The House Call
The House Call Summary:
“The House Call” is a supernatural story taken from Berlin, Germany. This story deals with the apparition of a young girl’s spirit which goes to the house of the surgeon requesting him to make a house call.
It was 09:30 PM in the evening of the 26th December 1903. The famous surgeon of Berlin, Dr Emil Braun was resting in the dining room of his house after conducting and supervising difficult surgical operations during the day. He was thinking of having his dinner and writing some notes on surgery. But he was so tired that he was unable to do either of them. He had just begun to doze off when he was awakened by the sound of the doorbell. He heard his wife talking to someone who was requesting for a house call. As he went to the door he saw a girl of 6-7 years old requesting him to visit her sick mother. Thinking that it was indeed an emergency, he got ready and followed the girl in the darkness.
The girl walked ahead of the doctor stopping at each corner to make sure that he was following her. He was trying his best to catch up to the girl so that he could ask her some questions. But the girl walked so fast that he couldn’t follow her properly. She led the doctor to an old tenement house (rented house) through the poorest part of Berlin. She climbed up the building up to the fifth floor and waited for the doctor outside a room, at the end of a dark hallway. As the doctor approached her, she thanked him and disappeared.
When the doctor went into the room, he saw a sick woman lying on the bed. He recognized her as Elda who used to work as a maintenance staff in his hospital. She was suffering from pneumonia. After giving her some medicine he talked to her about the girl, who had gone to his house. But he was totally surprised to know that the girl whom he had supposed to be the daughter of Elda had died in last September.
Elda showed him a pair of shabby shoes and a worn-out shawl that she had kept to remind herself of her daughter. When he felt the shoes and the shawl he found them to be wet and damp. Now he was pretty sure that he was been called by the spirit of Elda’s daughter, Adelheid. But he didn’t tell her anything about Adelheid because it might have an adverse effect on the psychology of his patient, Elda. Elda fell asleep while talking to the doctor. Checking her feverish head once again, doctor Braun returned back home in the darkness.
This story deals with the appearance of a girl’s spirit to a doctor requesting him to make a house call. The story shows that Elda was surrounded and assisted by the spirit of her daughter long after her death. The events as such don’t take place in real-life situations and are beyond to the scientific principles. Therefore “The House Call” is a supernatural story.
Some Important Questions of The House Call:
Question. Elaborate about Doctors Braun’s character.
Answer. Dr Emil Braun, a famous surgeon of Germany was a diligent, sincere, optimistic, altruistic and kind-hearted person.
He used to spend his day carrying out and supervising difficult surgical operations. He would be ready to make a house call at any time of the night sacrificing his personal comfort and luxury.
He regarded every work as the gift of God; he was ready to serve his god carrying out his duties and responsibilities. He was always bound with the chain of responsibility as a surgeon. Besides being an experienced surgeon he was a psychologist too. He treated his patients both medically as well as psychologically. Though an old man of 67 years, he had the spirit and enthusiasm of a teenager.
Indeed, he was an idol for everyone desiring to become a doctor.
Some Important Questions From “The House Call”
- Why was the doctor tired what was eating when a girl knocked at the door
- Why did the doctor have a look of surprise on his face when Elda told him that her little daughter died in September?
- Why did the little girl come to the doctor’s house?
- Who is Dr Emil Braun? How old is he when he visits Elda?
- What did the mother Elda keep to remind her of her daughter?
- What did Dr Braun discover when he went with a girl who came to visit his house in the story “The House Call’?
- Show the similarities and differences between the two supernatural stories “The House Call” and “The Loving Mother”.
- What are the two possible explanations of who the girl was who came to fetch the doctor?
- Summarise the story “The House Call’.
- Show the points of similarities and differences between the two supernatural stories “The House Call” and “The Loving Mother”.
THE RECURRING DREAM
THE LOST DOLL
THE NIGHTMARE LIFE WITHOUT FIELD
MY HEART LEAPS UP WHEN I BEHOLD
SPEAKING OF CHILDREN
LOOK AT THE TEACUP
A WORN PATH
THE THREE DAY BLOW
THE POPLAR FIELD
UNCHOPPING A TREE
ON THE VANITY OF EARTHLY GREATNESS
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