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Ncert Class 12 The Third Level Summary, Ch-1 Question Answer, Solutions, PDF

Class12th 
Chapter01
Chapter NameThe Third Level
BoardCBSE & All Others boards
Book NCERT
SubjectEnglish Elective  (Flamingo)
Medium English
Study MaterialsSupplementary Reader Very important question to answer

The Third Level Summary | The third level class 12 summary

In ‘The Third Level’ Jack Finney describes how he found himself on the third level at the Grand Central Station. The authorities as well as others swore that there were only two levels at the Grand Central. 

But the narrator claimed to have been on the third level and seeing the old world charms of 1894. His psychiatrist friend called it “a waking-dream wish fulfillment”. The third level was a medium of escape for Charley from the harsh realities of modern life. It provided him with a base where he could interweave fantasy and reality.

The narrator (Charley) claims that he has been on the third level of the Grand Central Station. The Presidents of the New York Central railroads will swear on the basis of facts that there are only two levels at the Grand Central Station. 

Charley consults his psychiatrist friend and tells him about the third level (story) at Grand Central Station. His friend calls it ‘a waking-dream wish fulfillment. He tells that Charley remains unhappy. His wife has become almost mad. 

The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, and worries. He just wants to escape. His friends also think of him as an escapist. His stamp-collecting habit is ‘also a temporary refuge from reality’.

Charley is in a hurry to go to his apartment. He takes the subway from Grand Central because it is faster than the bus. He goes down the steps to the first level. Then he walks down to the second level, where the suburban trains leave from. 

He enters an arched doorway heading for the subway and gets lost. It is very easy to get lost at the Grand Central. The Grand Central is growing like a tree. It is pushing out new corridors and staircases like roots. He has been in and out of the Grand Central hundreds of times. Once he got into a tunnel about a mile long and came out in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel. 

Another time he came up in an office building on Forty-Sixth Street. For so many people the Grand Central has been an exit, a way of escape. On the third level, he finds only a few ticket windows and gates. The information booth in the center is made of wood and is old looking. He sees flickering open-flame gaslights. There are brass spittoons on the floor. 

People wear derby hats and four-button suits. He has never seen so many beards, sideburns, and fancy mustaches in his life. He catches a glimpse of a very small Currier and Ives locomotive. Then he walks over to a bookshop and buys a copy of “The World’. ‘The World’ has not been published for years. But the copy he buys was printed on June 11, 1894.

Charley turns toward the ticket windows. He wants two tickets to Galesburg, Illinois. The clerk figures the fare. He counts out the money and looks up. The clerk stares at him. He says, “That ain’t money, Mister”. He even warns him not to cheat him. He glances at the cash drawer. The money is in old-style notes and is different looking. He turns away and gets out fast. There is nothing nice about going to jail even in 1894.

The next day, he draws three hundred dollars out of his bank. He buys an old-style currency. One can buy old money almost at any coin dealer but one has to pay a premium. His three hundred dollars buy less than 200 in old style notes. But he has never again found the corridor that leads to the third level at Grand Central Station, although he has tried enough. Louisa, his wife, is pretty worried when he tells her all this story. She doesn’t want him to look for the third level anymore.

Now both of them, Charlie and his wife Louisa, have proof that the third level is still there. His friend Sam Weiner disappears. Nobody knows where but Charley suspects him to be in Galesburg. He liked the place very much. Charley had often told him about the place, his school, etc. That night Charley finds among his oldest first-day covers, a rare envelope. It

had been mailed to his grandfather at his home in Galesburg. The postmark showed July 18, 1894. Charley had never seen that envelope before. He can’t understand how it came there. He takes it out and opens it. The letter was addressed to Charley by Sam. 

It was written that Charley was right about the third level. Sam had found the third level. He was in Galesburg. It was a highly romantic place where someone was playing the piano and others were singing “Seeing Nelly Home”. It was written that Charley and Louisa should keep looking till they found the third level again. The letter was signed by Sam. 

