Birth

What impression do you form of Andrew Manson on the basis of the story, ‘Birth’?

Andrew Manson is a young man who has recently qualified as a doctor and started his medical practice as an assistant to Dr. Edward Page in the small Welsh mining town of Blaenelly. He is in love with Christine and thinks of marriage as an idyllic state. He is filled with love. His steady mind…

Compare and contrast Andrew’s emotional, mental and physical state at the beginning of the story and at the end.

In the beginning of the story, Andrew is physically tired and emotionally upset. He has just returned from a disappointing evening with Christine, the girl he loved. His thoughts are heavy and muddled. What he has witnessed at Cardiff station filled his mind with sadness. Though he thought of marriage a blissful state, he couldn’t…

Why does Andrew comment that he had done something ‘real at last’ in Blaenelly?

Having put the mother on the path of recovery, Andrew asked about the child. Taking it for a still child, the nurse had dumped it beneath the bed. Andrew pulled the child out. It was a perfectly formed boy. Its limp warm body was white and soft. Its head was hanging loosely on the thin…

Give a brief account of the efforts made by Andrew to revive the still born baby.

A shiver of horror passed over Andrew as he gazed the still form of the new born baby. Though it was a perfectly formed boy, its limp warm body was white. The whiteness meant lack of oxygen. Andrew only remembered the treatment given to such case in the Samaritan. He gave the child artificial respiration…

Why was Andrew Manson torn between two desires? How did he resolve this dilemma?

Andrew was a medical practitioner in a small mining town. One night he was attending a woman who was expecting her first child. After a long wait and an hour long hard struggle of Andrew, the woman gave birth to a still child. Andrew was in dilemma. When he gazed at the lifeless child, he…

Describe thoughts and feelings of Andrew Manson as he sat dozing by the kitchen fire?

Andrew Manson had recently come out of medical school and started his medical practice as an assistant to Dr. Edward Page in a small mining town. One night he was called to attend a woman who was expecting her first child. After examining the patient Andrew knew that there would be a period of waiting….

Why was Andrew Manson called? How did he react to the call of duty?

Andrew Manson had just begun his medical practice in the small Welsh mining town of Blaenelly. He was called in to attend to Susan Morgan, who was expecting her first child after being married for nearly twenty years. Her husband, Joe Morgan had been waiting for an hour outside the closed surgery. It was nearly…