CBSE NCERT Class 9 English Chapter 7 Prose Packing

Chapter 7 of the Class 9 English textbook – Beehive – has a prose piece titled Packing, which follows three friends as they prepare to go on a trip. Students enrolled in CBSE Class 9 may get a prose summary in the form of CBSE English Notes Class 9 here. The prose’s summary CBSE Class 9 English Prose Notes – Packing is given here to help students in developing a thorough knowledge of the chapter and referring to it while reviewing for their examinations.

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The Narrator (Jerome) Boasts Of Being The Master Of Packing


The narrator was about to take the journey with his friends George and Harris. He informed them that he would take care of the packing.

They accepted his offer and sat back to relax while he packed his belongings.

The narrator’s true purpose was to supervise his friends as they packed. He desired to instruct his friends in the art of packing.

They misinterpreted him, and as a result, the narrator was forced to pack.

Haphazard Packing By The Narrator



The narrator immediately began packing. He took a little longer than he anticipated. He packed the bag but neglected to include the boots.

As a result, he had to reopen the bag and reintroduce them. He was unsure whether or not he had placed his toothbrush in the bag.

As a result, he was forced to reopen the bag and empty its contents. He reinserted the contents of the bag one by one and discovered his toothbrush inside a boot.

He had to reopen the bag once more due to the fact that he had forgotten his spectacles inside.

George & Harris Do The Rest Of The Packing


George inquired as to whether the narrator had packed the soap or not. The narrator became enraged upon hearing this, having already opened and packed the bag several times.

As a result, George and Harris were assigned the task of completing the remaining packing.

Situation Becomes Worse


George and Harris make numerous errors while packing. They broke cups, misplaced items and couldn’t find them when they needed them, piled heavy items on top of light items, and stepped on things.

Montmorency Joins The Packing



Montmorency (the narrator’s pet dog) approached and sat on various items, jamming his leg in the jam and scattering the teaspoons.

He entered the hamper and began attacking three lemons, mistaking them for rats. Harris escorted him away.

End Of Packing


Finally, packing concluded at 12:50 a.m. The three friends were extremely exhausted and chose to sleep. They had an argument prior to sleeping about when to wake up in the morning.



1. How many characters are there in the narrative? Name them. (Don’t forget the dog!).

Ans. There are four characters in the narrative. They are the narrator himself Jerome, George, Harris and the dog named Montmorency.

2. Why did the narrator (Jerome) volunteer to do the packing?

Ans. The narrator volunteered to do the packing because he was proud of his packing skills. According to him, it was one of those things which he knew more about than any other person living. But, as it turned out, he was not very correct.

3. How did George and Harris react to this? Did Jerome like their reaction?

Ans. George and Harris at once accepted Jerome’s suggestion. George spread himself over the easy chair and Harris cocked his legs on the table. Jerome didn’t like their reaction and was irritated.

4. What was Jerome’s real intention when he offered to pack?

Ans. When Jerome had made the suggestion that he would pack, he actually intended that he would supervise Harris and George in the packing. He thought that he would push them aside every now and then and teach them how to do the packing properly.

5. What did Harris say after the bag was shut and strapped? Why do you think he waited till then to ask?

Ans. After the bag was shut and strapped, Harris asked Jerome, if he had put the boots in. It seems that it was his habit not to say a word until the job was finished. So, he didn’t say a word until Jerome had shut and strapped the bag.

6. What ‘horrible idea’ occurred to Jerome a little later?

Ans. After Jerome was done with packing, a ‘horrible idea’ occurred to him. The horrible idea was if he had packed his toothbrush or not. ‘He had to reopen the bag and rearrange it.

7. Where did Jerome finally find the toothbrush?

Ans. Jerome finally found the toothbrush inside a boot for which he has to cake out everything and shake it.

8. Why did Jerome have to reopen the packed bag?

Ans. Jerome packed the bag after finding his toothbrush. But, unfortunately, he had packed his spectacles in it. So, he had to reopen the bag to take it out.

9. What did George and Harris offer to pack and why?

Ans. George and Harris offered to pack the hampers as they weren’t packed yet and they had to start their journey in less than twelve hours.

10. While packing the hamper, George and Harris do a number of foolish and funny things.

Tick the statements that are true.

(i) They started with breaking a cup.

(ii) They also broke a plate.

(iii) They squashed a tomato.

(iv) They trod on the butter.

(v) They stepped on a banana.

(vi) They put things behind them and couldn’t find them.

(vii) They stepped on things.

(viii) They packed the pictures at the bottom and put heavy things on top.

(ix) They upset almost everything.

(x) They were very good at packing.

Ans. Statements (i), (iii), (iv), (vi), (vii) and (ix) are true.

Discuss in group and answer the following questions in two or three paragraphs ( 100-150 words).

1. What does Jerome say was Montmorency’s ambition in life? What do you think of Montmorency and why?

Ans. According to Jerome, Montmorency’s ambition in life is to get in the way and get scolded. He would always be present at a place where he wasn’t wanted, be a perfect nuisance and make people mad. He enjoyed things thrown at its head. His day is not completed without all these activities.

His highest aim in life was to get somebody to stumble over him and curse it steadily for an hour. He was surely a nuisance. He created a ruckus when George and Harris were packing. He sat down on things that were to be packed, put his leg into the jam and attacked the lemons in the hamper thinking that they were rats

2. Of the three, Jerome, George and Harris, who do you think is the best or worst packer? Support your answer with details from the text

Ans. In my opinion, all the three friends, Jerome, George and Harris prove to be bad at packing things. But Jerome seems to be a bit less worse than the other two. Jerome thought that he had a knack of packing things and he took pride in his skill. However, his packing skills are not very good.

He forgot to pack the boots. He, himself, said that he could not remember if he had packed his toothbrush or not. Finally, when he is done with the packing, he realises that he has accidentally packed his spectacles. He kept packing and unpacking the bag a number of times.

George and Harris proved to be a lot worse than Jerome. They created a mess. They broke a cup; packed heavy things on top of light items; put things behind them and then couldn’t find them when they wanted, stepped on things, and upset almost everything.

3. How did Montmorency ‘contribute’ to the packing?

Ans. Montmorency ‘contributed’ in the packing by creating a ruckus. It was his ambition to come into people’s ways and be cursed. He always tried to be the perfect nuisance. He· actually liked when people got mad at him and threw things at him. His day was wasted if somebody didn’t stumble over him as he got a chance to curse him for an hour.

However, Jerome said that Montmorency did not require any encouragement. He had a natural and original sin that he was born with. He came and sat down on things just when they were about to be packed.

Whenever Harris or George reached out their hand for anything, it was his cold damp nose their hands met. He put his leg into the jam .and scattered the teaspoons. He went into the hamper and attacked lemons thinking them to be rats.

4. Do you find this story funny? What are the humorous elements in it? (Pick out at [east three, think about what happens, as well as how it is described.)

Ans. The story is indeed a humorous one. The way three grownups, accompanied by a dog, make a fool out of themselves is really hilarious. The fun begins from the starting when Jerome is misunderstood by his friends when he says that he wants to do the packing.

Next, the narrator claims that he has a knack of packing. The way he unpacks and repacks the same thing three times surely tickles the funny bone.

His friends are far worse than him. They create a total mess. They broke things, sat on them and then tried to find them. Things get funnier when Montmorency decides to play his part.

The narrator describes how Montmorency thought that lemons were rats and got into the hamper and ‘killed’ three before Harris could land a frying pan on him.

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