Summary of ‘The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse’ with Important Questions/Answers, Class XI Literature

This chapter is all about two Armenian boys namely Aram and Mourad who belong to Garoghlanian family, famous for their honesty and trust for years.

When the chapter begins, we find a nine year old Aram waking up to the continuous tapping at the window. On opening the window, he finds Mourad (cousin) sitting on beautiful white horse. He has hard time believing his cousin sitting on a beautiful horse as they both belong to families which can hardly have two square meal per day let alone own a beautiful horse.

He suspects Mourad of having stolen the horse and even enquires about the same time and again. Mourad allures and offers him a ride on that horse. They both keep on riding that horse for a long time. Even Aram, the narrator, gets an opportunity to ride the horse but he falls down.

The narrator makes a special mention of crazy streak Mourad, who is the natural descendent of uncle Khosrove. Latter, is a big man with the largest moustache in Joaquin Valley. He is known for his anger as well as for his frequently spoken words “It is no harm, don’t pay attention to it.”

Having ridden the horse everyday, they hide him in the barn of a deserted vineyard owned by Fetvajin. They follow this routine for a long time till they realise their mistake and get feared of being caught red handedly.

That horse, stolen by Mourad, is owned by John Byro, a poor farmer who is very depressed because of his horse. He comes to uncle Khosrove, who rather than understanding him, takes a dig at him repeating his same sentence “It’s no harm, don’t pay attention to it.”

After riding the horse for two weeks, One day, Mourad and Aram come across John Byro on the way. The owner swears that the horse is his. But, on the other hand, he does not suspect them of stealing the horse because they both belong to Garoghlanian family which is famous for their trust and honesty for ages.

Finally, the boys leave the horse to John Byro’s vineyard keeping their tribe’s reputation in mind. John Byro gets the horse and goes to Uncle Khosrove again but latter once again shouts at him and says “It is no harm, don’t pay attention to it.”

The turning attitude of the boys makes them more interesting.


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