedly and she was unable to move from that place. This nightmare woke her up and when she opened her eyes she noticed that her father was standing right next to her.
Soon Kezia’s father took her to his bedroom and made her a cozy and comfortable place to sleep on his bed. Besides, he also told her that she could rub her feet against his legs for some warmth. Later, she felt very safe and comfortable in her father’s company and that he wasn’t as bad as she had assumed him to be. She could feel the fatherly love that she felt deprived of all this while and understood that her father loved and cared for her in his own way. Kezia realized that her father was usually cranky every day for the hard work he did to earn a living for his family and was too tired by evening to come and play with her. After that day, the little girl honored, loved and cared for her father as much as she loved her grandmother and mother.
The story of Kezia is a heartwarming tale of a little girl who transforms her fear and misunderstanding of her father into love and understanding. Kezia lives with her father, mother, and grandmother but is constantly afraid of her father. She sees him as a strict and harsh figure who criticizes her often. She finds comfort in seeing him leave for work and tries to avoid him as much as possible.
Despite her grandmother’s attempts to make her understand her parents better, Kezia still feels distant from them. However, her grandmother suggests that Kezia prepare a pin cushion for her father’s birthday. While looking for scraps to stuff the pin cushion, Kezia finds sheets of paper, which turn out to be her father’s speech for the Port Authority.
Kezia tears up the sheets of paper to use as stuffing for the pin cushion, not realizing their importance. When her mother finds out what she did, she calls her to the drawing-room to confront her father. Kezia’s father is angry and punishes her with a ruler, which Kezia does not understand as she had already accepted her mistake. This experience makes Kezia question why God made fathers.
One evening, Kezia observes Mr. McDonald playing with his children and realizes that all fathers are not alike. Some fathers are loving and caring, while others are cruel like her father. However, Kezia’s attitude towards her father changes when her mother falls ill, and her grandmother goes to the hospital with her.
Kezia is left alone with the cook, Alice, and has a nightmare of a butcher holding a knife and a rope. She wakes up to find her father next to her and he takes her to his bedroom, making her a comfortable place to sleep. He also allows her to rub her feet against his legs for warmth. Kezia feels safe and comfortable in her father’s company, realizing that he loves and cares for her in his own way.
Kezia understands that her father works hard to provide for the family and is often too tired to play with her. After this experience, Kezia begins to honor, love and care for her father as much as she does for her mother and grandmother.
In conclusion, the story of Kezia is a beautiful example of how love and understanding can transform a relationship. Kezia’s fear and misunderstanding of her father are transformed into love and acceptance when she realizes that her father cares for her in his own way. It is a story that teaches us to look beyond appearances and understand the people in our lives. It is also a reminder that every father has his own way of expressing his love, and it is up to us to recognize and appreciate it.