Franz unwilling to attend Mr. Hamel’s Class: Mar Franz was not among the bright students in his class particularly in the class of French language. Mr. Hamel, the teacher was going to ask questions on Participles and he knew little about them. Moreover the beautiful natural scenes around there tempted him to bunk the class. Moreover it was bright sunshine, the birds were chirping, the Prussian soldiers were drilling in the open.
Crowd in front of the bulletin board: It was the usual sight in front of the bulletin board at the Town Hall. People would come there to know about the updates of the war and their fate. On that day it was more shocking for the villagers as German language was imposed to be taught in their schools in place of their mother language.
A Sunday morning atmosphere in the school: It was an unusual atmosphere in the school. Instead of great hustle and bustle, opening and closing of the desks and the sound of students repeating the lessons in unison, and the usual rapping of teacher’s ruler, there was a Sunday morning silence. Franz had thought to take the cover of these actions to enter the class without being noticed.
Mr. Hamel welcomed Franz: But to his surprise he found the class busy. The teacher was in his best dress. He was wearing a beautiful green coat and a frilled shirt. He had a little black silk cap. He would never wear it except on inspection or prize days. In the back of the class village people were sitting on the back benches as quiet as the children. They included old Hauser, the former Mayer, the former postmaster and many others. Hauser had brought a primer with him. Mr. Hamel welcomed Mr. Franz in the class just saying “Go to your place quickly, a little Franz. We were beginning without you.”
The last lesson: In the class Mr. Hamel asked Franz to recite the rules for Participles.” but Franz got mixed with the words. But to his surprise Mr. Hamel did not scold him. He just said it is a bad habit to say ‘I’ll learn it tomorrow.’ Mr. Hamel blamed Franz’s parents as they were more interested to put him to some work and thus have a little more money. He blamed himself too as he often sent him to water his flowers instead of teaching and for giving him holidays on the pretext of going for fishing.
Mr. Hamel gave his last lesson on grammar. It seemed that he wanted to put everything about the language in the minds of the people in one stoke. Mr. Hamel had brought new copies. It was pin drop silence except the cooing of the pigeon. Mr. Hamel mocked the Prussian emotionally saying “will they make them sing in German, even the pigeons.”
Franz’s regret: when Mr. Hamel announced that it was his last French lesson, it was like a thunderclap. He found himself regretting for not learning his lessons. His books always seemed to him a nuisance. He wanted to learn but the teacher was going away forever. But to his surprise he was able to understand everything about the lesson taught on that day. He started liking Mr. Hamel he forgot about his ruler and crankiness. He realized that he had never listened carefully and that the teacher had never explained everything with so much patience. He wanted to stop him but he could not do so. It was too late to make thing lovable again.
Emotional farewell: Mr. Hamel had deep love for French in his heart. He was annoyed at the people to be called Frenchmen while they did not know how to read and write French. He called it most beautiful and logical language in the world. He asked the people to guard it in their hearts as he thought “long as the enslaved people held fast to their language, it was as if they had the key to their prison. Just then the church bell struck twelve. With a chocked throat Mr. Hamel wrote ‘long Live Franc!’ on the black board. He made a gesture with his hand: “school is dismissed-you may go.”
Mr. Hamel-A conventional and cranky school teacher
Mr. Hamel has all the good and bad qualities of a conventional teacher. He loves to be strict and disciplined. He always keeps his terrible ruler under his arm. He wanted his students to be punctual and follow the usual school norms. He asks the students to learn their lesson with heart. He does not encourage a weak student but rather he gives him holidays on the pretext of going for fishing. He loves to be admired and appreciated as he wears best of his dresses on inspection days.
An emotional and patriot Frenchman: as he comes to know the German has ordered to stop teaching French he becomes sentimental. He wants to make his last lesson unforgettable. He puts on his best dress and hat. He does not scold any one and not even to Franz. He feels sorry for the village people as they did not know how to read and write their mother language. He exhort them to guard it in their hearts as he thought “as long as the enslaved people held fast to their language, it were as if they had the key to their prison.” Just then the church bell struck twelve. With a chocked throat Mr. Hamel wrote ‘long Live France!’ on the black board. He made a gesture with his hand: “school is dismissed-you may go.”
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