Charley goes to the stamp and coin store. He finds out that Sam had bought 800 dollars worth of old-style currency. This money was enough to set up a feed-and-grain business that he had in mind. But now he can’t go back to his old business. Nor can he go back to Galesburg, Illinois in 1894. Sam was no one else but his psychiatrist.

the third level summary in hindi | the third level short summary

कथाकार (Charley) यह दावा करता है कि वह ग्रान्ड सेंन्ट्रल स्टेशन की तीसरी मंजिल पर होकर आया है । न्यूयार्क सेंन्ट्रल रेलरोड के प्रधान तथ्यों के आधार पर यह कसम खाएँगें कि ग्रान्ड सेंन्ट्रल स्टेशन पर केवल दो ही मंजिल है । 

Charley अपने मनोचिकित्सक मित्र से सलाह लेता है और उसे ग्रान्ड सेंन्ट्रल स्टेशन पर तीसरी मंजिल के बारे में बताता है। उसका मित्र उसे “एक दिवा स्वप्न इच्छा की पूर्ति’ करार देता है। वह कहता है कि Charley उदास रहता है। मरा हुआ है। वह सिर्फ पलायन उसकी टिकट इकट्ठा करने की आदत भी ‘अस्थायी रूप से वास्तविकता से पलायन है।’ Charley अपने फ्लैट पर जाने की जल्दी में है। वह ऑल्ड सेन्ट्रल से सुरंग को

है क्योंकि वह बस से अधिक तेज है। वह सीढ़ियाँ उतर कर पहली मंजिल पर आता है। फिर उतर कर दूसरी मंजिल पर आता है जहाँ से उपनगरीय गाड़ियाँ चलती हैं। वह एक मेहराबदार दरवाजे में प्रवेश करता है जो कि सुरंग-पथ की ओर जाता है और खो जाता है। ग्रॉन्ड सेन्ट्रल खो जाना बहुत आसान है।

ऑन्ड सेन्ट्रल एक वृक्ष की तरह फैल रहा है। वह जड़ों की तरह नये-नये गलियारे और सीढ़ियां निकाल रहा है। वह ग्रॉन्ड सेन्ट्रल से सेकड़ों बार अन्दर और बाहर आता जाता रहा है। एक बार वह एक मील लम्बी सुरंग में घुस गया और रोजवेल्ट होटल की लॉबी में जाकर निकला। दूसरी बार वह Forty Sith Street के दफ्तर के भवन में जा निकला। बहुत से लोगों के लिए ऑन्ड सेन्ट्रल एक निर्गम (निकास) द्वारा रहा है, एक पलायन मार्ग

तीसरी मंजिल पर कुछ ही टिकट खिड़कियाँ और द्वार हैं। मध्य में सूचना बूथ लकड़ी का बना है और पुराना दिखायी देता है। वह टिमटिमाती गैसलाइटों को देखता है। फर्श पर पीतल के थूकदान हैं। लोग डर्बी हैट और चार बटनों वाले सूट पहनते हैं। उसने अपने जीवन में इतनी दाढ़ियों, कलमें और फैशनेबुल मूँछें कभी नहीं देखी थीं। वह एक बहुत छोटे Currier and Ives के रेल इंजन की झलक प्राप्त करता है। फिर वह चल कर पुस्तकों की एक दुकान पर जाता है और ‘दी वल्ड’ की एक प्रति खरीदता है। ‘दी वर्ल्ड’ कई सालों से छपी नहीं हैं लेकिन जो प्रति वह खरीदता है वह 11 जून, 1894 में छपी थी।

Charley टिकट खिड़कियों की ओर मुड़ता है। वह Galesburg, Illinois के लिए दो टिकटें चाहता है। क्लर्क माड़े का हिसाब लगाता है, वह पैसे को गिनता है और ऊपर की ओर देखता है। क्लर्क उसकी ओर घूर कर देखता है। वह कहता है “मिस्टर वह पैसा नहीं है।” वह उसे धोखा न देने के लिए भी चेतावनी देता है। वह कैश (नगदी) रखने वाले दराज पर नजर डालता है। पैसा पुराने ढंग के नोटों में है और वह अलग दिखाई देता है। वह मुड़ता है और तेजी से बाहर निकल जाता है। 1894 में भी जेल जाना कोई अच्छी बात नहीं है।

