2nd Year English: Mr. Chips Summary – Chapter wise

12th English 3: Mr. Chips Novel

Mr. Chips Summary


  • Mr. Chips was a retired school master.
  • He lived at Mrs. Wickett’s for more than a decade after retirement.
  • He was given to day-dreaming.
  • He was born in 1848.
  • He was a child just beginning to walk when he was taken to great exhibition.
  • He could remember Wetherby’s time.
  • He was twenty two years old, when he came to Brookfield.
  • He had served for a year at Melbury before this.
  • He could remember the day of his preliminary interview with Mr. Wetherby and his advice.
  • He could not forget his first tremendous ordeal of taking the class.
  • He was never below par despite his growing old age.


  • Brookfield was an old foundation.
  • In the region of Elizabeth at was established as a Grammar school.
  • Its main structure was re-built in the region of George First.
  • Wetherby, a headmaster, came in 1840.
  • He restored its position. But in later history it remained an ordinary school.
  • It accepted Mr. Chips an ordinary teacher, because it was a school of no repute.
  • Mr. Chips was an ambitious man in his youth.
  • He realized later on that he could not be a headmaster else-where.
  • He settled himself that till he was retired and given pension.
  • He went across the road to live at Mrs. Wickett’s.


  • He was a small but very comfortable and airy room at Mrs. Wickett’s.
  • He liked it, though the house itself was ugly, because from her he could contract with the school.
  • He entertained the boys as well as master with tea and cakes.
  • He dismissed them punctually at five after the session has lasted for an hour.
  • He was leading a pleasant, placid life with no worries.
  • He was furnished simply and with school masterly taste.
  • His books of study were, classical, of history, bells-letters and cheap editions of detective novels.
  • He was not a very profound scholar despite his long years of teaching.
  • So Chips, an old man white haired and only, little bald, lived there luxuriating in reading, talking, receiving callers busying himself with corrections for the next edition of Brookfield Directory.
  • For his callers he was an eccentric man, very fussy about mixing the tea—-a typical bachelor.


  • Chips married in 1896.
  • During the summer vacations he went up to the Lake District with his colleague, Rowden.
  • Rowden went home after a week and Chips stayed alone at Wasdale Head.
  • One day he saw a girl on Great Gable signaling to her friend farther down the mountain.
  • He thought she was involved in difficulties. He hastened to help her and in doing so he wrenched his ankle.
  • She helped him. Chips  was ill at ease, because he was conservative.
  • He disliked modern women.
  • She had modern views about women, politics.
  • Despite their conflicting views, they fell in love.
  • Before Chips could walk without a stick, they considered themselves engaged and they were married in London.


  • Chips recalled the incidents of the spring of 1896 in his hour of day-dreaming.
  • He envisaged the great gable, re-smeit the washed air, and re-followed the ribbon of the pass across to stay Head.
  • That time of dizzy happiness, the evening strolls, her cool voice and her gay laughter clearly lingered in his mind.
  • Both had been eager about planning a future.
  • She liked the  school-boys and his profession of teaching.
  • He could not forget that morning when she had laughed in response his self denunciation.
  • She had no parents and was married from the house of an ant in Ealing.


  • His marriage was triumphant success.
  • Katherine won over Brookfield as she had conquered Chips.
  • The boys as well as masters and even the wives of the masters were dominated by her charms.
  • Above all, she exerted an immensely great influence on the formation and development of chips character.
  • Till his marriage he had been a dry and rather neutral sort of person.
  • He was hard-working; he was conscious; but his work was without inspiration.
  • She made him, to all appearances a new man.
  • His eyes flashed; his mind began to work more adventurously; his sense of humour blossomed.
  • He was obeyed, honoured but now he began to be loved by the boys. He gained popularity.
  • Katherine made him broad-minded.


  • Chips  was pre-occupied with a host of incidents buried in the past with twilight at Mrs. Wickett’s.
  • He envisaged Katherine running hastily along the corridors and playing on Violoncello.
  • She was a good player and a fine musician.
  • She advised him in every little problems that across.
  • She advised to be lenient to the boys in general and to be strict with the stubborn sort of students.
  • Chips wished to write those incidents of the past in the form of a book.
  • Sometimes he went seven so far as to make desultory notes in an exercise book.
  • But the work was greatly tiresome for him.
  • Moreover, his recollections lost much of flavour when they were written down.
  • All the same, there he was dreaming again before the fire, dreaming of times and incidents in which he alone could take secret interest.


  • The spring day of 1898 was unforgettable for him.
  • He was terribly shocked by the death of his wife and his newly-born child.
  • He was indisposed to receive condolences.
  • He tried to busy himself with his routine work.
  • The same day he received a lot of letters containing blank sheets of paper.
  • He made no comment.
  • A day afterwards he came to know that it was piece of April Foolery.


  • Chips shifted to his original bachelor quarters after the death of his wife and newly-born child.
  • He did not give house mastership.
  • The work, though not cure, proved sedative for him.
  • For the first time the people noticed that he was getting on in years.
  • Like marriage bereavement brought many changes in him.
  • With his maturity he became self-confident.
  • He did not feel different about his work and worth.
  • He adopted peculiar mannerism in his habits and dress.
  • Katherine had left him with a clambers that accorded well with his own inward emotions.
  • He was not bitterly against Boers without being Pro-Boer.
  • He was orthodox about Lloyd George and the famous budget.
  • He was at an age when he could get away with every person.


  • Chips became the acting head after the demise of old Meldrum in 1900.
  • Ralston was appointed as his successor.
  • Ralston had an impressive personality. He was youngster of 37 years.
  • The years before retirement had memorable pictures for him.
  • He could not forget a May morning when the whole school had assembled to condole the death of King Edward.
  • He remembered a summer morning when the railway men were on strike.
  • Diamond Jubilee was another memorable event.
  • Many other things rushed in his mind like Champagne suppers and unemployed merchers, Marconi, Home and H.M.S.
  • He could not forget an April evening when he rebuked Grayson.
  • Later on Chips had to commiserate with Grayson, the senior, for his son’s untimely death.


  • He had a dispute with Ralston in 1908.
  • He asked him to retire.
  • Chips had never considered about it.
  • On this they began to argue.
  • Ralston told him plainly that he had old-fashioned methods of teaching and he was disorderly in personal demeanour.
  • Ralston raised objection to his out-of-date pronunciation.
  • For Ralston Chips luxuriated too much in the past and not enough in the present and future.
  • Chips thought that Ralston was running Brookfield like a factory which will produce money-mined people.
  • Chips came  to know about his popularity when there was an outburst of sympathy for him and talk of riot, in case Ralston made Chips to resign.

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