Mr. Chips Summary
LESSON NO: 1
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.
LESSON NO: 2
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.
LESSON NO: 3
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.
LESSON NO: 4
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.
LESSON NO: 5
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.
LESSON NO: 6
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.
LESSON NO: 7
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.
LESSON NO: 8
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.
LESSON NO: 9
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.
LESSON NO: 10
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.
LESSON NO: 11
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.