SEBA Class 10 English Question Answer|Chapter-3| Footprint without Feet

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SEBA Class 10 English Question Answer|Chapter-3| Footprint without Feet

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About the author-H. G. Wells

Often dubbed as the Father of modern science fiction, H. G. Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Kent, England. He was a gifted child and had learnt to read by the age of five. At the age of seven, after an accident left him incapacitated, he read Wood’s Natural History, The Bible and The Pilgrims Progress, all during his period of recuperation. Wells began his formal education at Commercial Academy for Young Gentleman but moved away to graduate with biology in 1888.

Wells wrote his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895, and it turned out to be highly successful. Wells continued to write over the years and produced many short stories, fiction and non-fiction essays in his lifetime but his most famous novel was The War of the Worlds. Herbert George Wells died in 1946.


Written by H.G. Wells, the story Footprints without Feet is loosely based on a science fiction theme.

It narrates the story of a genius but evil scientist who stumbles upon a formula which helps him attain invisibility. But aided by this power, the scientist, Griffin, goes on a crime spree, seeking payback on his landlord and attacking strangers who crossed his path. Twice he gets close to being apprehended for his crimes but escapes by getting rid of his clothes which renders him invisible to his chasers.


1. How did the invisible man first become visible? 

Ans. The invisible man first became visible not as himself but by the footprints he left behind when he walked after stepping into some mud. He became fully visible when he dressed himself by stealing clothes at a store.

2. Why was he wandering the streets?

Ans. The invisible man, Griffin, a lawless man, was wandering the streets because he had set fire to his house to get back at the landlord who wanted to throw him out. He then had to remove his clothes to become invisible and get away without being seen. Thus he ended up a homeless wanderer.

3. Why does Mrs Hall find the scientist eccentric? 

Ans. Mrs Hall found the scientist. eccentric because he had an uncommon appearance and wanted nothing more than to be left alone.

4. What curious episode occurs in the study?

Ans. The clergyman and his wife woke up one morning to sounds coming from the study. When they went in to inspect, they found the room as empty as scratch. This was strange because they had heard sounds which indicated that someone was in the study, taking money from the clergyman’s drawer. They searched all over the room, but found no-one. Yet the desk had been opened, and the money taken.

5. What other extraordinary things happen at the inn? 

Ans. The burglary at the clergyman’s house was followed by strange happenings at the inn. The landlord and his wife woke up to find the scientist missing and his door ajar. When they went inside the room to investigate, the furniture suddenly turned towards them and chased them out of the room. This strange incident led Mrs Hall to conclude that the scientist had caused the furniture to be possessed by spirits.

Textual exercises

1.”Griffin was rather a lawless person.” Comment.

Ans. On many occasions Griffin broke the law and that too without any good reason. The first thing he did after attaining the quality of invisibility was to get back at his landlord, for wanting to evict him, by burning down his house. He then broke into a departmental and a theatrical store to steal clothes and items of disguise to cover his face. He also attacked the shopkeeper and robbed him of his money. Griffin stole the clergyman’s housekeeping money at Iping, and threatened him and his wife by throwing furniture around. Thus Griffin was indeed a lawless person who took advantage of his invisibility and added to his list of crimes everyday.

2. How would you assess Griffin as a scientist? 

Ans. Griffin was a brilliant scientist. He had believed that man could make himself invisible and carried out numerous experiments until he did finally succeed, which goes to show that he was very intelligent.

1. Would you like to become invisible? What advantages and disadvantages do you foresee, if you did?

Ans. (Example given, but students should try and formulate their own ideas.) Yes, I would like to become invisible, but only if it were reversible; something like wearing a cloak and taking it off when I want to be visible again. I would use the power of invisibility to fight crime and terrorism. However ferocious a person may become, the fear of ghosts is deeply embedded in most. Making myself invisible would help me put fear in the minds of those people who terrorise innocents. I would be able to locate their hideouts and inform the police. Being invisible would also help me uncover those people who cheat others just to make money; like people adulterating food, medicines, selling drugs, etc.

 Being invisible would also have its disadvantages. For one, I would be invisible to not only those I would like to apprehend  but also to my friends and the police. If I wanted to gather any information it would be difficult to communicate with strangers because they too would take me to be a spirit and get scared. I would also be more prone to accidents, as people might bang into me or vehicles may hit me, as they would not be able to see me. Hence I would have to have eyes all around me, to keep myself safe.

2. Are there forces around us that are invisible, for example, magnetism? Are there aspects of matter that are ‘invisible’ or not visible to the naked eye? What would the world be like if you could see such forces or such aspects of matter? 