अगले दिन वह अपने बैंक से तीन डॉलर निकलवाता है। वह पुरानी शैली की Currency खरीदता है। कोई भी किसी भी सिक्के बेचने वाले से पुराने रुपये खरीद सकता है लेकिन उसे अधिक पैसा देना पड़ता है। उसके 300 डॉलर पुराने ढंग के 200 से कम डॉलर खरीद पाते हैं। लेकिन वह गलियारा जो ग्रॉन्ड सेन्ट्रल स्टेशन की तीसरी मंजिल की ओर ले जाता है उसे दोबारा कभी नहीं मिला यद्यपि उसने बहुत प्रयत्न किया है। लूसीया उसकी पत्नी, काफी चिंतित होती है जब वह उसे सारी कहानी बताता है। वह नहीं चाहती कि वह तीसरी मंजिल को और अधिक

अब उन दोनों, Charley और उसकी पत्नी लूसीया, को प्रमाण मिल जाता है कि तीसरी मंजिल अभी भी है। उसका मित्र शाम विनर गायब हो जाता है। कोई नहीं जानता कहाँ, लेकिन चार्ली को शक है कि वह Galesburg में उसे उस स्थान अपने स्कूल इत्यादि के बारे में अक्सर बताया था।

उस रात अपने प्रथम दिवस के बहुत पुराने लिफाफों के बीच एक दुर्लभ लिफाफा चार्ली को मिलता है। वह उसके दादा को उसके घर Galesburg के पते पर डाला गया था। डाकघर की मोहर 18 जुलाई, 1994 को दिखाती थी। चार्ली ने उस लिफाफे को पहले कभी नहीं देखा था। वह यह नहीं समझ पाता कि वह वहाँ कैसे आया। वह उसे बाहर निकालता है और खोलता है। 

पत्र Sam द्वारा चार्ली को लिखा गया था। यह लिखा था कि तीसरी मंजिल के बारे में चार्ली सही था। Sam को तीसरी मंजिल मिल गयी थी। वह Galesburg में था। वह बहुत ही रोमांचकारी जगह थी जहाँ कोई पियानो बजा रहा था और दूसरे “Seeing Nelly Home” गा रहे थे। यह लिखा था कि चार्ली और लूसीया ढूंढते रहें जब तक उन्हें तीसरी मंजिल दोबारा मिल नहीं जाती। चिट्ठी Sam द्वारा हस्ताक्षरित थी। चार्ली टिकट और सिक्के वाली दुकान पर जाता है। उसे पता चलता है कि Sam ने 800 डॉलर की कीमत की पुरानी करेंसी खरीदी है। यह राशि उसके चारे और अनाज के व्यापार के लिए काफी थी जो उसके दिमाग में था। लेकिन अब वह अपने पुराने व्यापार में वापस नहीं जा सकता था। न ही वह 1894 के Galesburg, Illinois में जा सकता था। Sam और कोई नहीं बल्कि उसका मनोचिकित्सक था ।

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The Third Level Word Meaning

