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A Question of Trust Summary for Class 10
A Question of Trust Summary for Class 10
A Question of Trust Summary

A Question of Trust Summary Start ➢

Main Character of Story ➦

In this chapter, 2 main characters were Horace Danby and a lady(a lady I say because in this chapter this lady has no name) play a very important role in a question of trust chapter.

Horace Danby was an expert in a locksmith. He was fifty years old, but he was unmarried and lived alone. And the lady was also a thief.

Why did Horace cheat ➦

Everyone thought that Horace Danby is a good, honest person. But he was not completely honest because every year he looted one safe and doing this work because he wants to buy rare and expensive books.

So this year, he chooses a house for robbery, and the house name is Shotover Grange. Shotover Grange family lived in London and their servant manages this house.

Horace Danby planning to rob in this house so he studies the house map and he entered this house.

What problem Horace face ➦

Horace Danby faces a problem that means if flower smell comes to Horace’s nose then he sneezed. So in this house bowl of flower keep on the table and when the flower smell goes to Horace Danby nose then he starts sneezing.

Shotover Grange safe has 15,000 pond cost of jewels and he expected if I sold these jewels in black then I can easily make 5thousand pond.

Who was that woman behind Horace ➦

So when he starts opening the safe then a sound comes from behind and this sound called by a young, beautiful lady this lady says ‘What is it? a cold or hay fever?’.

Horace when seeing behind then he surprised because in this house a dog lives, and the dog’s name is Sherry and sherry rubbing his body to this lady’s leg. Horace thinks this lady is mysteries of this house.

So here start making this lady his friend because if this lady becomes a friend of Horace then this lady does not report to the police.

What happens with Horace Danby ➦

So when this lady picked up a silver box from the table and took a cigarette from it. For making happy her and Horace took off his gloves and gave her his cigarette lighter.

Horace says to the beautiful lady ‘you will let me go?’ he held the lighter towards her. She yes I free you but only if you will do something for me. Horace yeah, I do anything for you.

She starts saying before we left for London I promised my husband to take my jewels to our bank but I left them here in the safe.

I want to wear them to a party tonight, so I came down to get them, but..”.

What does Horace do ➦

Horace smile and say you have forgotten the numbers to open the safe, haven’t you?” and leave me for one hour. After one hour you found your jewels in your hand.

After completing a one-hour Horace give all jewels to the lady. And the lady takes these jewels and gone from the house and also Horace goes to his house.

What happens with Horace at the end ➦

But after 2 days from this incident police come to Horace house and arrest Horace and police give a reason for arrest this that you looted Shotover grange(Horace fingerprint found because he took off his gloves).

Horace was shocked and say I not looted Shotover grange house and the mistress of Shotover grange say Horace was wrong and lie.

Horace was arrest by police Horace say that this lady was a thief and she looted Shotover grange house with the help of Horace.

He gets very angry when anyone talks about ‘honor among thieves’.


About the Author 

Victor Canning is the author of A question of trust. Victor Canning was born on 16 June 1911 and died on 21 February 1986. He was a prolific writer of novels and thrillers. He writes more than 60 books and over 80 short stories. The film is made on the basis of his book.


A Question of Trust Summary
A Question of Trust Summary

7 ➵ Important lines from( a question of trust chapter)

  1. Horace Danby is a good, honest person. But he was not completely honest because every year he looted one safe for buying rare and expensive books.
  2. He chooses a house for robbery, and the house name is Shotover Grange.
  3. Shotover Grange safe has 15,000 pond cost of jewels.
  4. This lady took a cigarette from it, for making happy Horace took off his gloves and gave her his cigarette lighter.
  5. Horace give all jewels to the lady. And the lady takes these jewels and gone from the house.
  6. But after 2 days from this incident police come to Horace house and arrest Horace.
  7. Horace was arrest by police Horace say that this lady was a thief and she looted Shotover grange house with the help of Horace.

8 ➵ The important question for the Board Exam(from a question of trust chapter)

Question 1:- Horace Danby was a meticulous planner but still, he faltered. Where did he go wrong and why?

