The Recurring Dream – Summary | The Magic of Words

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The Recurring DreamUnit One : Stories of the Supernatural
The Recurring Dream – A Story from England
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The story starts with a description of Kimberly Clark, the protagonist of the story, who is twenty five yeas old with all qualities of a normal young woman. She is pretty, she loves to dance, and she has many friends and a good position in the office of a large company. Despite these all, she has a problem. She has been troubled by a strange and mysterious dream that haunts her every night.

The strange dream always begins on a country road. Kim stands on this road and sees a lane with a white fence and a hedge on each side. At the end of the lane, on the top of a little hill, she sees a small white cottage with green shutters. Then she walks up the lane to the house, goes in and looks around. In one of the rooms, she finds a man asleep in bed. He is a little old man with white hair and a white beard. When she comes near his bed, the man wakes up. Then he sits up and looks at her. When she tries to speak to him, she wakes up. She is very surprised troubled by the dream because she has never known any little old man like that and neither the place.

Kim’s roommate knows everything. So, one day she proposes Kim to visit her (Janet’s) parents’ farm house to feel peace in mind. As they pass through a country road, Kim sees the similar scene which she sees in her dream. They stop there. Janet does not want Kim to go and see the small cottage but Kim goes.

The house was exactly the same, except for a sign in front of the house which said ‘FOR SALE’. Unlike her dream, Kim goes to the door of the house and knocks and to her surprise the same old man answers the door who immediately closes the door. After Kim’s request, he opens the door. Kim again asks why the house is for sale. The old man reveals that the house is haunted by a ghost. Kim tries hard to think to say something instead asks who the ghost is. The old man gets surprised and shocks her by replying that she herself is the ghost.

Important Questions

1. Write about a dream that you have seen recently.
Ans: Yesterday I saw a terrible dream about a ghost. In my dream I found myself sitting with my friends in the jungle. When I was a little away from my friends, I saw a ghost dancing around me. It was telling me that I was going to be killed. In my dream, I cried so badly. I was asking for a help. My friends did not listen to me what I was saying. I fell in a critical condition. I thought I had to kill the ghost. Then, the fight began between me and the ghost. The ghost had had very sharp claws and redred eyes. It was so furious so I was. I tried to thrash it on the stone. Fortunately, I succeeded on my own and the ghost was thrown into the river nearby. Finally, I went to my friends who were looking at me. They asked me how the fight was like. I also narrated the event as it was happened. The next day, the result of my dream came true. I got the first division in exam.

2. Do dream have any connection to our real life? Discuss your personal view. Also relate to the story. “The Recurring Dreams.”
Ans: Of course, dreams have connection to our real life. I have got such experience in my life. Once I saw my friend Mohan fallen down from a tree in my dream. After few days, I heard the news that he met an accident. He was rushed to the hospital. His condition became worse. His hands and legs were broken and ultimately died.

3. Why do some people have recurring dreams? Give your opinion.
Ans: Many people have their dreams at night. We have also got some experiences of dreams. In our dreams sometimes we see ghosts, wild animals, great buildings, juggles, death person, friends etc. In my opinion we see these persons, animals, things because of our unsatisfied desires. We have experienced that what we desire in a daytime, occurs in our dream at night. So desire of getting something might be the cause of recurring dream. In the same way sometimes we see same dream day by day. We have experienced the fact that we fail in our exam in the dream if we are waiting for exam result. So fear might be the cause of dream.

4. Why does Janet want to take Kim to her parent’s farm for a few days?
Ans: Janet wants to take her friend to her parents’ farm because Kim had a problem of recurring dream. She used to see the same old man and the white house in her dream. Kim tried to speak to that old man in her dream but suddenly woke up from her dream. This happened daily. Her friend, Janet wanted to take Kim to her parent’s farm so that Kim will feel easy and forget that recurring dream. So Janet takes Kim to her own parents’ farm for a few days.

Questions for Practice

  1. Why do you think cottage is for sale?
  2. Describe a village house in about ten sentences.
  3. Narrate the story of “The Recurring Dream” in 200 words.
  4. What do you think is the reason some people having recurring dream?
  5. Describe the man Kim sees in the house.

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  1. nistha
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

    it was good

  2. hari
    Posted August 13, 2015 at 6:39 am


  3. puskar
    Posted November 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    can i get an answer of this question : what is the supernatural explanation of this story?

    • MeroSpark MeroSpark
      Posted November 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Dream is a natural, it happens with everyone. But having repeatedly exactly same dream every night is beyond nature. In the story, the dreams becomes true when Kim visit her (Janet’s) parents’ farm house to feel peace in mind. As they pass through a country road, Kim sees the similar scene which she used to see in her dream. She also find the old man inside the house, whom she used to see on her dream. The old man said ghost to her because she used to visit there every night. By the statement of that old man, Kim’s soul used to visit that house daily when she get slept. It is very rare in normal natural life. It is supernatural fact.

  4. Mohit khadka chhetri
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Is there any pdf..I mean to download the notes

    • MeroSpark MeroSpark
      Posted May 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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  5. sneha_khanal
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Is there page for meaning into words ?

  6. Sarbesh Shrestha
    Posted July 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Why was the old man not afraid at every night while seeing a ghost infront of him?
    And why didn’t the old man become surprised or afraid and why didn’t he cry when he saw a real ghost in a daytime?
    Does anybody have any idea?
    If possible, also explain what happened the next.

    • khushi
      Posted August 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Well the story is a supernatural story.. going through the subject matter of the story .. it seems that the little old man is the father of kim of her past life similarly .. kim sees same dream means the old man is haunted by the ghost so many times thus seeing same person 3veryday has reduced his fear to a large extent.. so he is not afraid..

  7. Gauraab
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Is there any page to download the note of meaning into word.

  8. gyurmay lama
    Posted August 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    can i please get a answer that descrbe lane and the house in 3 paragraph

  9. Frensis Bashyal
    Posted August 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm


  10. Mohsin
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Describe the mysterious dream Kimberly Clark has.

  11. dikshya shrestha
    Posted October 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    thank u so much….bt there isnt answer of summarize the story ….. would you plzz tell me the answer?

  12. Posted July 23, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Who do you think is the ghost in the story?

  13. Deepak chhetry
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    In your opinion why does Kim wake up each time she tries to speak to the man in her dream ??

  14. Posted July 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    is there any conclusion of the story???

  15. sushant
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 8:18 am

    describe the lane and the house

  16. Nabina
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Can i get the answer of Why do you think Kim had this dream?

  17. Suman Neupane
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Why does kim wake up each time she tries to speak to the man in her dream ?

  18. Posted August 16, 2017 at 7:49 am

    why kim has thus dream every day???

  19. Posted August 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

    can you give me this answer..????

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