The Midnight Visitor Class 10 English Summary

The Midnight Visitor Class 10 English Summary is given below. By reading through the prose detailed summary, CBSE Class 10 students will be able to understand the chapter easily. Once the students finished reading the summary they can easily answer any questions related to the chapter. Students can also refer to CBSE Class 10 English Prose Summary notes – The Midnight Visitor for their revision during the exam.

CBSE Class 10 English The Midnight Visitor Summary

The Midnight Visitor Summary in both english and hindi is available here. This article starts with a discussion about the author and then explains the chapter in short and detailed fashion. Ultimately, the article ends with some difficult words and their meanings.

The Midnight Visitor – About the Author

Robert Arthur Jr. was an American writer of mystery and speculative fiction. His fame rests on ‘The Mysterious Traveller’ radio series and his ‘Three Investigators’ series of novels. His stories were published in many magazines between 1930 and 1940. He also wrote mystery books for children. He was twice honoured by the ‘Mystery Writers of America’ with his writing partner Edgar. He died in 1969 in Philadelphia.

Short Summary of The Midnight Visitor

‘The Midnight Visitor’ is a very thrilling account of a secret agent Ausable’s one particular episode. Ausable didn’t fit any description of a secret agent. He didn’t live up to the romantic picture of a secret agent that we read in books or see in films. He was rather fat and sloppy. He lived in a very small room on the sixth floor.

However, Ausable was gifted with a rare presence of mind. He was quick of action. His fertile brain could invent and cook up stories and situations that would confuse and unnerve his rivals. He cooked up the story of the balcony below the window of his room and the arrival of the police. He outwitted and outsmarted his rival and enemy secret agent, Max, who had come to take away a very important paper concerning some new missiles. Through his presence of mind, Ausable was able to get rid of his rival, Max. 

Summary of The Midnight Visitor in English

Ausable was a secret agent in an organization. He was a fat man with a strange accent. He was an American and could speak German and French fluently. He lived in a small room on the top floor of a French hotel in Paris.

Fowler was a young and romantic writer. One day, he visited Ausable in the hope of finding some unusual happenings there. He was also a spy and dealt in espionage and danger. However, he felt disappointed at Ausable’s sight.

Ausable and Fowler spent the evening in a French music hall. Fowler was feeling bored. Ausable informed him that he would soon receive an important paper. The paper might affect the course of history. It had also made many men and women risk their lives. He had got a telephone call making an appointment in his room.

Ausable switched on the light after closing the door. There was a man with a pistol standing half way across the room. Fowler was thrilled. Ausable was surprised to see Max (another secret agent belonging to another agent’s organization) in his room. On being asked, Max informed him that he had come there at the odd hour to take from him the prospective report about some new missiles.

Ausable sat in an armchair in a serious and angry mood. He started saying that it was the second time in a month that somebody had got into his room through a balcony. Max had no knowledge about the balcony. He reported that he had a pass key. Ausable explained that the balcony belonged to the next apartment which used to be the living room. The balcony extended under his window. The management had not still blocked it off and intruders could get in from the apartment.

Max asked Fowler to sit down, rather than stand stiffly for half an hour till the report arrived. Ausable was at a loss to find how Max had learnt about the incoming report. Just then, there was a knock at the door. Fowler jumped at it. Ausable concocted another story that the Police might have come to provide him security for the important paper. Ausable told Max that the Police would enter the room any way and shoot if he did not open the door. Max got unnerved.

Max got infuriated and started backing swiftly towards the window. He opened the window with one hand behind. He wanted to escape through the balcony. He informed Ausable that he would wait on the balcony. He would shoot and take his chances if Ausable did not send the Police away. The knocking became louder. Somebody called Ausable repeatedly. Max dropped to the balcony, screamed loudly and died.

A waiter entered the room with a bottle and two glasses set on a tray, the drink ordered by Ausable. Fowler got perplexed. Ausable explained that he was waiting for the waiter and not for the Police. Fowler was afraid lest Max should shoot them from the balcony. Ausable assured Fowler that Max would never return.

Molar of The Midnight Visitor

The ultimate message that one can get from this story is that in any situation we should not panic instead we should take a step and face the situation with our presence of mind.

Summary of The Midnight Visitor in Hindi

यह कहानी मजाकिया गुप्त एजेंट ऑसेबल के बारे में है। वह एक लेखक मित्र फाउलर के साथ था। उन्होंने शाम को समय बिताने की योजना बनाई। तब फॉलर ने महसूस किया कि वह उसके बारे में जो उसने कल्पना की थी, उसके बिल्कुल विपरीत है। Ausable ने Fowler को बताया कि वह गलत सोच रहा था और बहुत जल्द वह एक बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण रिपोर्ट को देखेगा, जो देश के भविष्य को बदल देगी। फिर दोनों अपने कमरे में चले गए। लेकिन, जब वे कमरे में प्रवेश करते हैं तो बंदूक के साथ एक और आदमी मैक्स कमरे में खड़ा था। उन्होंने मिसाइलों से संबंधित रिपोर्ट आने तक उन्हें सहज रहने को कहा।