Answer:- There is no doubt that Horace Danby planned his robberies meticulously. He would study the house, the room plan, the wiring system, its paths, when servants went out, etc. He always took the right tools and put on his gloves so as not to leave any fingerprints. Because of his cautious moves, he had never been caught so far. This time also he had studied the house at Shotover Grange thoroughly, put on his gloves, and taken the right tools, yet he met his waterloo. He sneezed due to hay fever and attracted the so-called mistress of the house. The lady threatened to hand him over to the police. This scared him. To please the lady, he removed his gloves to light her cigarette and then opened the safe without wearing the gloves. He left his fingerprints on the safe and all over the room. This led to his arrest.

Question 2:- Why did Horace Danby remove his gloves? What was its result?

Answer:- The charming lady in the red who posed as the mistress of the house threatened Horace that she would hand him over to the police. Then she picked up a cigarette Horace Danby, to please the lady and win her favor, removed his gloves to light the cigarette of the lady. To please her further, he opened the safe for her, forgetting about the gloves. Thus, he left his fingerprint which resulted in his arrest.

Question 3:- Why was it not hard to open the safe for Horace Danby?

Answer:- It was not going to be hard to open the safe for Horace Danby. After all, he had lived with locks and safes all his life. He made locks himself with two helpers. The burglar alarm was poorly built and he cut the wires of the burglar alarm. He knew about the safe and the key, and it was not a difficult job for him to open it when no one was present in the house.

Question 4:- Why did Horace Danby prefer books to collect painting?

Answer:- Horace Danby had a passion for books. Collecting and buying rare and expensive books were his passionate hobby. He restored to robbing a safe every year to buy them. When the preference between collecting books and painting came, he chose the former. The painting took up too much space. In a small house like his, books were a better choice.

Question 5:- Write a character sketch of Horace Danby?

Answer:- Horace Danby was a good and respectable citizen. He was about fifty years old but he was unmarried. He was a locksmith. He was very successful in his business. Despite all these qualities, he was not completely honest. He had been to jail once. So he hated the thought of jail. He loved rare and expensive books. He broke a safe every year to have enough money to buy books. He was a careful burglar. He planned his work will. He was very careful while robbing a safe. He wore gloves and never left fingerprints on the scene of the crime. Since he was a locksmith so it was very easy for him to break any safe. Once he was duped by a young lady. That young lady, who pretended to be the owner’s wife, was also a thief. He gave all the jewels to the young lady and left his fingerprints all over the room. Thus, he was arrested and sent to prison. Now he did not like the thought of ‘honor among thieves’ anymore.

Question 6:- How did Horace Danby plan his robberies? [CBSE2012]

Answer:- DO YOURSELF.

Question 7:- How did flowers hinder Horace in his work? [CBSE 2013]

Answer:- Flowers hindered Horace in his work because he had hay fever, a disorder affecting the nose and throat, caused by allergy to pollen or dust. Due to this problem, whenever he came close to flowers, he began to sneeze’ and could be caught. He had to cover his face.

Question 8:- Why was Horace Danby sure that his robbery at Shotover Grange workable a successful one? [CBSE 2014]

Answer:- Horace Danby was sure that his robbery at Shotover Grange would be a successful one because he had studied the house, the drawing-room where the safe was kept, the wiring, and it’s garden. He had also studied the movement of the servants, so he had planned well, thus ensuring that nothing could go wrong.

Important question credit:- cbsesamplepapers.info


6 ➵ Simple question for you(from A question of trust chapter)

  1. Why does he steal every year?
  2. Who is the real culprit in the story?
  3. What was Danby’s ailment?
  4. What mistake Horace do during steal the safe?
  5. Do you think Horace Danby was unfairly punished, or that he deserved what he got?
  6. Who wrote A Question of trust?

I hope you like A Question of Trust Summary and also you can read the important questions for your CBSE board exam(above). And please share this article with your friends. And also you can comment below on what you want to improve in this article. THANK YOU FOR READING A QUESTION OF TRUST SUMMARY

by ranjan mishra

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