Class 12 English VISTAS Chapter 7 EVANS TRIES AN O-LEVEL Notes, summary, Explanation

12 class VISTAS English Notes Chapter 7 EVANS TRIES AN O-LEVEL notes, Summary, Explanation, Difficult Words

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Class 12 English VISTAS Chapter 7 EVANS TRIES AN O-LEVEL Notes , Syllabus, Summary. Explanation, Difficult Words .

📚 Chapter 7 📚
💠 EVANS TRIES AN O-LEVEL 💠

❇️ Main Characters In This Story…..

  • James Roderick Evans: a prisoner
  • Secretary of the Examination Board: a higher official of the examination board
  • Governor: the governor of H.M. Prison, Oxford.
  • Mr. Jackson: a prison officer
  • Mr. Stephens: a prison officer
  • Reverend Stuart McLeery: an invigilator
  • Mr. Carter: a detective superintendent
  • Mr. Bell: a detective chief inspector

❇️ Introduction Of Chapter…..

🔹 In Evans Tries An O-level Colin Dexter Describes How All Attempts Of The Prison Officers And The Governor Failed To Stop The Evans From Escaping.

🔹 All Precautions Had Been Made. O-level German Exam Was Conducted In The Prison Cell Of Evans, But In Spite Of All This, It Was Evans Who Had The Last Laugh.

❇️ Explanation And Main summary…..

James Roderick Evans was a prisoner who had earlier escaped thrice from the prison, therefore titled ‘Evans the Break’. Now he was in the prison for the 4th time and all of a sudden developed curiosity to appear in O-level German Examination which also was an effort to break the prison.

He started night classes in O-Level German and Govt. arranged to examine Evans for O-Level in his prison cell. The Governor takes utmost care to see that he would not be fooled. Every care was taken to make Evans prepare for the exam. He was tutored by a German tutor for 6 months. The day before the exam the tutor wishes good luck but makes it clear that he had hardly any chance of getting through.’ But Evans gives an ironical twist to the tutor’s observation by saying “I may surprise everybody.

” On the day of the exam Jackson and Stephens visited Evans cell and took away everything that may help him injure himself. Evans was insisted to take away the hat but he refused saying that it was lucky charm. Evans cell was bugged so that the Governor could himself listen to each and every conversation in the cell.

The invigilator Rev. S. McLeery left his house at 8:45 am as the exam was to begin at 9:15 am. McLerry came, having a brown suitcase, semi-inflated rubber ring, needed for haemorrhoids too was searched and left him to complete the task. Stephen sitting outside the cell every now and then peeped into the cell.

The Exam Begins and Evans was asked to write index No., centre No, 313 and 271. At 9:40 a.m. Mc Leery asked for correction slip. Evans hardly understood anything, kept his pen between lips and staring towards the door. At 10:15 Evans requested for a blanket. The exam got over at 11:20. Stephen escorted the invigilator to the main gate and took a look into Evans cell and found the invigilator (actually Evans) wounded, informed the Governor. The latter was to be hospitalised but informed that he was alright and asked them to follow Evans.

Thus, he escaped the prison. When the invigilator was not found in the hospital they went to the residence of Rev. S. McLeery only to find him ‘bound and gagged in his study in Broad Street”. He has been there, since 8.15 a.m. Now everything was clear to the Governor. Evan escaped the prison the 4th time. But by taking the hint from the question paper the Governor reached the hotel where Evans was and captured him and came to know how he planned his escape and said that his game was over.

Evans surrenders himself to the Governor. The Governor tells Evan they would meet soon. The moment they are rid of the Governor, the so-called prison officer-a friend of Evans- unlocks the handcuffs and asks the driver to move fast and Evans tells him to turn to Newbury. Evans, thus, has the last laugh.

❇️ Short notes…..

🔹 Evans a kleptomaniac was imprisoned thrice and all the time escaped from the prison. Now he was in the prison for the 4th time and all of a sudden developed curiosity to appear in 0- level German Examination which also was an effort to break the prison.

🔹 The Governor takes utmost care to see that he would not be fooled. Every care was taken to make Evans prepare for the exam.

🔹 He was tutored by a German tutor for 6 months. The day before the exam the tutor wishes good luck but makes it clear that he had hardly any chance of getting through.’ But Evans gives an ironical twist to the tutor’s observation by saying “I may surprise everybody.”

🔹 On the day of the exam Jackson and Stephens visited Evans cell and took away everything that may help him injure himself. Evans was insisted to take away the hat but he refused saying that it was lucky charm.

🔹 Evans cell was bugged so that the Governor could himself listen to each and every conversation in the cell. The invigilator Rev. S. McLeery too was searched and left him to complete the task. Stephen sitting outside the cell every now and then peeped into the cell.

🔹 The exam went on smoothly. Stephen escorted the invigilator to the main gate and took a look into Evans cell and found the invigilator (actually Evans) wounded, informed the Governor. The latter was to be hospitalized but informed that he was alright and asked them to follow Evans. Thus he escaped the prison.

