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Who was Miss Mebbin? Was she really devoted to Mrs. Packletide? How did she behave during the tiger shooting? Miss Mebbin was a paid companion. Mrs. Packletide had acquired her so that she could witness the shooting of the tiger. She was very materialistic. She didn’t want to do more than she was paid for. In fact she also instigated Mrs. Packletide not to pay for the goat if the tiger did not eat it. She was not at all devoted to Mrs. Packletide. She was there only for the money.

Mrs. Packletide was a good shot. Discuss.
Mrs.Packletide was definitely a good shot. She did manage to shoot an animal although it was only the goat. The tiger merely died of a heart-failure caused by the sound of the gun shot.

What comment did Miss Mebbin make after Mrs Packletide had fired the shot?Why did Miss Mebbin make this comment? How did Mrs Packletide react to this comment? Miss Mebbin brought to everybody’s notice that Mrs.Packletide had not killed the tiger but the goat. The tiger died because of a heart-failure caused by the sound of the gun shot. Miss Mebbin intended to blackmail Mrs. Packletide with this piece of information. She wanted to take more money from her. Mrs. Packletide was very annoyed at this disclosure. However, she told herself that Miss Mebbin was only a paid companion who would keep the secret to herself if given more money.

How did the villagers react to the tiger's death?
The villagers were only bothered for their thousand rupees. They did not pay any heed to Miss Mebbin’s revelation that Mrs. Packletide had not killed a tiger but a goat. They readily believed that Mrs. Packletide had shot the beast lest they lose their money.

Do you think Mrs. Packletide was able to achieve her heart's desire? Give reasons for your answer. At the very beginning of the story it is made clear that Mrs. Packletide had made up her mind to shoot a tiger and get her pictures published in newspapers to show off to Loona Bimberton. She managed to shoot an animal,...
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