Machines and Emotions Summary

The writer says that the machines have made the life of their owners comfortable but those of the workers miserable. Machines demand the qualities of regularity, punctuality, and exactness while there is no scope for the workers to do anything different or new. Their desire to do something is never satisfied and they become rebellious. They find their satisfaction in world wars. The writer makes some suggestions so as to avoid the possibility of a third world war by making the workers happy.

A Handful Of Dates Summary

A Handful of Dates” is an interesting but thought-provoking short story. The writer attacks the false religiosity and pretentious piety of the adults like the grandfather in the story. The young boy considers him a role model. He adores him to the skies and regards any service to him as a sort of worship. However, on knowing his true self, he dislikes and hates him so much that he spews out the dates given to him by the grandfather.

The  Merchant  of  Venice: Summary and Important Questions

“The Merchant of Venice” is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare, in which the Venetian merchant named Antonio failed to pay a massive loan from the Jewish moneylender, Shylock. Although in this play Antonio is the main character, the audience is drawn to Shylock who sues Antonio and Portia, the rich heiress who marries Antonio ‘s friend Bassanio and saves Antonio ‘s life in a dramatic court scene.

On Saying Please: Summary and Questions

Alpha of the Plough is the pen name of Alfred George Gardiner, an English journalist, biographer and essayist. “On saying please” is an apt commentary on the mannerism of people in the society. The writer wants people to be civil and courteous. The world is a place where, we have to live with a lot of different people who have different attitudes, different manners, traditions and mentalities.

The Rule of the  Road: Summary and Themes

In a  witty piece of writing  A.G.  Gardiner brings out the essential difference between individual and social liberty and the need for adjustment between the two.  He illustrates how unlimited freedom will only lead to disorder.  Man is a part of society and he should always realize his social obligations.