A Letter to God
· Written by Gegorio Lopez y Fuentes, a Mexican novelist, a fisherman by profession
· It depicts unwavering / unquestionable faith of Lencho in God.
· The story also portrays an incessant struggle between humanity and nature which has been foiling human endeavours and devastating his dreams since eternity.
Summary / Synopsis
· Lencho was a poor farmer who lived on the top of a hill.
· He prayed for rain showers for a good crop in his corn field.
· It started raining making him happy and his children dance in the rain.
· He compared rain drops to new coins as good rain would result in good crop. He started dreaming that good crop of corn would make him rich.
· Suddenly the rain drops turned into hail stones which he compared to silver coins.
· It appeared as if his field is covered with salt. He thought even the locusts could have left something but the hail storm destroyed his entire crop.
· Now, he was worried how he would feed his family.
· Since he had robust faith in God, he decided to write a letter to God.
· He explained his condition and requested God to send him 100 pesos.
· He addressed his letter ‘To God’ and went to the post office to post it.
· The post master noticed it and was amused to find that it was addressed to God. He could not restrain his curiosity and started reading it.
· The Post Master, being a genuine person, was moved by Lencho’s problem and his faith in God and decided to help him by sending the money.
· He motivated his colleagues to contribute but could only collect 70 pesos. He put the money in an envelope and sent it on Lencho’s address.
· When Lencho received the envelope, he was not at all shocked; he knew the reply with money will come as he had immense faith in God.
· But, when he counted the money and found only 70 pesos, he got angry with post office employees as he believed God can’t commit mistake.
· He wrote to God, again. He wrote that the post office employees are ‘a bunch of crooks’ who had stolen his 30 pesos and suggested God that next time he should not send money through post office.
The Post Master and other employees who displayed high sense of charity and spirit of compassion and helped Lencho ignoring their own needs and expenses deserved great admiration and applause. However, their generosity and sincere efforts were abused and questioned by the same Lencho who called them as ‘ a bunch of crooks’.
Important Question Answers
Important Question Answers
Q1. Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money? What is irony in the situation?
Ans. Lencho thinks that post office employees have taken the rest of the money. He demanded hundred pesos from God and received only seventy pesos. He cannot doubt God and, is certain that God must have given full amount and post office employees have stolen the rest of his money, therefore, called them ‘a bunch of crooks’.
It is very ironical that the people who should be praised and awarded for their charitable spirit and self-sacrificing nature are being abused, distrusted and condemned. We, as readers feel unable to decide whether to laugh at the innocence and foolishness of Lencho or feel sorry at the sad state of goodness being abused.
Q2. Draw a character sketch of Lencho with reference to the story ‘A Letter to God.
Ans. Lencho, a poor farmer possesses unquestionable and unshakeable faith in God. He is also naïve as he strongly believes in what he has been learning and nourishing since his childhood. He has nourished a belief that if God has given us birth, he would feed us, too. Such people are difficult to be changed or moulded. He is literate enough to write his name and letter. Nevertheless, he is very innocent and doesn’t question his beliefs. He doesn’t try to find out how he received the money, neither he bothers to think how his letter would reach God. The people like Lencho might exist in this world and we might find it difficult to accept them.