The Third Level | Summary Class 12 | Jack Finney | Questions & Answers | Vistas | CBSE NCERT by Suraj Bhatt

The Third Level | Summary Class 12 | Jack Finney | Questions & Answers | Vistas | CBSE NCERT by Suraj Bhatt
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The Third Level | Summary Class 12 | Jack Finney | Questions & Answers | Vistas | CBSE NCERT by Suraj Bhatt 

        The Third Level by Jack Finney 

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ABOUT THE STORY 👇

The Third Level by Jack Finney 

The story "The Third Level" is an interesting psychological story from the first chapter of the book "Vistas" of class 12. This story has been written by Jack Finney, an American author. Most of his creations are based on scientific as well as thriller experiences. The plot of the story was written around 1958. This story "The Third Level" has presented various unbelievable incidents that have created a kind of question mark in the readers' minds. The story begins with the narration of the main narrator and ends up surprisingly creating confusion among all the readers. The writer of the story has raised a question for all his readers before starting the story. His question is: "Have you ever had any curious experience which others find hard to believe?" By this question, we get an idea that "The Third Level" is somewhat related to unbelievable incidents. 

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MAJOR CHARACTERS IN 👇

The Third Level by Jack Finney

There are three major characters here in this story. The characters are as follows:

Charley: Charley is the main protagonist as well as the narrator of the story who is an ordinary person aged 31 years old with a hobby of stamps collection.


Louisa: Louisa is Charley's wife who cares more about Charley.


Sam Weiner:  Sam Weiner is Charley's friend who is a psychiatrist by his profession. 

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MAIN SUMMARY OF 👇

The Third Level by Jack Finney

The story "The Third Level" is all in all about the unbelievable experience of the main narrator at the railway station which is the Grand Central Railway Station of New York. Grand Central Railway Station is one of the biggest Railway Stations in New York.  This Railway Station was established in the year 1870. Charley's experience related to the third level of Grand Central Railway Station is quite unbelievable and hard for others to believe it. The story "The Third Level" begins with the narrator's convincing lines. Here the main protagonist is claiming that he has been on the third level of Grand Central Railway Station. According to him, the president of New York railroads will swear on the existence of only two levels at Grand Central Railway Station. Not only this, his friend and even his wife are quite confident about the existence of only two levels at that station. But the main narrator Charley is quite confident about the existence of the third level at the Grand Central Railway Station which he has experienced. Due to his unbelievable talks,  Charley's wife Louisa takes Charley to his psychiatrist friend Sam Wiener. When Charley tells his experience related to the third level of the Grand Central Railway Station to his psychiatrist friend Sam Wiener, his friend doesn't believe his words. Sam tells Charley that is it just our waking dream fulfilment. According to Sam,  Charley is unhappy in his stressful life. Due to him, his wife is also upset. He explains that Charley wants to escape the present reality because the present modern world is full of insecurities,  fear, war, worries and all the rest of it. But Charley denies his friend's words saying that everyone wants to escape from all these tensions in the modern world. In a very funny way, he adds a line that people don't wander down into any third level of the Grand Central Railway Station just like him to escape from the reality. Later on, Sam starts talking about Charley's hobby of stamp collection. 


According to him, stamp collection itself is a temporary refuge from reality. Charley gives a fine example of his grandfather and American President Roosevelt. According to him, his grandfather also had a hobby of stamp collection. But he did not need any temporary refuge from reality. During the time of his grandfather, things were pretty nice and peaceful. His grandfather had a nice collection of stamps which Charley has in the present time too. His grandfather used to collect blocks of four stamps at once which were issued by the government of the US, first-day covers and so on. According to Charley, it doesn't mean that his grandfather wanted to take a temporary refuge from reality. He even asked that President Roosevelt was a man of his time. He was quite a strong personality. He even had the hobby of his stamp collection. He was quite courageous enough to fight with reality in fact he didn't need any temporary refuge from reality. Later on, Charley starts telling his actual incident to all the readers that happened with him on one of the nights last summer at Grand Central Railway Station. According to him, he worked quite late at his office that day. He wanted to meet his wife Louisa. He wanted to reach his home in a short time therefore he decided to take the subway to Grand Central Railway Station because it was faster than the bus. That day he was wearing a tan gabardine suit and a straw hat with a fancy band. On his way to the subway, he met dozen of people who looked just like him. He did not want to escape at all. He just wanted to reach his home and meet his wife Louisa. He entered the first level from where anyone can take trains like the 20th century. When he reached the first level, he found out that the train had already left. After that, he moved on to the second level from where the suburban trains leave. The same thing happened to him there too. He found the train missing.


