Summary and Quick Revision Notes of The Hundred Dresses-I NCERT Class 10th

Study Material of Chapter 5 The Hundred Dresses-I (Summary, Quick Revision Notes and Word Meanings) First Flight Class 10

Summary of the Chapter

The Hundred Dresses is a story based on the true experiences of the author about a girl who is teased by her classmates because she is different. Wanda Petronski, a girl who comes from the poor part of town, is the only student in her class with a 'funny' Polish name. She is always quiet and she always wears the same faded blue dress to school everyday, although she claims she has a hundred dresses and sixty shoes at home "all lined up in her closet."

The story is told from the perspective of one of Wanda's classmates, Maddie, who is the best friend of the main player in the daily taunting and teasing. After Wanda is absent for a few days, her classmates learn that her family has moved away to the big city where they will not be mistreated for being different. Maddie begins to wonder about the girl she and her friends used to constantly tease, and realizes that she knows very little about her. She begins to wonder why they started teasing her in the first place and is overcome with guilt for making fun of her simply because she is poor and has a funny name and is different from them. Maddie knows that she should have stood up to her friends and defended Wanda. She feels guilty for not speaking up, for standing by and allowing her friends to tease Wanda.

Maddie and her friends later discover that Wanda is a very talented artist, and that her  drawing of one hundred beautiful dresses has won the school's art contest. The girls realize that they misjudged Wanda, and feel incredibly guilty for never believing her stories of her "one hundred dresses." In the end, the girls write a letter to Wanda, hoping to make amends, and they are pleasantly surprised by her willingness to forgive.

Quick Revision Notes

• It was Monday. Wanda was not in her seat but nobody noticed this.

• Wanda is a quiet girl who rarely said something but no one knows why. She lived at Boggins Heights. Her feet had mud on then.

• Student thought of Wanda outside the school hours, to have fun with her but she did not come on Tuesday also.

• On Wednesday, Peggy and Maddie thought of Wanda. Both of them were very good friends. They anted to have fun with Wanda but they noticed her absence.

• Peggy was the most popular girl in her school. She was pretty, she had many pretty clothes and her hair was curly.

• Wanda’s name was considered funny in room number 13.

• Wanda had no friends, wore a faded blue clean dress. Girls surrounded her in the school yard to make fun.

• Peggy made fun of Wanda by mostly asking how many dresses she had and how many pairs of shoes.

• Wanda would answered a hundred and shoes sixty. All girls laughed at her.

• Peggy was not really cruel. She would say why Wanda had spoken of her hundred  dresses.

• Maddie felt bad that they had been bothering Wanda like that because she was also poor. She wishes Peggy to stop teasing Wanda but pictures herself in Wanda’s place.
• Maddie remembers Wanda’s pale blue and green with red dresses.

• The drawing contest was expected to be won by Peggy.

• Next day, they saw hundred sketches of dresses all over the room. All beautiful in bright colours.

• Miss Mason announced Jack Beggles won for the boys and Wanda for girls.

• Wanda was absent. The class was astonished to know that Wanda could draw. The children clapped their hands and the sketches were all beautiful and different .

• The blue and the green dress once  spoken by Wanda was identified by Peggy and Maddie. They were shocked to know her great quality of drawing.

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