🔹 When the invigilator was not found in the hospital they went to the residence of Rev. S. McLeery only to find him ‘bound and gagged in his study in Broad Street”. He has been there, since 8.15 a.m. Now everything was clear to the Governor.

🔹 Evan escaped the prison the 4th time. But by taking the hint from the question paper the Governor reached the hotel where Evans was and captured him and came to know how he planned his escape and said that his game was over. Evans surrenders himself to theGovernor.

🔹 The Governor tells Evan they would meet soon.

🔹 The moment they are rid of the Governor, the so called prison officer-a friend of Evans unlocks the handcuffs and asks the driver to move fast and Evans tells him to turn to Newbury. Evans, thus, has the last laugh.

❇️ POINTS TO REMEMBER…..

🔶 Evans tries an O-Level

  • James Roderick Evans – a prisoner
  • earlier escaped thrice from the prison
  • therefore titled ‗Evans the Break‘
  • started night classes in O-Level German
  • Govt. arranged to examine Evans for O-Level in his prison cell
  • On the exam day he was given time to smarten up
  • Unshaven and having a filthy looking hat
  • refused to remove the cap that‘s lucky

🔶 Examination Arrangements

  • removal of razors and nail scissors
  • set tables opposite each other and placed two hard chairs in the cell
  • deputed Stephens on D-Wing and newly recruited to visit Evans‘ prison
  • invigilator Mc Leery left his house at 8:45 am as the exam was to begin at 9:15 am.
  • Mc Lerry came, having a brown suitcase, semi-inflated rubber ring, needed for haemorrhoids ?

🔶 The Exam Begins

  • asked Evans to write index No., centre No, 313 and 271
  • at 9:40 a.m. Mc Leery asked for correction slip
  • Evans hardly understood anything, kept his pen between lips and staring towards the door
  • at 10:15 Evans requested for a blanket
  • The exam got over at 11:20
  • Hearing the Governor‘s order at 11:22 a.m. accompanied McLeery to the prison gate
  • Stephens obeyed the orders
  • On the way asked Mcleery about Evans
  • McLeery‘s answer made him feel, his broader Scots accent, to be slimmer due to long black overcoat.

🔶 Evans Escapes

  • After seeing McLeery off, wanted to go for coffee, must take one last look at Evans
  • he saw McLeery sprawled in Evan‘s chair slipping the blanket and blood dripping through the beard.
  • instead of calling ambulance McLeery low moaned and asked for police to call
  • he knew where Evans was
  • opened the German Q. Paper and found a photocopied sheet carefully and cleverly super imposed over the last page of Q. Paper
  • instructions and the plan written in German as Make your way to Neugraben
  • Governor was furious, not made any call to see off McLeery at the prison gate
  • Governor wanted to know about the false beard, spectacles and other things
  • Later the Governor was puzzled Mcleery was not in the hospital
  • The ambulance sent to Elsfield to pick, Mc Leery but just vanished
  • after a quarter and half an hour they found McLeery bound and gagged
  • Now they understood it was not Evans impersonating as McLeery who had walked out but it was Evans, impersonating Mc Leery who stayed in

🔶 Final Escape

  • reached his hotel at Golden Lion
  • very happy for his successful plan
  • able to hide his closely cropped hair due to lucky hat
  • as he reached the reception, found the receptionist not the same girl
  • collected the keys, asked for early morning call at 6.45 am.
  • as entered the room, shocked to see the Governor sitting on the narrow bed
  • finally spoke that was the correction slip which he left behind, given the clue about
  • Index No. 313, Centre No. 271 the six figures 313271 got him there
  • Governor wanted to know where the blood came from, answered that was pig‘s blood in ring
  • told about his German friend, helped him
  • winked at the receptionist and get back
  • Handcuffed and clambered into the back seat of prison van, As he turned right, unlocked hand cuffs and asked to drive fast
  • on the driver‘s query, suggested Newbury

❇️ SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS…..

Q 1. What kind of a person was Evans ?

ANS. Evans was a young, clever prisoner. He had escaped thrice from the prison for which he was known ‘Evans the Break’. He was not a violent sort of a person. He was quite a pleasant person and was a star at the Christmas concert. He was a ‘Kleptomaniac’ and had broken jail thrice. He was a master planner and was very sociable. He knew how to keep intimate contacts with people. In the words of the Governor, he was a pleasant sort of chap with no record of violence.

Q 2. What were the precautions taken for the smooth conduct of the examination ?

ANS. For smooth conduct of examination various precautionary measures were taken. All sharp instruments like razor, nail scissors were removed.
The Governor, senior prison officer Jackson and officer Stephen were put on duty. Aspecial invigilator was arranged.
A microphone was fitted in the prison cell where the examination was to be conducted.

Q 3. How did the question paper and the correction slip help the prisoner and the governor ?

ANS. A photocopied sheet was very cleverly pasted on the question paper and the correction slip. It was to finalize the details of plan of escape and to make the authorities believe that the wounded man was Mcleery, the invigilator himself. On the other hand, these helped the governor to locate the place where Evans was hiding.

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