After some time, he found an arc-shaped doorway which he had never seen in his life before. He dogged into that doorway in search of the subway. Finally, he got lost there. Charley reveals to all the readers that he has been in and out of Grand Central Railway Station a hundred times. He has experienced many new things in that station as new doorways, stairs, corridors etc. But he hasn't seen such kind of arc-shaped doorway in his life before. He compares the Grand Central Railway Station to a big tree's roots that keep on growing or developing. He even relates his experience of walking a mile-long way tunnel too. After entering that arc-shaped doorway, Charley did not get his proper way ahead.


He entered a corridor that had a left turn. It was also slanting somewhat downwards. It was like a tunnel. He met no one on the way. There was pin drop silence. After walking for some time, there was a left turn in the corridor. He moved downstairs and finally reached the third level of Grand Central Railway Station. He noticed various unusual things there.


Things were quite different in the third level. There were few ticket counters. The rooms were quite small. The lights were dim and flickering because they were open flame gas lights. There were brass spittoons on the floor. When he moved further he heard some people talking. When he moved around, he found old-fashioned people everywhere. Those people looked like the people of the 1890s. They had worn out old-fashioned clothes such as Derby hats, and four-buttoned suits with small lapels. The men had beards, side whiskers and moustaches. 


He noticed a woman wearing a long skirt that reached the top of her shoes. He even noticed a man using the old-fashioned golden pocket watch. After some time, he met a paper boy. There was a stack of paper on his feet. When he read that newspaper, he found the title of the newspaper "The World" which dated 11 June 1894. He even noticed that there was an old wooden information board. Charley realized that he had done time travel and reached the past period. He moved towards the ticket counter. He wanted to buy tickets for his favourite place Galesburg, Illinois. When he counted his money in front of the counter clerk, the counter clerk nodded his head saying "That ain't money mister." The counter's clerk warned Charley for not skinning him. Charley saw the old-fashioned money bills just beside that counter clerk and left the counter because he did not want to be in jail in 1894.


Charley always had a deep desire to move to Galesburg along with his wife Louisa. For him, Galesburg is such a wonderful town with big old frame houses, huge lawns and tremendous trees whose branches meet overhead and both the streets. His lovable grandfather also used to live there.


The next day,  during lunchtime Charley went to the bank and took out all his money. He exchanged his $300 into old currencies. He got only 200 dollars for that amount. He did not feel any bother about the loss of hundred dollars. Charley's friends got surprised to see his act of converting his money into old bills. Actually, Charley had to pay the premium of his life insurance policy but he didn't care much about that insurance policy. The only wish for Charley was to reach Galesburg which was a quite peaceful town and the things were quite cheap there. 


Charley moved directly to the Grand Central Railway station. He wanted to move into the third level but he did not get his proper way ahead to the third level. He became quite upset and returned home. Charley related each and everything to his wife Louisa. Louisa became quite worried and asked him to stop his task of searching the third level at Grand Central Railway Station.


Charley agreed and stopped his task of searching that third level at Grand Central Railway Station. He engaged himself in his stamp collection again.  


Now the main turning point in the story:

Charley reveals to all the readers that now both of them Charley and Louisa are eagerly and hopefully searching for the third level at Grand Central Railway Station. Both of them have now proved the existence of the third Level in Grand Central Railway Station. Charley starts telling his story related to his psychiatrist friend Sam Weiner to all the readers. Both of them Charley and Louisa came to know that their psychiatrist friend Sam Weiner was missing for many days. He was out of contact. They tried their best to find Sam Weiner but they did not get any information about him. Some days before Charley was busy with his stamps. He found a first-day cover in his stamps dated 18 July 1894. That first-day cover was dull brown with six cents stamp on it and a picture of President Garfield. 


Charley had never seen that first-day cover in his stamps before. The envelope of that first-day cover was addressed to his grandfather. Charley took that first-day cover and opened it. The surprising part was that the first-day cover did not contain blank paper. There was a written note inside the envelope. That note was sent to his grandfather but it was written for Charley. After reading that note, Charley came to know that his psychiatrist friend Sam Weiner was in Galesburg. In that note, Sam Weiner stated that Charley was right about the existence of the third level at Grand Central Railway Station.


According to Sam, he found that third level at the Grand Center Railway station and reached Galesburg about two weeks ago.  He also wanted to see Charley and his wife Louisa in Galesburg. He was enjoying his lemonade drink along with piano music and song at Daly's Street in Galesburg. He also asked them to keep searching the third level at Grand Central Railway Station. There was the signature of Sam Weiner at the end of that note. That note created confusion for Charley. The next day Charley went up to the coin section where he came to know that his psychiatrist friend Sam Weiner had recently exchanged his eight hundred dollars into old currencies. In this way, this interesting story "The Third Level" ends up quite surprisingly creating confusion for all the readers.


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