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Syllabus and Exam Weightage for Class 12

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Below is a summary of The Rat Trap, one of the topics from the new pattern for CBSE Class 12 syllabus. 

The Rat Trap from English Flamingo:

Once upon a time, there was a man who went around selling small wire rattraps. He had made them himself, but his enterprise was not lucrative. So, he had to beg and steal a little to keep himself alive. His clothes were in rags, his cheeks were lowered, and he could see poverty in his eyes. His life was sad and he was monotonous. He didn't have any company.

One day, he was struck by the idea that the world was nothing but a big rattrap. It set bait for people by offering richness and joy, shelter and food, warmth and clothing just as the rattrap offered cheese and pork. As soon as someone let himself be tempted to touch the bait, the rattrap closed on him, and then everything came to an end.

He walked slowly on a dark night with heavy steps when he saw a little grey cottage by the roadside. He knocked at the door to ask for shelter for the night. The lord was a very old man. He didn't have a wife or child. He was grateful to have someone talk to in his isolation. He served him some porridge for dinner and gave him some tobacco for his pipe. So he pulled out an old card set and played ""mjölis"" with his friend before bedtime.

The host was a crofter at Ramsjö Ironworks in his days of success. He was working on the farm. He was unable to do day labour now. It was his cow that was supporting him. This remarkable cow will give milk to the creamery every day. He told the stranger that he had received all thirty kronor in payment last month. 
The next day, the two men got up early. The crofter had been in a hurry to feed his calf. The other man didn't want to stay in bed when his host got up. At the same time, they fled the house. The crofter locked the door and placed the key in his pocket. The man with the rattraps said goodbye, thanked his host and went away. Half an hour later, the rattrap peddler came back. He broke a windowpane, stuck in his hand, and took hold of the thirty crown pouch. He took the money out and put it in his pocket. Instead, very slowly, he put the leather pouch back in his place and walked away.

He was delighted by his cleverness. Then he realized that he did not dare to continue on the public highway. So, he took him to the park. He's got into a big and confounding wood. He kept walking without going to the end of the wood. He noticed that he was only wandering around in the same part of the forest. He felt he had let himself be tricked by a trap, and he had been trapped. The entire forest seemed to him like an impenetrable prison from which he could never escape.

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