Fire and Water
Shundagarh is a village on India’s east-facing coast. It is a village of simple mud and grass houses built on the beach just above the water-line. The Khadra Hills rise immediately behind the village, to a height of one hundred and fifty meters. A simple, good-hearted old man, whose name was Jalpur, farmed two small fields on the very edge of these hills, overlooking Shundagarh. From his fields he could see the fishing-boats that travelled up and down the coast. He could see the children playing on the sand; their mothers washing clothes on the flat stones where the Shiva River flowed into the sea; and their fathers landing the latest catch or repairing nets and telling stories that had no end.
All Jalpur owned in the world were the clothes he wore day in and day out, the miserable hut that
A. men fishing and mothers and fathers playing with their children
B. fishermen mending their nets and washing them on flat stones
C. men fishing in the Shiva River and telling endless stories
D. men fishing, women washing and children playing