The Bond of Love by Kenneth Anderson

In this post, we will go over the summary of and discuss some questions about The Bond of Love by Kenneth Anderson.

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Summary of The Bond of Love

The Bond of Love is a beautiful short story written by Kenneth Anderson. The storey is about an emotional bond of love between a sloth bear and the author’s wife. The author was travelling through the sugarcane fields near Mysore with his friends. Suddenly a black sloth bear approached out of nowhere. So the author’s companion shot her on the spot. Then they observed a baby bear making a mournful moan around the dead mother. The author put the young bear in a gunny bag, carried it to Bangalore, and presented it to his wife. She was happy and called it Bruno. Bruno soon became a member of the home. He became particularly devoted to the Alsatian dogs and the children of the tenants living in the home. He was left free in his earlier days and spent most of his time playing, jogging, sleeping, eating and drinking. As the months dragged on, Bruno grew bigger and bigger. But he was just as cheeky and playful. The author’s wife enthusiastically began to nickname him Baba, a Hindustani phrase denoting ‘small boy’.

When he got too big to be kept at home, the author, his son, and friends persuaded his wife to send Baba to the zoo in Mysore. She agreed, very grudgingly. Friends visiting Mysore went to see Baba in the zoo. They stated that he looked very skinny and depressed. After three months, the author’s wife visited Baba. He recognised her immediately and howled with glee. When it was time to depart, she grieved severely and implored the curator of the zoo to send Baba back to her. The curator said she had to speak to the superintendent on this matter. She succeeded to convince the superintendent and thus he consented to give Baba back. A unique island was constructed for Baba in the author’s compound. It was enclosed by a dry pit. Then coolies lifted the cage onto the island and Baba was released. The wife would land on the island by swinging on a rope which was fastened to the branch of a mango tree. The sloth bear and the author’s wife were thrilled to be reunited.

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SHORT QUESTIONS

Q: Who was Bruno and how it was caught?
Answer: Bruno was a sloth bear. Once the author and his friends were passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore. Bruno’s mother was shot during the village shooting. The author saved Bruno from the sugarcane field and put it in a gunny bag.

Q: Bruno once got paralysis. Why? How was he treated?
Answer: The author kept barium carbonate in this library to kill mice. It was a poisonous chemical. Bruno ate some of it and was paralysed. The writer called a vet who gave it two injections of an antidote. Bruno could stand on his legs again after 30 minutes.

Q: How did Bruno become attached to the family of the author?
Answer: Bruno got a lot of love in the family of the author. It slowly got attached to two Alsatian dogs and to all the children of the tenants. It used to play and also enter kitchen. It is used to sleep in the beds.

Q: Why was it decided to send Bruno away?
Answer: After a few months Bruno had grown very huge. He was getting too big to be kept at home. Moreover, it was dangerous for the children of tenants. So it was decided that he should be sent away to the zoo.

THE TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS

Q: “I got him for her by accident.”
(a) Who says this?
Answer: – The author says this to his wife.
(b) Who do ‘him’ and ‘her’ refer to?
Answer: – ‘Him’ refer to the baby bear and ‘her’ refer to the author’s wife.
(c) What is the incident referred to here?
Answer: – The incident of shooting wild pigs from the fields is being referred here.

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Q: “He stood on his head in delight.
(a) Who does ‘he’ refer to?
Answer: – He refers to Bruno.
(b) Why was he delighted?
Answer: – He was delighted to see his mistress.

Q: “We all missed him greatly: but in a sense we were relieved.”
(a) Who does ‘we all’ stand for?
Answer: – We all stand for the author and his family.
(b) Who did they miss?
Answer:- They missed Bruno, the bear.
(c) Why did they nevertheless feel relieved?
Answer:- They felt relieved because there was no more danger of the bear in the house.

Q: On two occasions Bruno ate/drank something that should not be eaten/ drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?
Answer: Once Bruno ate the rat poison which was kept to get rid of rats from the library. Bruno became paralysed to the extent that he couldn’t stand on his feet. He was taken to a veterinary doctor for treatment. Finally, the antidote worked and Bruno could spring to life once again. Next time Bruno drank the discarded engine oil which was kept in the garage. Luckily nothing happened to him after drinking the mobil oil.

Q: Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?
Answer: Bruno had become too big to be kept in the household. He had to be chained for children’s safety. Being a wild animal it needed lots of space which was not available in the author’s household. They thought that it will be taken care of in a better way by trained personnel at a zoo. So they decided to send it away to the zoo.

Q: How was the problem of what to do with Bruno finally solved?
Answer: As Bruno was not feeling happy after getting separated from its foster family and was getting weak as a result, the author’s wife went to meet Bruno. After seeing Bruno’s pitiful condition they decided to bring it back to their home. They built a special cordoned area for Bruno with all the facilities befitting a playful bear. And finally, Bruno was back to its home.

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Q: ‘Love is mutual’. Illustrate with reference to “The Bond of Love”? OR

Discuss the message or the moral of the story.
Answer: “The Bond of Love” is a story of emotional bonding between a woman and a bear. The author’s wife had a pet bear called Bruno. She loved him deeply. She put a coloured ribbon around his neck. She cooked a variety of dishes for him. He also performed many playful tricks which give pleasure to her. They enjoyed each other’s company. When the bear grew big, he was dangerous for the children in the house. The author decided to send him to the zoo. His departure was very painful for the author’s wife. Finally, she asked her husband to visit Baba in the zoo. They both felt relieved at the meeting. They spend many hours together. So we can say “Love is Mutual’.

Q: Why was Bruno sent away to the Zoo and why was he brought back?
Answer: The bear, Bruno, was very dear to the author’s wife. They spent many hours together and love each others company. But when he had grown very big and heavy, he was dangerous. He was very playful and mischievous. There were small children of the tenants’ family. So they had to chain him most of the time. The author felt that he was depriving Bruno of his natural freedom. So he decided to send him to a zoo. But his wife could not bear his separation. The author consoled her for three months, but at last, he took her to the zoo. On seeing her Baba howled with happiness. They spend many hours together. She wanted to take him back to home. She requested the superintendent who allowed her.

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