Passage for Exercise-10

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below:

   India's history is dotted with tales of legendary lovers who embraced death immortalising not only their love but the places where they lived, loved and died.
   Submerged in popular legends like Heer-Ranjha, Soni-Mehiwal,Shirin-Farhad and Laila-Majnu, is the little known love story of a poor Goan boy and a Portuguese princess both of who preferred death to separation.What is even more haunting is the fact that unlike other more popular leg endary lovers, Paula and Gaspar continue to draw tourists to Goa from all over the world.

   Legend has it that Paula was a beautiful princess, the niece of one of the Portuguese Governors. The family lived in a ‘palace’at a place in Goa called Cabo. Gaspar frequently visited the workshop in order to assist his father and it was here that he met Paula.

   Paula, fond a swimming, sailing andthe out doors, often visited the workshop on her way back to the palace from the beach,so that she could acquaint herself better with the functioning of sailing vessels.
It is said that Paula and Gaspar met for the first time just as dawn was breaking, filling the sky with those very special colours that only the first fingers of light can bring.Paula was on her way to the beach and Gaspar followed her, sitting on the sand while she swam.

   Deep inreverie, his fingers almost playing with the sand grains,Gaspar discovered a beautiful conch shell half buried on the beach.He bley into it gently and Paula came out of the water towards him.They did not speak .Words were unnécessary.

   Walking back to the workshop, Gaspar blew once more on the conch shell and said, “whenever you hear this, remember, I need you. ‘‘Paula did not reply. She couldn't have even if she had wanted. Gaspar spoke Konkani and it was incomprehensible to a girl who had been brought up speaking Portuguese.

   However, despite the communication gap, love-flowered silent yet strong .As if to prove their love, they found time to learn the languages they did not speak.

   For two years their romance went unnoticed. But as their visit to the workshop increased so did the gossip and eventually someone told the Governor's wife. Paula's movements were now

   But whenever the conch shell blew, Paula managed to go for a swim and picked up or left a letter for her beloved at a given rendezvous. Then suddenly one day a letter was intercepted and brought to the Governor. The sagacious old nobleman was furious. He thought of many ways in which to teach Gaspar a lesson, but in the end decided the best course of action would be to send Paula back to Portugal.

   The night before her departure, a conch shell blew- rather like the wail of a tormented soul. Paula was restless, there seemed no way she could leave the palace. The sound of the conch rent the air again and yet again. It was only around midnight that the hapless girl was able to give the palace guards the slip, carring with her a bale of silk.

   Sitting on the banks of the river Mandovi, Gaspar pointed to the two shores.“ They never meet,” he said,“ Neither can we. You are a princess, I am a pauper. You are Portuguese, I am Goan,” But love knows no boundaries. It does not recognise status, language or race. And finally when the time came to part, Paula and Gaspar preferred death to separation.

   The lovers tied themselves together with the silken bale:Paula had. brought and jumped into the swollen Mandovi. Before the sun was up in the sky, a Hindu priest, walking out of the river after his bath, stumbled across a conch shell. He lifted it to his mouth and blew a pure note in praise of God. Suddenly, he was surrounded by people who first looked at him and then at the bodies washed
ashore near his feet.

   And from then on, the spot where the lovers were found was named after Gaspar: it is called Gaspar Dias and the place where they met so often is referred to as Dona Paula.

   So if you happen to visit Goa, take a trip to Dona Paula and Gaspar Dias. Share the legend, and discover that love does not die, not at least, in Goa!

Questions :

1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions as briefly as possible:

(a) Who were Paula and Gaspar?
(b) When did Paula and Gaspar meet for the first time?
(c) Did the communication gap create any problem between the lovers as both spoke two divergent languages?
(d) Name the river where both Paula and Gaspar jump to end their life?
(e) Name the place where Gaspar and Paula met so often, called?

2. Find the words in the passage which mean the same as the following:

A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical.

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