A letter to god
‘A letter to God’ is a story of extreme faith in god. The writer had tried to depict the faith of a poor and simple farmer in god. Lencho was an honest and hard working farmer . Once there was a hailstorm. It destroyed his crop completely. Lencho had great faith to God. He asked God to send him money. The postmaster saw the letter. He decided to help Lencho. He collected some money. He put it inside the envelope. Lencho came to the post office to check his mail. The post office people gave him the envelope. Lencho opened the envelope. He took out the money and counted it. He found that it was less than he had asked for. He wrote another letter to God. He asked God to send him rest of the money. But he wanted God not to send the money through the mail. He considered them a bunch of crooks who had stolen thirty pesos from the hundred pesos sent by God.
short questions and answers
Q.1 What did Lencho hope for ?
Ans : He hoped that there would be a good shower of rain for his crop.
Q.2 Why did Lencho say the raindrops were like ‘new coins’ ?
Ans : Lencho hoped that these drops of rain would give him a good crop and then he would have a rich store of corn for his family. That was why he called the raindrops ‘new coins’.
Q.3 How did the rain change ? what happened to Lencho’s fields ?
Ans : The rain turned into hailstorm. It destroyed Lencho,s crop completely.
Q.4 Who or what did Lencho have faith in ? What did he do?
Ans : Lencho had faith in help from God. He wrote a letter to God saying that he needed a hundred pesos to sow his field again.
Q. 5 Who read the letter ?
Ans : It was the postmaster who read the letter ?
Q.6 What did the postmaster do then ?
Ans : The postmaster at first laughed. But then he became serious. He was deeply moved by the writer’s faith in God. He did not want to shake this faith. So he decided to collect the money and send it to Lencho.
Q.7 Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it ?
Ans : No, he was not at all surprised. He was certain that God would send him the money.
Q.8 What made him angry ?
Ans : Lencho had asked God for one hundred pesos. But he found only seventy pesos in the letter that he had received. He thought the post office people had stolen his money. It was this thought that made him angry.
text book questions and answers
Q.1. Who does Lencho have complete faith in ? What sentences in the story tell you this ?
Ans : Lencho has complete faith in God. The following sentences in the story show his complete faith in God : ‘ Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money; such was his confidence …….. . God could not have made .’
Q.2. Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho ? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?
Ans : The postmaster is deeply moved by Lencho’s faith in God. He doesn’t want to shake this faith. That is why he sends him the money. He signs the letter ‘God’ to make Lencho believe that the money has been sent by God.
Q.3. Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him ? Why / Why not?
Ans : No, he made no such attempt. He was certain that the money had been sent by none else but God only.
Q.4. Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money ? What is the irony in the situation ?
Ans : Lencho thinks that the post office people have taken the money. It is the post office people who send the money to Lencho. But, on the other hand, Lencho thinks they have stolen his money. He calls them crooks. Thus there is an element of irony in this situation.
Q.5. Are there people like Lencho in the real world? What kind of a person would you say he is ?
Ans : I don’t think there can be any such people in the real world. Lencho is literate and yet he dosen’t know how his letter will reach God without any address. The story makes good reading but it doesn’t sound to be a real story.
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