Write an essay of about 200 words by developing the following hints:
Many patients wait - dentist’s clinic- tensed - tooth- being extracted-
the arrival of the dentist- Joe, the first patient- called in- the nurse goes-
with hammer-reaction - other visitors- go away fear - was to open tool box.
Title : The First Patient .
Author : Christopher Victor Burgess
Genre : An amusing play
Theme : Thrilling Humour.
“The first patient” is an amusing play, written by
C.V. Burgess. It reveals the humourous situation in a dentist’s clinic.
A few patients are sitting in the waiting room of a
dentist’s clinic and two or three are joining. Among them one lady is
interested in showing her holiday photos to other patients.
The first patient
The dentist arrives and calls Joe the first patient
into his room. The nurse comes out, goes into another room and brings a hammer.
The patients hear the noise of hammering from the room.
The patients hear the noise of sawing. The loud sound
of sawing and screeching from inside the room makes everyone leave the waiting
room. Joe’s wife is scared and she begins to weep. The other patients are all
terrified and go out in hurry.
In search of key
But Joe comes out and tells his wife that the doctor
has missed the key to his tools cabin and he has been trying to open the cabin
with the hammer, pliers and hacksaw. The woman with the photographs is
surprised to see that the queue had moved quickly and she is the next patient
to go in. Thus the play is full of humour.
The dentist has lost the key to his tool cabinet. So he. uses the hammer, pliers and a hacksaw to open his tools cabinet. But everyone imagines that he is using these tools to pull out the teeth.
A number of patients wait at the (1) Waiting room of a dentist’s clinic. Everybody is tensed at the thought of a painful (2) tooth being extracted. One of the women is bent on showing everyone her (3) photographs. After the arrival of the dentist, Joe, the first (4) patient is called in. Sometime later, the nurse comes out and goes in with a (5) hammer. Everyone is (6) frightened at this, imagining Joe being subjected to a lot of hammering in the process of his tooth being pulled out. Once again the nurse comes out to fetch a large pair of (7) pliers and later on she takes in a (8) hacksaw. A little boy confesses that he pretended to have (9) toothache, because he did not wish to go to school. The loud (10) sawing and screeching from within the room makes everyone leave the (11) clinic, one by one. Finally there are only two women in the waiting room, one of them being Joe’s wife. She weeps (12) worried about her husband. But Joe comes out and explains that he had shifted his (13) appointment to the evening and had been given some pills for the pain. After they leave, the dentist comes out and locates the key of his tool (14) cabinet. He had been trying to open it using the hammer, the pliers and the hacksaw only in vain. The woman with the photographs is surprised to see that the (15) queue had moved quickly and she was the next patient to go in.
Setting : When the curtain rises, the following characters are seated in
a dentist’s waiting room.
Women 1 - 8 and Men 1-8. Some of them are reading magazines or
newspapers. Man 4 has a bandage tied round his jaw. He is holding the bandage
and groaning. Man 3 and woman 5 and 6 are just entering the waiting room.
Characters : Men 1 - 8, women 1 - 8, dentist, Nurse, Little girl and
Title : The First Patient
Author : Christopher Victor Burgess
Climax : The patients get worried and shocked about the hammering and sawing sound and decide to leave the waiting room of a dentist. They think that the dentist is using such tools to pull out the tooth of Joe. After they leave, Joe comes out and tells his wife that the dentist uses all those tools to open his tool cabinet, as he has lost the keys.
Humorous Elements: An amusing play with unexpected turn of events along with wild imagination.
a. Who were the patients waiting for?
The patients were waiting for the dentist.
b. How did Woman 5 spend her time in the waiting hall?
The woman-5 spent her time in the waiting hall
by showing her holiday photographs to woman-6.
c. How did the other Women react to Woman 5?
The other women showed interest in looking at
the photographs of woman - 5.
d. Are children afraid of visiting the dentist? Give reasons.
No, the children are not afraid of visiting the
dentist: The children did not know anything about the pulling of teeth. Hence
they are not afraid.
e. What were the strange instruments the nurse carried to the surgery? How did the waiting patients interpret her act?
Hammer, a large pair of pliers and a hacksaw
were the strange instruments the nurse carried to the surgery. The patients who
were waiting were frightened on seeing these instruments.
f. Bring out the people’s reaction to the noises from the surgery.
The loud sawing and screeching from inside the
room makes everyone frightened and worried.
g. Why did they sympathize with the first patient?
They imagine that Joe is being subjected to a
lot of hammering in the process of his tooth being pulled out. So they
sympathized with the first patient.
h. Why did Woman 1 panic more than the others?
Joe, the husband of woman 1 is being subjected
to a lot of hammering. So Woman -1 panicked more than the others.
i. Woman 5 was not aware of what was happening. Why?
Woman-5 was only concentrating on showing her
holiday photographs. So she was not aware of what was happening.
j. How did Woman 5 move ahead in the waiting list of patients?
Woman 5 moved ahead in the waiting list of
patients as all the other patients had left the waiting room of the dentist.
k. Why do patients leave the clinic without meeting the dentist?
The loud sound of sawing and screeching from
inside the room makes everyone leave the waiting room.
l. What had really happened in the dentist’s room?
The dentist had lost the key to his tool
cabinet. So he used the hammer, pliers and a hacksaw to open his tool cabinet.