गुप्त एजेंट से मिलते समय फाउलर के लिए यह वास्तव में एक साहसिक अनुभव था। इस बीच, Ausable ने अपने कमरे की खिड़की के नीचे एक काल्पनिक बालकनी के बारे में एक कहानी शुरू की। जब यह बात चल रही थी, कोई लगातार दरवाजे पर दस्तक दे रहा था। आसेबल ने कहा कि पुलिस नियमित रूप से उसकी और उसके कमरे की जांच करने के लिए दरवाजे पर आई थी। मैक्स ने उन दोनों की ओर अपनी बंदूक की ओर इशारा करते हुए कहा कि वह बालकनी में इंतजार कर रहा होगा और इस दौरान आसेबल को पुलिस को भेज देना चाहिए अन्यथा वह उन्हें गोली मार देगा।

जैसे ही डोरकनॉब जोर से चालू होता है, मैक्स खिड़की से बाहर कूदता है और उन्होंने जोर से चीख सुनी। दरवाजा खुलता है और एक वेटर अंदर आता है। वेटर कहता है कि वह उस शराब को लाया है जिसे आसेबल ने ऑर्डर किया था। वह वहां टेबल और पत्तियों पर बोतल, ट्रे और चश्मा रखता है। फाउलर वह सब देखकर हैरान हो जाता है। फाउलर ने उनसे पुलिस के बारे में पूछा। तब औसबल ने जवाब दिया कि कोई पुलिस नहीं थी।

फाउलर ने फिर से मैक्स के बारे में पूछा, जो खिड़की के बाहर बालकनी में इंतजार कर रहा था। तब अससेबल ने जवाब दिया कि वह व्यक्ति वापस नहीं आएगा क्योंकि वहाँ कोई बालकनी नहीं थी। यह Ausable की त्वरित बुद्धि को दिखाता है क्योंकि उसने स्थिति का लाभ उठाया और सफलतापूर्वक मैक्स को परेशान कर दिया। अपनी घबराहट के तहत, वह बिना किसी विचार के खिड़की से बाहर कूद गया। वह होटल की ऊपरी मंजिल से कूद गया और इसलिए उसकी मौत हो गई। इस प्रकार, Ausable ने मैक्स को पीछे छोड़ दिया और खुद को एक बहुत ही खतरनाक स्थिति से बचा लिया।

Difficult Words and their Meanings

Description = written account(लिखित विवरण)  secret = mysterious(गुप्त)  agent = who works for some agency (अभिकर्ता) following = succeeding  (अनुशरण करते हुए )  musty = foul smelling(दुर्गन्ध बाला )  corridor = an open gallery  (गलियारा ) gloomy = dark (अंधकारमय ) accent = tone of voice (वोलने का लहजा) disappointed = frustrated(निराश )  romantic =imaginative(रोमांचकारी )  passably = just adequately (काम चलाऊ रूप से ) imagined = thought in mind  (कल्पना करना )  mysterious = curiously (रहस्य पूर्ण )  

sloppy = unsystematic (अव्यवस्थित ढंग से ) ordinary = simple (साधारण ) appointment = settlement (नियुक्ति )  chuckled = grinned (खिश्याया)   frustrated = disappointed  (निराश ) disillusioned = set free from false belief(भृममुक्त ) Switched on = joined electric current (बिजली चालू कर देना) thrill = sensation  (रोमांच ) automatic = moving of itself  (स्याचालित ) blinked = closed and opened the eyes  (आँखों का झपकना )  wheezed = spoke breathing, noisily and heavily (हाँफते हुए बोलना ) slender = lean and thin  (दुबला -पतला ) 

except = in addition to (के अतिरिक्त)  murmured = complained in low sound (बुढ़-बूढाया) Heavily = sorrowfully (दुखी मन से)  management = governing body  (प्रवन्धक समिति )  grimly = seriously (गंभीर रूप से)  nuisance = troublesome (कस्टकारी)  curiously = with anxiety  (उत्सुकतापूर्वक ढंग से )  passkey = private key (गुप्त चावी )  explained = to clear the meaning of  (व्याख्या करना ) apartment = chamber  (कमरा)  glanced = viewed ( देखा )  explanatory = containing explanations (व्याख्यात्मक)   

promised = gave assurance  (वायदा किया)  stiffly = straight  (तना हुआ) gesture = bodily movement (हाओ  भाव )  evilly = wicked (दुस्टतापूर्वक ढंग से ) protection = safety (बचाव)  nervously = uneasily  (बेचैनी ) repeated = to do again (पुनः )  hesitate = to be doubtful  (हिचकिचाना) swiftly = quickly  (तेज़ी के साथ )  balcony = front side of a house on the roof  (छज्जा ) Twisted = distorted (ऐठना ) grasped = hold tightly (जोर से पकड़ना)  swung = to move to and fro  (झूलना) doorknob = door handle  (दरवाजे की हत्थी) screamed = cried (चिल्लाया) shrilly = with a sharp sound  (तीव्र ध्वनि के साथ ) deftly = quickly and cleverly  (तेज़ी और चतुराई से ) uncorked = opened (खोला )  stammered = spoke with halts (हकलाकर बोला)