Read the extract and answer the following questions-
GERRARD : I’m afraid jewels are few and far between in the wilds of Essex.
INTRUDER : So are the cops. I can retire here nicely for a little while.
GERRARD : You mean to live with me? A trifle sudden isn’t it; you’ve not been invited. INTRUDER : You won’t be here long; so I didn’t trouble to ask.
GERRARD : What do you mean?
INTRUDER : This is your big surprise. I’m going to kill you
GERRARD : A little harsh, isn’t it?
INTRUDER : (with heavy sarcasm) Yeah, I’ll be sorry to do it. I’ve taken a fancy to you, but it’s just got to be done.
GERRARD : Why add murder to your other crimes? It’s a grave step you’re taking. INTRUDER : I’m not taking it for fun. I’ve been hunted long enough. I’m wanted for murder already, and they can’t hang me twice.
GERRARD : You’re planning a gratuitous double, so to speak. Admitted you’ve nothing to lose, but what have you to gain?
(If I were you )
What does the word "gratuitous" mean in the context of the extract? Answer in one word.
Answer as written by the student:
Step by step explanation:
- 👉 To answer this question, we need to understand the meaning of the word "gratuitous" and how it is used in the context of the extract.
- 👉 Gratuitous means something that is done without a good reason or justification. It can also mean something that is given or done free of charge.
- 👉 In the context of the extract, Gerrard uses the word "gratuitous" to describe Intruder's plan to kill him. He says that Intruder is planning a "gratuitous double", meaning that he is going to kill two people (Gerrard and a policeman) without a good reason.
- 👉 Therefore, the word that best matches the meaning of "gratuitous" in this context is "unnecessary", which is a synonym for gratuitous. Unnecessary means something that is not needed or required.
- 👉 Hence, the answer is unnecessary. 🙅
Why does Intruder say that he has taken a fancy to Gerrard? Answer in about 40 words.