This made everyone imagine that he was using these tools to pull out the teeth.
4. The play starts with the following dialogue.
Woman 5: We’ll have some time to wait before the dentist sees us, dear.
Here, the italicized word dentist refers to a person whose job is treating people’s dental problems. Often the words ending with the suffix ‘ist’ denote a person who practises, is an expert in, or holds certain principles.
Now, read the descriptions given under Column A and match them with their correct (-ist words) describing specialists in the various fields of medicine given under column B.
1. one who specializes in lung problems : Pulmonologist
2. one who specializes in skin problems : Dermatologist
3. one who treats diseases specific to women : Gynaecologist
4. one who treats kidney diseases : Nephrologist
5. one who treats diseases and disorders of the nervous system : Neurologist
6. one who treats stomach disorders : Gastroenterologist
7. one who treats vision problems : Ophthalmologist
8. one who specializes in critical infants : Neonatologist
9. one who treats heart problems : Cardiologist
10. one who treats the problems of ear, nose, tongue : Otolaryngologist
Read the following statements. Now, listen to the talk on the importance of humour and laughter for good physical and mental health. You may listen to the text again if required, to help you choose the correct option.
i) Humour has the power to motivate and reduce stress and pain.
a) improve b)intensify
c) reduce d) increase
ii) It seems generally accepted that our bodies respond in a positive way to a hearty laugh.
a) accepted b) denied
c) improved d) confused
iii) The humour room is stocked with books, comics, funny posters, audiotapes, and videos.
a) waiting room b) humour room
c) ICU d) reception
iv) One can plan to use humour yet rely on spontaneous opportunities to employ it.
a) late b) better
c) future d) spontaneous
v) Humour is called a way of living, not a part of living.
a) living b) playing
c) nourishing d) developing
Complete the following dialogue between a doctor and a patient with ten sets of utterances for the following situation in which a person goes to a doctor for treatment. The doctor wishes to give him/ her an injection. The person is scared. The doctor convinces the patient and administers the injection. Now, in pairs, enact the dialogue in the classroom.
Patient: Good morning, doctor! May I come in?
Doctor: Very good morning. Please come in and sit down.
Patient: Doctor. I have been suffering from fever since last evening.
Doctor: Let me. Test your temperature. Oh! It is 102 Patient: Is it very
serious doctor? Will 1 Survive the fever?
Doctor: (Laughing) What a question to ask? Don’t worry, you’ll survive.
Patient: Thank you. You’re giving me life, doctor!
Doctor: All right. I’ll prescribe tablets and a tonic.
Patient: Thank you. I’m happy there is no injection.
Doctor: I didn’t say “No injection”. I must give an injection.
Patient: (Surprised) Doctor, I am afraid of injection.
Doctor: Why? You are behaving like a child. It’s not painful.
Patient: All right. Hum hum. I’ll bear the pain doctor.
i. Based on your understanding of the play, explain how a mistaken understanding of events can lead to confusion. How has the author used this unexpected combination of events in the situation to create humour?
A few patients are sitting in the waiting room
of dentist’s clinic and two or three are joining. Among them one lady is
interested in showing her holiday photos to other patients. The dentist arrives
and calls Joe the first patient into his room. The nurse comes out, goes into
another room and brings a hammer. The patients hear the noise of hammering from
the .room. The nurse comes out goes into another and bring a pair of pliers.
One more time she brings a hacksaw. The patients hear the noise of sawing.
Joe’s wife is scared and she begins to weep. The other patients are all
terrified and go out in hurry. But Joe comes out and tells his wife that the
doctor has missed the key to his tools cabinet and he has been trying open
cabin with the hammer, pliers and hacksaw. Thus the play is full of humour.
ii. Have you ever found yourself in such a situation? Discuss in groups and act out such a situation.
(I go to a doctor for a check-up)
I : Good morning, doctor. *
Doctor: Good morning young boy, please sit down. I will check you up thoroughly.
(I sit down in a chair. The doctor winds some bag-like rubber material
around the upper part of my left arm. The material is connected to some kind of
meter and to an air-blower. The doctor blows air into bag around my arm)
I : Doctor. Please stop. I feel some pain. This bag begins to swell. I am
afraid you’ll blow out my arm.
Doctor: (laughing). Don’t worry, I am not going to blow out your arm. The air
will show your B.P that’s all.
(Then Doctor asks me to go into another room marked clinical Laboratory)
Young man in the room: Good morning young boy. Lie down on this bench.
I : Good morning. Thank you.
(I lie down on the bench. The young man takes 3 or 4 tubes and puts them
on my chest and they stick to my body. The tubes are connected to a box. The
young man takes a long wire from the box and connects it to a plug on the main
Young man: Are you reliving comfortable?
(I pull out the wires get up and run out of the room. I hit against the
doctor who is coming to the room. The doctor stops me)
Doc : Aye, boy, what are you doing? Why are you running away?.
I : Doctor, I am terribly afraid. That young man is going to pass
electricity through my body. Then I will die, You Know. So, I want to save my
Doctor: Foolish boy! The technician is not going to pass electricity to your
body. With all the wires and the equipment, he is going to take ECG.
I : Sorry doctor, I don’t know anything about ECG and all.
Doctor: Go into the room and he will take ECG.
I : I
trust you. Thank you doctor.