जेम्स अल्फ्रेड वाइट जेम्स हेरिएट के रूप में लोकप्रिय है, और वह एक ब्रिटिश पशु चिकित्सा सर्जन और लेखक भी
थे। उन्होंने यह कहानी ए ट्राइंफ ऑफ सर्जरी लिखी है। कहानी तब शुरू होती है जब श्रीमती पम्फ्रे, एक अमीर
महिला अपने कुत्ते ट्रिकी को बाहर टहलने के लिए ले जाती है। पास के पशु चिकित्सक ने कुत्ते को देखा और सदमे
में है क्योंकि कुत्ते को प्रत्येक छोर पर एक फूला हुआ सॉसेज दिखाई देता है। तब उन्होंने उसे आहार देने से
रोकने की सलाह दी। लेकिन श्रीमती पम्फ्रे कुत्ते को मना करने में सक्षम नहीं है। जल्द ही ट्रिकी बीमार पड़
गया और डॉक्टर को बुलाया गया।
कथावाचक, मिस्टर हेरीट किसी तरह से ट्रिकी को इलाज के लिए अपने अस्पताल ले जाता है, यहां तक कि इस तथ्य को जानते हुए भी कि श्रीमती पम्फ्रे कुत्ते को कभी नहीं छोड़ेगी। वह कुत्ते को साथ ले गया और उसकी सर्जरी में उसके लिए बिस्तर लगा दिया। दो दिनों तक कुत्ते ने ज्यादा नहीं हिलाया और कुछ भी नहीं खाया। तीसरे दिन वह बाहर जाना चाहता था और वहाँ उसने बड़े कुत्तों के साथ खेलना शुरू कर दिया। बचे हुए खाने के लिए उसने दूसरे कुत्तों के कटोरे भी चाट लिए।
उसकी हालत में तेजी से सुधार होने लगा। साथ ही, उसने अन्य कुत्तों के साथ अपने भोजन के लिए लड़ाई शुरू कर दी। इस खबर को सुनने के बाद श्रीमती पम्फ्रे ने अस्पताल में अंडे भेजना शुरू कर दिया क्योंकि उन्हें लगा कि रिकवरी के बाद ट्रिकी को ऊर्जा खाद्य पदार्थों की आवश्यकता है। लेकिन मिस्टर हेरियट और उनके साथी सुबह के नाश्ते के रूप में उन अंडों को खाने लगे।
साथ ही, ट्रिक के रक्त में सुधार के लिए, श्रीमती पम्फ्रे ने बोतलों में शराब भेजना शुरू कर दिया। लेकिन फिर से, मिस्टर हेरियट ने उन का सेवन किया। यही नहीं, जब उसने ब्रांडी को बोतलों में भेजना शुरू किया तो उन्होंने उसका भी सेवन कर लिया। कुछ दिनों के बाद डॉक्टर ने एक समझदारी भरा फैसला लिया और श्रीमती पम्फ्रे को फोन किया क्योंकि वह ट्रिकी को घर वापस ले जाने के लिए बहुत चिंतित थी। ट्रिकी अपनी मालकिन को देखकर बहुत खुश हुआ और कार में कूद गया। तब श्रीमती पम्फ्रे ने कहा कि वह इस सब आश्चर्य के लिए कभी भी धन्यवाद नहीं कर पाएगी। और उसने कहा कि उसकी सर्जरी सफल रही क्योंकि ट्रिकी अब ठीक हो गया था ।
Q.1. Who was Tricki? How did Mrs. Pumphrey add to its problem?
A: Tricki was a little dog, who never denied to eat anything. He was suffering from disease of overfeeding. Mrs. Pumphrey continued with giving him malt, cod-liver oil and bowl of Horlicks. He became more ill. Thus, added to its problem.
Q.2. When Tricki was seriously ill, whom did Mrs. Pumphrey make a frantic call?
A: She made frantic call to Mr. Harriot, veterinary surgeon.
Q.3. What was Tricki’s real disease?
A: Tricki was suffering from overfeeding.
Q.4. Why did Mrs. Pumphrey make a frantic call to Mr. Herriot?
A: As Tricki had stopped eating anything. He refused even his favourite dishes. He did not show any interest in walking or doing anything. All the day he kept lying on the floor. She took it as if he was suffering from malnutrition. So, she made a frantic call to Mr. Herriot.
Q.5. Why is the narrator tempted to keep Tricki as a permanent guest?
A: Getting information that Tricki is out of danger, Mrs. Pumphrey starts sending eggs, wine and brandy for Tricki. Mr. Herriot does not give all this to Tricki. He enjoys all this food with his friends. To continue with all these luxurious rounds, he tempted to keep Tricki as a permanent guest.
Q.6. Why is Mrs. Pumphrey worried about Tricki?
A: Because he has grown very fat. He looks like a bloated sausage. He has become lazy, listless and idle. He takes no interest in doing anything. All the time, he keeps lying on the floor. He refuses to eat even his favourite dishes.
Q.7. What was Mr. Herriot’s strict advice? Did Mrs. Pumphrey pay heed to his advice?