Ans. Yes, there are forces around us that are invisible. Magnetism,gravity, wind, heat, etc. are all invisible forces. Yes, there are aspects of matter that are invisible to the naked eye. For example, we know that air is there around us but we cannot see it or the atoms that constitute it. Similarly there are millions of microscopic organisms that are invisible to the naked eye and have to be viewed with special instruments.If we were able to see all these forces and aspects of matter, I guess it would be impossible to have a vision beyond one foot or even less as seeing all the bacteria and other microscopic organisms around us would blur our vision. We would feel suffocated at being surrounded by them all the time. Being able to view the forces would make us tenser.

3. What makes glass or water transparent (what is the scientific explanation for this)? Do you think it would be scientifically possible for a man to become invisible, or transparent? (Keep in mind that writers of science fiction have often turned out to be prophetic in their imagination!)

Ans. The way light behaves when passing through glass or water makes the medium appear transparent.

 Yes, I think it is scientifically possible for a man to become invisible or transparent because the way we see things depends upon the properties of the object and light itself. So, if light car is made to pass through man, he can become invisible to others.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did the scientist first become invisible?

Ans. The scientist swallowed certain rare drugs, which rendered his body as transparent as glass, and so made him invisible.

2. Why were the two boys bewildered on seeing the footprints?

Ans. The two boys were bewildered on seeing the footprints because they seemed to be appearing out of thin air.

3. What was the explanation behind the footprints the boys saw?

Ans. The footprints that the boys saw actually belonged to a brilliant scientist who had managed to make himself invisible by swallowing some rare drugs. Because his feet were muddy, he was leaving behind footprints of mud.

4.Cite two incidents from the text which show that Griffin was a lawless person.

Ans. Two incidents which show that Griffin was a lawless person are: Firstly, when his landlord tried to throw him out of his premises he set the house on fire, and secondly he attacked a shopkeeper of a store in London and robbed him of all his money.

5. How did Griffin try to keep himself warm? 

Ans. In an attempt to keep himself warm, Griffin entered a big London store and after it had shut down for the night, he broke open boxes and wrappers, and fitted himself with warm clothes.

6. Did the assistants of the departmental store he had stolen clothes from manage to catch Griffin? Why/Why not?

Ans. No, the assistants of the store could not catch Griffin. When the assistants gave chase, Griffin took off his clothes and became invisible before they could apprehend him.

7. Why was it surprising to the landlord and his wife that Griffin’s door was open?

Ans. The landlord and his wife were surprised to see Griffin’s door open because it was usually shut and locked, and Griffin would be furious if anyone entered the room

8. Describe the extraordinary occurrences that the landlord and his wife witnessed when they entered Griffin’s room. 

Ans. The landlord Mr Hall, and his wife were tempted by Griffin’s open door to peek into his room and began to investigate around. Suddenly Mrs Hall heard a sniff close to her ear though she could see no one. Then the hat on the bedpost jumped up on its own and hit her on the face. This was followed by the chair leaping up and hitting out at her with its legs. It then pushed both of them out of the room and apparently slammed the door shut and even locked it!

9.Why did the villagers send for the constable?

 Ans. When a chair attacked the inn-landlord and his wife in the scientist’s room, everyone felt that witchcraft was responsible for it. However, when the housekeeping money went missing from the clergyman’s house, they began to feel that the mysterious scientist had something to do with it. Especially when the scientist who until a few days before had no money, suddenly produced ready cash, everyone began to suspect him of the theft. The villagers then sent for the constable.

10. What was odd about the criminal who awaited the constable when he arrived to arrest him? What was the constable’s reaction?

Ans. Mr Jaffers, the constable, had been sent to arrest the scientist. However when he arrived he saw that his criminal was a man without a head. Though taken quite by surprise at this odd appearance, he knew he had to do his duty, and so went ahead to try and arrest the headless man.

11. How did Griffin manage to evade arrest by the constable and those who tried to help him? What happened to them? 

Ans. Griffin managed to evade arrest by running away and taking off his clothes one by one while being chased. This rendered him invisible bit by bit, until he was totally gone to those chasing him. Once invisible Griffin began to attack his chasers. Thus the people who were helping the constable received blows which seemed to come from nowhere, and the constable Jaffers was knocked unconscious when he made a last attempt to grab the invisible criminal.

12. Give a brief character sketch of Griffin.

Ans. Griffin was a very intelligent scientist. He was capable of perseverance to achieve his goal. Unfortunately, he was one who used his intelligence for unlawful activities. He had a criminal mind, and instead of using his marvelous invention of invisibility for man’s good, he used it for his own personal misdoings. Rather than look into his own faults, he chose to take revenge on those who were rude to him. Besides being a thief, he was uncivil, ill mannered, eccentric and had an irritable temper. He was mean by nature using his invisibility to attack people when there was no need to do so.

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Reference to the Context:

1. “He had chosen a bad time of the year to wander about London without clothes.” 

(i) Who is the ‘he’ referred to here?

Ans. Griffin. 

