A Letter to God | G.L. Fuentes | Class X | First Flight | English |

A Letter to God | G.L. Fuentes | Class X | First Flight | English |

Summary

A letter to God by G.L. Fuentes revolves around a poor farmer named Lencho, the protagonist of this chapter. He is a poor farmer and the only bread-earner of his whole family who has immense faith in God. He lives in a little and lonely house, which is situated at the foot of a low hill in the valley, with his wife and sons. Being a laborious farmer, he has been eagerly waiting for a good rain for his fields and for a decent harvest this year. But, on the contrary, he has to face a lot of music when the normal rain gets converted into a hailstorm and destroys his whole crop out and out. Having been disappointed and ruined, he finds no other way except writing a letter to God seeking help of 100 pesos so that he and his family can survive such a difficult upcoming time. He writes a letter to God wherein he asks for God’s help with some money.

When the postman finds a letter in the box which is addressed to God, he rushes to the postmaster and shows him the letter. On opening up, it is found that a poor farmer (Lencho) is in dire need of money. Seeing the gravity of the situation, the postmaster decides to help him with some of the money. As a result, he requests all his colleagues to do the charity as much as possible to help the needy farmer for this noble cause but all he manages to arrange is 70 pesos for him. He sends all the collected money to Lencho putting it in an envelope, keeping in mind, that it would do him some good and make his and his family’s life somewhat better.

After a few days, the postmaster receives another letter from Lencho, addressed to God, wherein the poor farmer complains to God against the working style of people at the post office calling them ‘A bunch of crooks’ and accusing them of taking out some money from the letter sent by him. Besides, he requests God to send him the money directly from the next time rather than sending it through the corrupt employees of the post office. The postmaster feels very sad when he goes through the painful words of Lencho one by one and realizes that despite helping him, they get nothing but a blame for stealing his money which they did not.

Had Lencho thought optimistically, he would have realised that the money he received was actually sent by someone else not the God. But, his pessimism disappoints the readers in the end of the story and compels them to lose faith in humans. One should not forget that humanity still prevails provided that one has a firm belief in it.



Important Questions/Answers

 

Q1. What was Lencho by profession? What was his chief problem?

Ans. Lencho was a farmer by profession. He was extremely hard working and living on the crest of a low hill. He had been waiting for a good rain for long in order to have a good harvest but there was no rain. When it started raining, all his dreams were shattered by a gigantic hailstorm destroying all his crops. All that made him sink in gloom.

 

Q2. What made Lencho write a letter to God?

Ans. Lencho’s entire crop had been damaged by a massive hailstorm. He had no other option left except praying to God and seeking help. Therefore, he decided to pen down a letter to God asking for some money to run his livelihood and meet all the expectations of his family.

 

Q3. What made the postmaster help Lencho?

Ans. The postmaster was a kind-hearted man. When he found a letter from Lencho that was addressed to God, he got emotional to see latter’s faith in God. His heart melted and he decided to help him everything he had. But all he managed to collect was seventy pesos for him. Having collected the amount, he sent a letter to him on behalf of God.




Q4. How much amount did Lencho ask for? Why did he not get all the money?

Ans. Lencho’s crops had been ruined for which he had asked for 100 pesos from God. He thought all his problems would get washed away if he got the demanded amount. But, on the contrary, he got only 70 pesos.

 

Q5. Why did Lencho not want the money to be sent through mail?

Ans. When Lencho received 70 pesos instead of receiving 100 pesos, he started doubting the integrity of the postmaster and the people working there for stealing his money from his envelope. Therefore, he sent another letter to God requesting him not to send rest of the money through mail.

 

Q6. Why did Lencho compare the rain drops to new coins?

Ans. Lencho was in dire need of rain for his crops were on the verge of being ruined. When it rained, he got so excited that he compared it with the new coins falling down from the sky. He started valuing them as per the sizes of the drops.




Q7. Write a brief character sketch of Lencho in about 200 words.

Ans. Lencho was a farmer by profession. He was extremely hard working and living on the crest of a low hill. He had been waiting for a good rain for long in order to have a good harvest but there was no rain. Soon, it started raining, he got excited but all his dreams were shattered when the rain transformed itself into a gigantic hailstorm destroying all his crops. All that made him sink in gloom. He had no other option left except praying to God and seeking help. Therefore, he decided to pen down a letter to God asking for some money to run his livelihood and meet all the expectations of his family. When the postmaster found a letter from Lencho that was addressed to God, he got emotional to see latter’s faith in God. His heart melted and he decided to help him everything he had. But all he managed to collect was seventy pesos for him. Having collected the amount, he sent a letter to him on behalf of God. When Lencho received 70 pesos instead of receiving 100 pesos, he started doubting the integrity of the postmaster and the people working there for stealing his money from his envelope. Therefore, he sent another letter to God requesting him not to send rest of the money through mail. Besides, he called all of them a bunch of crooks who had stolen his rest of the money sent by the God.

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Link of Other Chapters

First Flight, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Letter to God

2.      Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

3.      Two Stories about Flying

4.      From the Diary of Anne Frank

5.      The Hundred Dresses I

6.      The Hundred Dresses II

7.      Glimpses of India

8.      Mijbil the Otter (Deleted)

9.      Madam Rides the Bus

10.   The Sermon at Benares

11.   The Proposal

 

Footprints Without Feet, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Triumph of Surgery

2.      The Thief’s Story

3.      The Midnight Visitor (Deleted)

4.      A Question of Trust (Deleted)

5.      Footprints Without Feet

6.      The Making of a Scientist

7.      The Necklace

8.      The Hack Driver

9.      Bholi

10.   The Book That Saved the Earth (Deleted)

 

Class X, Writing Section, English Core

1.      Formal Letters

2.      Formats 

3.      Articles

4.      Reports

5.      Poetic Devices

 

Vocabulary/Grammar for Competitive Exams

1.      Vocabulary 1

2.      Vocabulary 2

3.      Grammar 

 

Class X, Poetry, English

1.      Dust of Snow

2.      Fire and Ice

3.      A Tiger in the Zoo

4.      How to Tell Wild Animals (Deleted)

5.      The Ball Poem

6.      Amanda

7.      Animals

8.      The Trees (Deleted)

9.      Fog (Deleted)

10.   The Tale of Custard the Dragon

11.  For Anne Gregory (Deleted)

 

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