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Shreyas Seenivasan , asked a question
Subject: English , asked on 12/5/15

summary of the last lesson

Christopher , added an answer, on 18/3/13
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The Last Lesson

Franz didn’t want to go to school that day as his French teacher Mr Hamel was supposed to take the test for Participles and Franz was not prepared for it even he did not know the first word of participles. Franz was afraid of M Hamel’s ruler and being scolded.  Anyhow he decided to go to school. On the way he passed through the Town Hall and he noticed lots of people were gathered around notice board. Franz didn’t bother to stop and see the notice as he was well aware that this board had always been serving the bad news about the war. Blacksmith told him no need to hurry for school but Franz thought he was making fun of him.
On Reaching School he was surprised to see the changed environment, there was no noise as usual, no chanting sound of lesson  by students, it seemed to be a Sunday morning. All students were already in their class room. M Hamel was walking with his iron ruler under his arm. Franz was frightened  to enter in class as he thought that he would be scolded badly as he was very late but to his surprise, M Hamel did not say anything to him, rather he said to him very politely “Go to your place quickly little Franz, were beginning without you”.  After sitting on his seat Franz noticed that teacher was wearing his beautiful green coat, frilled shirt with a little black silk cap having embroidery on it, this type of dress usually he wore on function or prize ceremonies.  Franz noticed that the other villager including old Hauser, former Mayor and former post master were also present in class they were in the last seats. He could understand until finally M Hamel announced the notice which was served from Berlin that now onwards no French would be taught in schools of Alsace and Lorraine, only German would be taught in the schools of these two French cities and he requested students to be attentive for their last French lesson.  Franz now realized that what was there on notice board in Town Hall.
These words fell on Franz like a thunder clap. He couldn’t believe it would be his last lesson today. He didn’t learn, never paid attention to his French lesson, he hardly knew how to write it. He was repenting not to learn it on time, instead of studying he would go for other pleasant activities, his perspective about his books changed immediately, the books which used to seem him like burden now those books seem to him like an old friends which he could give up. Even his thoughts for his teacher M. Hamel changed thinking as he would never see him again as it was his last day, he forgot about this cranky nature and his cruel ruler. Now he realized that the teacher had wore this dress in honor of his last lesson. He also understood why older people were presented in class as they were repenting why they never worry to go to school and they were there to show their respect to their teacher, who served them for forty years.
When Franz’s name was called to recite the lesson, he made mistake and could even speak few words just opposite to his thinking teacher did not scold him rather he preached him that one should not waste his precious time just by live in impression that there is plenty of time and postponing the important things, how would they feel when someone will taunt on them that they were not able to speak or write the French despite of being Frenchmen. Teacher did not put all blame on him but he also blamed the parents who never bothered to send their children to school to study instead they put their children to work on farms and mill to earn extra money. Even he blamed himself that he often would send his pupils to water his plants instead of study at school and he would declare a holiday whenever he wanted to go to fishing.
Teacher further said about the French language that it was the most beautiful, clearest and most logical language of the world. People should stick with their language it may be proven to the key to their prison in case they are enslaved by some other country.  A magic had happened that day in class the students understood everything very clearly, because they were more attentive and teacher was more patient and polite on that day.
Finally with very heavy heart, M Hamel stood up he was very sad, he walked to the black board, took a chalk and wrote on it “Vive La France” which means “ Long Live France” .

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Annu Aggarwal , added an answer, on 21/4/13
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 it was copied from another site by p. k. rohira

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Sibani , added an answer, on 2/12/14
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it was written that german would be taught in the schools of alsaceand lorainefrom the next day instead of their mothertongue,french
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Urvashi Morey , added an answer, on 11/7/14
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why did franz fear to go to the school?

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Vixen I , added an answer, on 18/6/13
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@annu aggarwai: So what, dumbass?Who cares where the answer is copied from?We just need an answer to the said question! Screw you,big time!O.o

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Sindhu Ravishankar , added an answer, on 6/6/14
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are u an idioot, annu aggarwai? :p

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Rujuta , added an answer, on 13/7/14
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what do you think what was written on bulletin board?

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Prince Vishu... , added an answer, on 12/5/15
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Title plzzz....
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Sindhu Ravishankar , added an answer, on 6/6/14
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heyyyyyyyy :)

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Maitreyi Haldar , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 13/5/15
The Last Lesson is part of Class 12th syllabus. We only provide information of grade-specific syllabus as prescribed by CBSE. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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Nadia Tohid , added an answer, on 23/11/11
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 The prose 'The last lesson' written by Alphonse Daudet narrates about the year 1870  when the Prussian forces under Bismarck attacked and captured France. The French districts of Alsace and Lorraine went into Prussian hands. The new Prussian rulers discontinued the teaching of French in the schools of these two districts. The French teachers were asked to leave. The story describes the last day of one such French, M. Hamel. Mr M. Hamel had been transferred and could no longer remain in his old school. Still he gave last lesson to his students with utmost devotion and sincerity as ever. The story depicts the pathos of the whole situation about how people feel when they don’t learn their own language and then losing an asset in M. Hamel.

One of his students Franz who dreaded French class and M. Hamel's iron rod, came to the school that day thinking he would be punished as he had not learnt his lesson. But on reaching school he found Hamel dressed in Sunday’s clothes and all the old people of the village sitting there. It was due to an order on the bulletin board. That was the first day when he realised for the first time that how important French was for him, but it was his LAST LESSON in French.

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