In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case,
A merchant was (26) a morning stroll by the seaside when he saw a man squatting on the beach and filling a cup with sand. The merchant watched the man as he (27) the contents of the cup on a large pile of sand beside him and filled the cup again. He continued to repeat this activity. The merchant was curious and so went up to him and asked him what he was doing.
“I am Bidhata (meaning Fate),” said the man. “I am measuring the food each man is to (28) today.” “Can you really do that ?” asked the merchant. “I (29) you to withhold my midday meal today!” “As you wish,” replied Bidhata. The merchant (30) a fish from the fish market across the road, took it home and gave it to his wife. Then he went to his place of work. In the afternoon he came home and sat down to eat. His wife (31) the cooked fish before him. “Fate has it that I won’t get my midday meal,” (32) the man. “But now who can stop me from eating this delicious fish ?” And he(33) out laughing. His wife thought he was laughing at the way the fish had been (34) and she began to scold him. The merchant got angry. lie got up and stunned out of the house. It was only when he cooled down that he realised the (35) of what had happened Fate had succeeded in withholding his share of food tbr that afternoon.
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