Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
Mr.Chips is the central character of the novel. He was a born teacher. He was very devoted & dedicated. He performed his duties very well. He became quite successful and popular in the school after his marriage with Katherine. His real name was Mr.Chipping. But his friends & students called him Mr.Chips out of love & frankness. He was an average sort of person. He was simple, honest & polite person. Mr.Chips was a conservative person. He got married with a modern girl. His wife was younger enough to look like his daughter. She was 25 years old. He himself was 48 years old. But despite this age difference, their marriage was a great success. . Before marriage, Mr.Chips was rather a dry & neutral sort of person. But Kathi completely changed him and made him a new man. He gained self-confidence. His mind became sharp & clever. His eyes gained sparkle. His dress & manners also improved. His sense of humour & discipline also improved. Mr.Chips had the God-gifted quality of wit & humour. He always looked at the funny side of things. This quality was his source of strength & an important cause of his popularity. His humour was sudden, effortless & harmless. Wherever he went, people expected something funny from him. He liked to laugh with the people instead of laughing at them.