Chapter 8 Mijbil the Otter

Mijbil the Otter by Gavin Maxwell is a lesson which moves around the experiences of the author after he pets an otter and gives the name Mijbil to him. It begins when the writer is travelling to a place called Basra, along with his friend. At one point, the author showed his interest to pet an otter. The author lost his pet dog and felt alone ever since the dog passed away. Therefore, he decided to pet an otter. His friend suggested he get an otter from the marshes. When they arrived at the destination, they discovered nothing else, only a letter from the friend’s mail. But the author still waited for the mail. When he received it, he went to the room only to find an otter packed. The otter has been sent to him with the help of the Arabs along with a message. The author names the otter as Mijbil and calls him Mij with love.

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Exercise 1 ( Page No. : 106 )

Exercise 2 ( Page No. : 108 )

  • Q1 How was Mij to be transported to England?

    After the refusal of the British Airways to take a pet on it's flight, they insisted Mijbil should be packed in a box and placed near his feet on the floor.Then Maxwell booked flights from Paris and transported to England in this way.

    Q2 What did Mij do to the box?

    The author packed Mij in the box which is of a metal sheet. Mij felt uncomfortable in the box and tried to escape. In this attempt, Mij got severely injured.

    Q3 Why did Maxwell put the otter back in the box? How do you think he felt when he did this?

    As there was no other option to carry Mij to London, Maxwell put it in the box again. Otter hurt himself in the box which made Maxwell feel pity for the otter and after that he was worried about him.

    Q4 Why does Maxwell say the airhostess was “the very queen of her kind”?

    The airhostess was very generous and sympathetic in nature . After listening to the whole story of Maxwell, she understood how he might be feeling and then suggested that he take the otter out of the box. This is because Maxwell referred to her as “the very queen of her kind”.

    Q5 What happened when the box was opened?

    As soon as the box was opened by Maxwell, Mij ran out and jumped here and there in the flight which scared the passengers. Due to all this, chaos was created in the flight.

Exercise 3 ( Page No. : 110 )

  • Q1 What game had Mij invented?

    Mij invented a game of playing with the ping pong ball which damaged  the author’s suitcase. He would put it on a height and then he would run to catch it as it slided at the lower side.

    Q2 What are ‘compulsive habits’? What does Maxwell say are the compulsive habits of (i) school children (ii) Mij?

    Compulsive habits are defined as a persistent or strange act which leads to an actual reward or pleasure.Usually compulsive behaviour of children is full of mischievous and naughtiness of childhood.

    (i). As per this story, children should  place their feet squarely on the centre of each paving block and pass to the outside of every second lamp post.

    (ii). Mijbil would tug Maxwell when he was on its way home, jump over the boundary wall railing and run at full speed throughout its length.

    Q3 What group of animals do otters belong to?

    Otters generally belong to a comparatively small group of animals called Mustellines such as mongoose, stoat, mink and others.

    Q4 What guesses did the Londoners make about what Mij was?

    According to Maxwell, otters are not found in England therefore Londoners made the funniest and wildest  possible guesses about Mij. Their guesses ranged from a baby seal, a squirrel, a hippo to a brontosaurus.

Exercise 4 ( Page No. : 110 )

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