Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 1x3=3
I’ve been hoping for it for a long time. It’s been my continual desire. [Sheds a tear] And I’ve always loved you, my angel, as if you were my own son. May God give you both — His help and His love and so on, and so much hope...
(a) Who is the speaker here ? Who is he talking to ?
(b) Why does the speaker shed a tear ?
(c) Which word in the passage is opposite in meaning to ‘despair’ ?

a) The speaker is Chubukov and he is talking to Natalia and  Lomov.
b) The speaker is happy that his daughter and his neighbour are going to get married and hence e sheds a tear of happiness.
c) The opposite of 'despair' is 'hope'

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