  • Swear-take an oath, 19; Stack-pile, ; Obvious-evident, Psychiatrist-one who treats mental diseases, fa; waking dream- daydream, feq-q; fulfilment-satisfaction, igf; insecurity-lack of pro- tection, असुरक्षा; Wander-roam about घूमना; 
  • Points-indicate, संकेत करना; claimed-asserted, दावा करते थे; Refuge-shelter, आश्रय, शरण; Issue-giving out officially, ; Block-one solid piece, us; First-day covers-an envelope postmarked on the first day of its stamps, एक लिफाफा जिस पर डाक टिकटों के प्रथम दिन जारी होने की मोहर लगी हो; 
  • Uptown-residential area, रिहायशी भाग; apart. ment-flat, फ्लैट; Subway-underground way, सुरंग मार्ग; Guy-man, आदमी; ‘Ten- yellowish brown, ; Band-strip, g; Fancy-fashionable, dar Flight-stairs between two landings, fe; Suburban-pertaining to outskirts of city, उपनगरीय; Ducked into-dived into अन्दर गया, घुसा; Arched-curved structure, मेहराब वाला Bumping into reach unexpectedly, अचानक पहुँच जाना 
  • Lobby-waiting room, often; Pushing out-spreading, rem go, Exit- outlet, F; Corridors-passages in building, R; Angling-turning, Slanting-sloping, adf ; Soul-person, f; ahead-in front, a Booth-stall, 
  • Eyeshade-protection for the eyes are; Sleeve protect tors-covers for sleeves, reder; Flickering-waving, feufemà gt Gas lights-lamp in which a mantle is heated by a jet of gas to produce light, Per Spitoons-vessels to spit into, ; glint-reflection, flash, fe vest-waistcoat, ; snapped open-part of front of coat folded back to- wards shoulders, गिरेबान की मोड़ी handlebar mustache साइकल के हैंडल जैसी tu, eighteen-ninety-1890, 336; sideburns-man’s whiskers grown on either side of the face, ; leg of mutton-smartly dressed, के माँस की टाँग जैसी; track-railway line, रेल की पटरी; 
  • locomotive-railway engine, ; stack-chimney, fef; glanced-had a sudden quick look, aff art; stack-pile, &; lead story-man news, headline, He, समाचार; news boy-one who sells newspapers, अखबार बेचने वाला;  का शर्बत; hay-dried grass, straw, घास-फूस, पुआल ।

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Class 12 English The Third Level Summary
Class 12 English

1. What does the third level refer to?

Ans. Actually, the writer Jack Pinney uses the third level of the Grand Central Station as a medium of escape. For Charley, Grand Central has been an exit, a way of escape. It was a waking dream wish fulfillment. With so much insecurity, fear, war, and worries in the modern world, Charley just wants to escape. He wanders into the fanciful world of 1894, far away from the harsh realities of contemporary life. 

2. Would Charley ever go back to the ticket counter on the third level to buy tickets to Galesburg for himself and his wife? 

Ans. Charley drew three hundred dollars from the bank and bought old-style currency to buy two tickets to Galesburg. But he never again found the corridor that led to the third level at Grand Central Station, although he had tried often enough. So he couldn’t buy two tickets for himself and his wife. But the third level is just a medium for escape. And here Charley can enter that world of fantasy and romance. It is just like a waking dream wish fulfillment for him.

3. Do you think that the third level was a medium of escape for Charley? Why?

Ans. In ‘The Third Level’ Jack Finney interweaves fantasy and reality. The third level is nothing but a product of Charley’s own mind. It is certainly a medium of escape for Charley, Charley lives in this modern world. Life is full of insecurity, fear, war, worries, and stress. Man has to confront them all the time. 

The harsh realities of life make living quite unpleasant and even unbearable. Charley talks to his psychiatrist friend about the third level at the Grand Central Station. He calls it a waking-dream wish fulfillment. He says that Charley is unhappy. His unhappiness had made his wife kind of mad’. 

He just wants to escape from the cruel realities of life. Charley possesses an escapist tendency. Everything about him points to it. Even his stamp collecting is a ‘temporary refuge from reality’.

The compulsions of modern life made Charley escape into a world of fancy and romance. His grandfather ‘didn’t need any refuge from reality’. Things were pretty nice and peaceful in those days. 

The Grand Central has been an exit, a way of escape for Charley. He wanders down to the third level at the Grand Central and finds himself in the world of 1894. It was a world of romance with wooden gates, open-flame gaslights, derby hats, beards, sideburns, and fancy mustaches. 

Charley wants to go to Galesburg, Illinois where there are big old frame houses, huge lawns, and tremendous trees. Where people smoke cigars talking quietly and the women wave palm-leaf fans, with fireflies all around.

4. What do you infer from Sam’s letter to Charley? 

Ans. The way Charley comes across Sam’s letter surrounds in That night, among his oldest first-day covers, he found an envelope. It ‘shouldn’t have been there’. But there it was. He had never seen that envelope before. It was there because someone had mailed it to his grandfather at his home in Galesburg. 

The address of the envelope revealed all this. And it had been there since July 18, 1894. The postmark showed that the stamp was a six-cent, dull brown with a picture of President Garfield. mystery.