A: Mr. Herriot’s strict advice was to cut down the sweet things from Tricki’s food. He said that Tricki should be given plenty of exercise. But Mrs. Pumphrey did not heed his advice. She thought Tricki was ill and was suffering from malnutrition. She continued with giving him cakes and chocolates.
Q.8. Mrs. Pumphrey has deep love and care for Tricki. Explain.
A: Mrs. Pumphrey considers him to be her child. She is so attached to Tricki that she brought him up in a luxurious way. She overfeeds him. She gives him cakes and chocolates malt, cod-liver and bowls of Horlicks to eat. She is caring that is why different types of all-weather beds, cushions, coats are provided to him day and night. Due to over care and overeating, when Tricki refuses to eat his favourites dishes and keeps lying on the floor idle, she thinks him to be suffering from malnutrition. He calls Mr. Herriot. When Mr. Herriot tells her to admit, she finds it difficult to part from him even for hours. However, she sends all accessories with Tricki. She calls Mr. Harriot about his health dozen times a day. She sends eggs, cakes, wine and brandy for Tricki. She gets emotional when she comes to take Tricki home after fifteen days. He sails into her lap. She thanks Mr. Herriot by saying it is really a triumph of surgery. Thus, we can say that she was both loving and caring.
Q.9. Write the character sketch of Mrs. Pumphrey.
A: 1. Rich Lady:
She was a wealthy and resourceful woman, having many servants and maids at her home. She had a pet dog named Tricki, whom she brought up in all luxurious way. Tricki’s diet and accessories were world class i.e. beds, cushions, coats, bowls. She had thirty feet long car.
2. Emotional & Grateful Person:
She considered Tricki to be her son. She was attached to Tricki and took care of him as her child. When Mr. Herriot told her to admit Tricki, she told him she cannot live without Tricki even for hours. When she went to Mr. Herriot to take him back after treatment, she got emotional when Tricki sailed in her lap and started licking her. He thanked Mr. Herriot by saying that it was really a triumph of surgery.
3. Silly & Ignorant woman:
She could not understand that excess of everything is bad, be it food or love. Her overfeeding costs Tricki heavily, he became lazy and fell ill. Paying no heed to doctor’s advice about Tricki’s food and exercise proves this thing. Calling Mr. Herriot dozen times a day, sending eggs, wine, brandy for Tricki are also sign of her being silly and ignorant in manners.
4. Foolish Indulgent:
On her dog Tricki, she spent lavishly. From so many beds, cushions, coats etc. to sending for him unnecessary things in clinic proves that she was foolishly indulgent.
1. Who is the author of the story ‘A Triumph of Surgery’?
(A) Ruskin Bond
(B) James Herriot
(C) K.A. Abbas
(D) H.G. Wells
2. James Herriot is a ........by profession.
(C) veterinary surgeon
3. Who was Tricki?
(A) a pet dog
(B) a cat
(C) a cow
(D) a hare
4. What things did Tricki like most?
(A) cream cakes
(C) both (A) and (B)
(D) none of these
5. What was Tricki’s only fault?
(A) his greed
(B) his never refusing food
(C) his tackling a meal at any hour
(D) all of these
6. Who was Hodgkin?
(A) Mr. Pumphrey’s cook
(B) Mrs. Pumphrey’s gardener
(C) Mrs. Pumphrey’s watchman
(D) Mrs. Pemphrey’s husband
7. What was the name of Mrs. Pumphrey’s dog?
8. The other dogs in the surgery found Tricki
(A) an intelligent object.
(B) an uninteresting object.
(C) an interesting object.
(D) very playful animal.
9. What was Tricki given at the surgery?
(A) sweet dishes
(B) nourishing food
(C) no food but plenty of water
(D) a lot of eggs
10. When was Mrs. Pumphrey informed that her little dog had recovered?
(A) after a week
(B) after a fortnight
(C) after three days
(D) after a month
11. How did the doctor treat the dog?
(A) by performing an operation
(B) by feeding the dog nourishing food
(C) by giving him a lot of exercise
(D) by giving him sweet things
12. Who is ‘I’ in the story ‘A Triumph of surgery?
(A) The narrator James Herriot
(B) james Bond
(C) H. G. Wells
(D) K.A. Abbas
13. Name the disease Tricki was suffering from.
1. (B) 2. (C) 3. (A) 4. (C) 5. (D) 6. (B) 7. (D) 8. (B) 9. (C) 10. (B) 11. (C) 12. (A) 13. (D)
Q.1 What is the name of the dog?
Q.2 “I think, I know a cure for you” Who is I?
Q.3 What did Mrs. Pumphery think her dog is suffering from_____.
Q.4 Mrs. Pumphery was a ________lady.
Q.5 What was Tricki’s main fault?
Q.6 What did the doctor give Tricki at his clinic?
Q.7 Write three main characters in the story.
Q.8 For how many days Mr. Herriot kept Tricki at clinic?
Q.9 How did Tricki look like?
Q.10 Where did Mr. Herriot take Tricki?
Q.11 The dog at clinic took no interest in Tricki because he was _____.