(ii) Why was it a bad time to wander in London without clothes? 

Ans. It was a ‘bad time to wander in London without clothes because it was the middle of winter and the air was bitterly cold. 

(iii) Why was he without clothes?

Ans. Griffin sa scientist who had discovered how to make was himself transparent and thus invisible. He had consumed some rare drugs which rendered him invisible. He then set fire to his landlord’s house to get back at him. To make good his escape he removed all his clothes so that he could not be seen.

2. “When he saw a couple of them approaching, he panicked and began to run.” 

(i) Identify the ‘he’ and ‘them’ mentioned in the quoted sentence.

Ans. ‘He’ refers to Griffin while ‘them’ refers to the shopping assistants of the departmental store that Griffin had robbed. They had come in for duty and had seen Griffin running from inside the store.

(ii) Why did ‘he’ panic and run? 

Ans. Griffin, taking advantage of his invisibility, had sneaked into the store and after closing time had helped himself to free food and clothes. But the next day, he failed to wake up before the shopping assistants arrived. Thus when he saw them, Griffin panicked and started running in a bid to escape before they could catch him.

(iii) Were they able to catch him? Why? 

Ans. They were not able to catch him. Griffin had made his body invisible and he was visible to the assistants only because of the clothes he was wearing. When chased by them, he removed all the clothes that he had stolen from the store, and so became invisible again, making it impossible for the assistants to see him and catch him.

3. “As they gazed, a remarkable sight met their eyes.” 

(i) Who is the ‘they’ referred to here?

Ans. They refers to the two boys, who were wandering in the streets of London. 

(ii) What was the remarkable sight they saw? How was it possible? 

Ans. The two boys saw footprints appearing out of nowhere in front of them. It was possible because the footprints belonged to Griffin, a lawless scientist, who had found a way to make himself invisible. Because his feet were muddy he was leaving behind footprints, though he himself was not seen.

4. “Mrs Hall was prepared to excuse his strange habits and irritable temper.”

(i) Who was Mrs Hall?

Ans. Mrs Hall was the wife of the inn-keeper at Iping, the village where Griffin took shelter after fleeing from London.

(ii) Whose irritable habits are being referred to here?

Ans. Griffin’s irritable habits are referred to. 

(iii) Why did Mrs Hall excuse his strange habits?

Ans. Mrs Hall excused his strange habits because he was a guest at her inn and had paid her in advance. 

5. “Suddenly he threw off bandages, whiskers, spectacles, and even nose.” 

(i) Who is ‘he’ in the above line?

Ans. Griffin.

(ii) Why did he throw off his bandages, whiskers and spectacles?

Ans. When confronted by the villagers of Iping and questioned by Mrs Hall about his eccentric behavior, Griffin lost his cool and decided to show the villagers who he really was. Thus he took off his bandages, whiskers and spectacles to show them his invisible self.

(iii) How did he manage to throw his nose? 

Ans. Griffin managed to throw off his nose because it was not a real one but rather a prop he had stolen from a threatrical shop.

6. “This time he decided to try the stock of a theatrical company in the hope of finding not only clothes but also something that would hide the empty space above his shoulders.”

(i) Who is referred to here? 

Ans. Griffin, the scientist, is referred to here

(ii) The sentence says “This time….” What had he done the previous time?

Ans. The previous time he had entered a big London store and stolen warm clothes including an overcoat, shoes and a wide-brimmed hat. He had also entered the restaurant and helped himself to their coffee and meat, and then he had stolen sweets and wine from the grocery store. Finally, he had slept on a pile of quilts.

(iii) What does he mean by the ’empty space above his shoulders’? 

Ans. Griffin has become invisible by swallowing certain rare drugs. Once he would dress himself he would become visible by virtue of the clothes he was wearing, but his face would still remain invisible and thus the area above his shoulders would appear like an empty space.

(iv) Does he find such a store and how does he hide the empty space above his shoulders? 

Ans. Yes, he does find a suitable shop and covers his face with bandages around his forehead, dark glasses, a false nose, big bushy side-whiskers, and a large hat.

 Multiple Choice Questions:

1. The invisible man was named__________

  1.  Griffin
  2. Iping
  3. Lutkins
  4. Henry

Ans. (a) Griffin

2. Griffin was.__________

  1.  a clergyman
  2. an inn keeper
  3. a brilliant but lawless scientist
  4. a young boy

Ans. (c) a brilliant but lawless scientist

3.When his money ran out, Griffin ________

  1. attacked his landlord
  2. pretended he was expecting a cheque
  3. robbed the constable
  4. told the inn keeper that he had no money.

Ans. (b) pretended he was expecting a cheque

4. Griffin stole money from________

  1. his landlord 
  2. the inn keeper
  3. the policeman
  4. the clergyman

Ans. (d) the clergyman

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