Generally, the first-day cover has only a blank paper in the envelope. But the paper inside wasn’t black. It was written and signed by Sam and was addressed to Charley. Sam believed that Charley was right about the third level. 

Sam wrote that he himself had found the third level. He had been in Galesburg, Illinois for two weeks. Someone was playing the piano and others were singing “Seeing Nelly Home”. He asked Charley and Louisa to come there. They should keep looking till they found the third level. It was worth it.

It is intriguing how such a letter was never noticed before. It is even more intriguing that Sam Weiner, Charley’s friend disappeared. Nobody knew where But Charley suspected him to be in Galesburg. Both of them liked the place and talked quite often about it. 

The third mysterious fact is that the letter is written by Sam and is addressed to Charley on July 18, 1894. And the last mystery that unfolds at the end is that Sam is no one else but Charley’s psychiatrist. 

5. The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry, and stress. What are the ways in which we attempt to overcome them? 

Ans. We are not living in the good old days. The modern world is full of insecurity and fear. Wars threaten human existence Worries and stress keep us crushed. We fail to come to terms with the real world. The harsh realities of life make our living quite unpleasant and bitter. 

We attempt to overcome them through daydreams and wishful thinking. Perhaps our grandfathers didn’t need any refuge from reality. Things were pretty nice and peaceful in their days. Charley in the story remains sad and unhappy. So he just wants to escape. 

He wanders down to the third level. The third level is nothing but a medium of escape. He wanders into the world of romance and fancy. It is the world of 1894. It is the world of derby hats, beards, sideburns, and fancy mustaches. 

Like Charley, we can also go to the romantic world of Galesburg where we have big old frame houses, huge lawns, and tremendous trees. Someone is playing the piano and others singing “Seeing Nelly Home”.

We can develop another habit. Stamp collecting also provides a temporary refuge from reality. We can go back to the old times. We can interweave fantasy and reality together. Philately keeps the past alive. It is a human tendency to move constantly between the past, the present, and the future.

6. Do you see an intersection of time and space in the story? 

Ans. In “The Third Level’ Jack Finney interweaves fantasy and rea naturally, which leads to an intersection of time and space in the story. Cory constantly moves between the past and the present. We have introduced an ordinary guy named Charley. He is thirty-one years old. He wears a can gaberdine suit and a straw hat with a fancy band. He lives in New York and works in an office there. 

The world of New York is not the world of Galesburg, Illinois. The modern world of New York is full of insecurity, fear, war, worries, and stress. Generally, people like Charley can’t cope with the harsh realities of modern life. They just want to escape.

The third level at the Grand Central Station becomes a convenient medium of escape for Charley. It is nothing but ‘a waking-dream wish fulfillment. The contemporary world of New York is a reality. But the third level of derby hats, flickering gaslights, beards, side-burns, and fancy mustaches is the good old world of 1894. So we are constantly moving from one century to the other and from New York to Galesburg, Illinois. 

Even Charley’s stamp collecting is a temporary refuge from reality. His grandfather didn’t need any refuge from reality. Things were nice and peaceful in his days. The letter written by Sam takes us more than a century back. It bears the postmark of July 18, 1894. Then we are transported to the world of romance and leisure. Galesburg with its big old frame houses, huge lawns, and tremendous trees provides a stark contrast to the rush and crowd of New York.

7. Apparent illogicality sometimes turns out to be a futuristic projection. Discuss.

Ans. The world of art is different from the world that we live in. Art provides a convenient medium to transcend the harsh realities of the contemporary world. Generally contemporary modern life is full of insecurity, fear, war, and worries. 

Men like Charley find it incompatible with their dreams and aspirations. Hence they indulge in ‘a waking-dream wish fulfillment. For Charley, the third level becomes a convenient medium of escape. Here he escapes into an old world of 1894, almost a century old. 

But this apparent illogicality sometimes turns out to be a futuristic projection. There the escape is not in the past but in a futuristic world of fantasy.

Take, for example, a work of fiction 1984′ in which George Orwell imagines the radical transformations that will take place in the communist world. He draws a picture of the decay and disintegration of the Soviet Union decades ago. And his apparently illogical description turns out to be a futuristic projection. 

The Soviet Union decays and disintegrates as visualized by Orwell decades before. And with this disintegration comes the end of the cold war and the rivalry between the two superpowers, the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union.

8. Philately helps keep the past alive. Discuss other ways in which this is done. What do you think of the human tendency to constantly move between the past, the present, and the future?

Ans. Philately is one of the very common but effective ways to keep the past alive. Stamp collecting has become a passion for some of the selected few. In “The Third Level’ Charley has cultivated this civilized hobby. This keeps him associated not only with the contemporary world but also ties him with the past.

 In his stamp collection, he possesses some of the oldest ‘first-day covers’. The rarest was an envelope mailed to his grandfather at his home in Galesburg. It had been there since July 18, 1894. The postmark showed that date. 

The stamp was a six-cent dull brown, with a picture of President Garfield. The stamped envelope offered an opportunity to escape into the world of romance and beauty-the world of 1894. It was a different world than the rush and crowd of New York. Here someone was playing the piano and others singing “Seeing Nelly Home”.

It is a human tendency to constantly move between the past, the present, and the future. Most passionate stamp collection requires the maximum number of ‘first day covers’. When a new stamp is issued, stamp collectors buy some stamps. They use them to mail envelopes to themselves on the very first day of the sale. 

The postmark proves the date. The envelope is called a first-day cover. They are never opened. Just blank papers are put in the envelope. So the stamp collection provides a window to peep into the past.

9. You have read, ‘Adventure’ by Jayant Narlikar in Hornbill Class XI. Compare the interweaving of fantasy and reality in the two stories. 

Ans. Narlikar in his story ‘The Adventure’, presumes that a number of worlds exist side by side. Professor Gaitonde accidentally bumps into an India-which is not like India he knew. He does not even go into the past. It was an India that existed side by side with the present one. But history had taken two entirely different routes.

 Narlikar says that it is not a presumption. It is not what would have happened if the Marathas had won the battle of Panipat. But actually, scientifically, it is possible for a number of worlds to exist simultaneously. But ‘The Third Level’ is a journey into the past. It is like H.G. 

Wells’s idea of a time machine. It does not believe in the existence of different worlds, but in the different fourth dimensions. Suppose we went into the days of Asoka, we should find the places as they existed at that time. Such things may be possible to discover someday. The stones are improbable. They interweave fantasy and reality.

SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

Class 12 English The Third Level Summary
Class 12 English Question Answer

1. How did the narrator’s psychiatrist friend analyze his claim of being at the third level of Grand Central Station?

Ans. The narrator told his psychiatrist friend about the third level at Grand Central Station. His friend analyzed that it was just a waking dream wish fulfillment. He was unhappy. That made his wife almost mad. The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, and worry. He just wanted to escape from those harsh realities of life.

2. What did the narrator’s friends say about him? What did his stamp collecting point to?

Ans. All the narrator’s friends agreed that he was an escapist. Everything pointed to it. They claimed that his stamp collecting was a ‘temporary refuge from reality’. So was his claim of having been at the third level of Grand Central Station. He couldn’t face the cruel realities of the modern world. Hence, he found solace in escapism.

3. Why did the narrator talk to a psychiatrist friend of his and what did What does he say about the third level?

Ans. No one was ready to believe that there were three levels at Grand Central Station. The narrator wanted to talk to his psychiatrist friend. He wanted to take his opinion about it. His psychiatrist friend called it a waking dream wishes fulfillment. It was nothing more than his attempt to escape from the harsh realities of modern life.

4. What did the narrator say about his escapism from the real world? 

Ans. The narrator didn’t believe that his being at the third level of the Grand Central was mere escapism. Everybody he knew wanted to escape. But hey didn’t wander down into any third level at the Grand Central. One day he worked late at the office. He decided to take the subway from Grand Central as it was faster than the bus. He was not trying to escape. He just. wanted to get home to Louisa, his wife. 

5. The narrator thinks that the Grand Central is growing like a tree. What makes him think so? Why has it been ‘an exit’?

Ans. The narrator got lost when he was heading for the subway. It is quite easy to be lost there. He has been in and out of the Grand Central hundreds of times. He is always bumping into new doorways and stairs and corridors. Once he got into a tunnel about a mile long. Then he came out in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel. So he thinks that the Grand Central is growing like a tree, pushing out new corridors and staircases like roots.

6. How did the narrator come out on the third level at Grand Central Station after he had lost the way? 

Ans. The Grand Central had been an ‘exit, a way of escape’ for the narrator. He lost the way when he was heading for the subway. But he continued walking downward. He knew that he was wrong, but he kept on walking. Then he heard the sound of people talking. The tunnel turned sharp left. He went down a short flight of stairs. He came out on the third level at Grand Central! Station.

7. What did the narrator see unusual at the third level? 

Ans. The narrator was on the third level at Grand Central Station. There were a few ticket windows and train gates. The information booth in the center was made of wood and was old looking.

 The gas lights were dim and flickering. There were brass spittoons on the floor. Men wore derby hats and four-button suits. He never saw so many beards, side-burns, and fancy mustaches in his life. Besides them, he saw a very small Currier and Ives locomotive.

8. Describe Galesburg Illinois in 1894. Why did the narrator want two tickets to Galesburg, Illinois? 

Ans. Galesburg Illinois is a wonderful town still, with big old frame houses, huge lawns, and tremendous trees. In 1894, it reflected a world of romance and leisure. 

Summer evenings were twice as long. The people sat out on their lawns. The men smoked cigars and talked quietly. Women sat leisurely waving palm-leaf fans. 

The narrator wanted to be back there. It was 1894, First World War was still 20 years off, and the Second over 40 years. 

9. What will the President of the New York Central and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford railroads swear? What did the narrator claim? 

Ans. The narrator claimed that he had been on the third level of the Grand Central Station. But no one was ready to believe him. The Presidents of the New York Central and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford railroads would swear that there were only two levels. The Grand Central Station didn’t have a third level.

10. How did the narrator get lost when he was heading for the subway?

Ans. The narrator turned into Grand Central from Vanderbilt Avenue. He went down the steps to the first level. Then he walked down to the second level, where the suburban trains left from. He ducked into an arched doorway heading for the subway. It was here that he got lost.

11. How did the narrator get the old-style currency? Why couldn’t he buy two tickets for Galesburg in spite of having the currency used in 1894 

Ans. The narrator needed the old-style currency to pay for two tickets to Galesburg, Illinois. The next day, he drew three hundred dollars out of the bank, nearly all he had. He bought old-style currency. One could buy it at any coin dealer at a little premium. But he never again found the corridor that led to the third level at Grand Central Station.

12. What is a first-day cover? Explain. 

Ans. When new stamps are issued, stamp collectors buy some stamps. They use those stamps to mail envelopes to themselves on the very first day of the sale. The postmark proves the date. The envelope is called a first-day cover. The envelopes are never opened. Only blank paper is put in the envelope.

13. What was written in Sam’s letter to Charley?

Ans. Someone named Sam wrote that letter to Charley on July 18, 1894. Sam wrote that Charley was right about the third level. Sam claimed that he had found the third level. It was a romantic world where some were playing the piano and others sang ‘Seeing Nelly Home’. Charley was advised to keep looking till he found the third level. It was worth it.

14. What strange thing was found among the oldest first-day covers? How did it come there? 

Ans. That night the narrator was looking at his oldest first-day covers. It was a stamped old envelope. Someone had mailed it to his grandfather at his home in Galesburg. It had been there since July 18, 1894. 

The postmark showed it. But he didn’t remember it all. It had no business to be there. But there it was. The stamp was a six-cent, dull brown with a picture of President Garfield. Naturally, it went into his collection and stayed there. 

15. “That ain’t money, mister,” said the clerk to the narrator. Why did he warn the narrator?

Ans. The narrator wanted two tickets for Galesburg, Illinois. The clerk figured out the fare. But when he counted the money and looked up, the clerk was staring at him. He nodded at the bills (currency notes). 

He said, “That ain’t money, mister” He even warned him not to deceive him. The narrator saw the notes in the cash drawer. They were old-style notes, half as big as the money used nowadays. 

The narrator realized that he didn’t have the money used in 1894. He turned away and got out fast. There was nothing nice about jail, even in 1894. 

LONG ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

Class 12 English The Third Level Summary
Class 12 English

1. What does the third level refer to? Is it a medium or a way of getting away from the unpleasant and insecure present forgetting your normal life?

Ans. Jack Finney’s story ‘The Third Level’ interweaves fantasy and reality. The third level becomes a medium of escaping from the unpleasant and prosaic

present and wandering into a more romantic world of 1894. The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry, and stress. So the third level provides a safe route to escapism. 

All of a sudden, in that world of fantasy, he can buy two tickets to Galesburg, Illinois from the third level at Grand Central.

The narrator talks to a psychiatrist, his personal friend, about the third level at Grand Central Station. The psychiatrist defines it as a waking dream wish fulfillment. He is unhappy. His unhappiness makes his wife ‘kind of mad’. 

He fails to come to terms with the modern world of fears and worries. Hence, he just wants to escape. The narrator doesn’t find anything new in it. Everybody he knows wants to escape but all of them don’t wander down into any third level at Grand Central Station.

The narrator’s inclination points to his escapist nature. His stamp collecting, for example, is a ‘temporary refuge from reality’. His grandfather didn’t need it as things were pretty nice and peaceful in his days. But now he can fly on the wings of fancy to Galesburg, Illinois of 1894. 

It is a wonderful town with big old frame houses, huge lawns, and tremendous trees. In 1894, summer evenings are twice as long. Men sit out on their lawns smoking cigars and talking quietly. The women wave palm leaves in a peaceful world. Sam’s letter to Charley corroborates all these details of that fantastic world. 

2. How did Charley stumble into the third level at Grand Central Station? Describe his experience there. 

Ans. One night last summer he worked late at the office. He was in a hurry to get uptown to his apartment. So he decided to take the subway from Grand Central. It is faster than the bus. He turned into Grand Central from Vanderbilt Avenue and went down the steps to the first level. 

He ducked into an arched doorway heading for the subway. And here he got lost. It is quite easy to get lost here. Sometimes he thinks that Grand Central is growing like a tree pushing out new corridors and staircases. For so many people through the years, Grand Central has been an exit – a way of escape.

He started slanting downward. He thought he was wrong but kept on walking. Then he heard a sort of hollow roar. The tunnel turned sharp left. He went down a short flight of stairs and came out on the third level at Grand Central Station. There were fewer ticket windows. 

They were made of wood and were old looking. The man in the booth wore a green eyeshade and long black sleeve protectors. The lights were dim. They were open-flame gaslights. A man was pulling a gold watch from his vest pocket. 

He never saw so many beards, sideburns, and fancy moustaches in his life. He caught a glimpse of a locomotive, a very small Currier and Ives with a funnel-shaped stack. Then he saw an 1894 issue of ‘The World’ newspaper.

He turned towards the ticket windows. He wanted two tickets to Galesburg, Illinois. The clerk figured out the fare. But when he counted the money, the clerk was staring at him. 

“That ain’t money, mister”, he said. He warned him that he shouldn’t try to cheat him. The narrator glanced at the cash drawer. Of course, the money was old-style bills. They were different-looking. He turned away and got out fast.




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FAQs

Q. What does the third level refer to?

The third level represents a break from the “full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it” modern world.

Q. What did Charley see at the third level?

An ancient train, a newspaper dated June 11, 1894, brass spittoons, flickering petrol lamps, and many other items from that era were all visible to Charley. He also observed individuals dressed in period attire.

Q. Why did Charley run away from the third level?

Due to his fear, Charley made the hasty decision to return from the third floor, for fear of being apprehended and imprisoned.

Q. How did Charley reach the third level?

Charley kept moving on until he came to a set of stairs that led to a different level of the station.

Q. Why was the narrator seeing this third level?

The modern world is filled with uncertainty, anxiety, conflict, and concern, and the narrator is miserable. He has thus imagined a third level in order to escape.

Q. character sketch of Charley in the third level?

Charley, the story’s main character, is a perfect example of a modern guy.

Q. What is the theme of the lesson on the third level?

the theme of the lesson on the third level is an escape from the modern age

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