A Letter to God, Class 10 CBSE English Lesson Summary

A Letter to God

The story, “A Letter to God” is G.L Fuentes revolves around the idea of having unquestionable belief in something.

The story is set in a “Latin American country“.

“Lencho”, the ‘farmer’, who is the protagonist of the story, writes a letter to God seeking help from the almighty after discovering his entire crop yield destroyed by a devastating hailstorm.

His wishes get fulfilled partially, if not completely, he is ungrateful in the end and questions the honesty and modesty of the post-masters who actually helped him with money “Anonymously” in the name of god.

A Letter to God Summary The story, “A Letter to God” written by G.L. Fuentes depicts unwavering faith of a farmer in God.

It begins with a farmer, named Lencho expecting for a rain shower to nourish his field of corn. He is confident that his harvest is going to yield him huge profits just like it does every year.

To his utmost excitement, rainfall did happen but sooner, it turned into a hailstorm destroying his entire crop field.

The damage posed a threat to the family’s survival as their entire livelihood was dependent on the year’s produce.

Although disheartened, the family had robust belief in the almighty. Lencho, despite having worked day and night at the field, knew how to write and thus, decided to write a letter to God explaining his situation and asking for help.

He went to town to post his letter addressed “To God”. The letter on being noticed by the postmaster, at first amused him, but then motivated him want to do something for the farmer so as to keep his immense belief intact.

On having found the letter, the writer (Lencho) is not at all shocked, but instead, he gets angry on finding that the amount is less than what he had expected.

He contributes from his salary and collects money from his colleagues and friends who willingly contributed for an act of charity. To his dismay, he could only collect 70 pesos which he wrapped in an envelope to make it seem like a reply from the deity.

He again writes a letter to God conveying his disappointment and distrust in the employees of the post office who he thought had stolen the remaining amount.

Q:- Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why/Why not?

ANSWER:

No, Lencho does not try to find out who had sent the money to him.
Because he never suspected that it could be anybody else other than God who would send him the money.
And His faith in God was so strong that he believed that God had sent him the money.

Q:- Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?

ANSWER:
The postmaster sent money to Lencho in order to keep Lencho’s faith in God alive.

He turned serious when he read Lencho’s letter and wished he had the same faith in God. Even after he saw that Lencho had requested for money.
he stuck to his resolution of answering the letter.
He gathered as much money he could and sent it to Lencho.
And His faith in God was so strong so that Lencho’s faith would not get shaken.

Q:- Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentences in the story tell you this?

ANSWER:
Lencho had complete strong faith in God. The sentences in the story that show this are as follows:

(i) It said: “God: of the money that I asked for, only seventy pesos reached me. Send me the rest, since I need it very much.”

(ii) all the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope: the help of God, whose eyes, as he had been instructed, see everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience.

(iii) He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, put the letter inside and, still troubled, went to town.

(iv) “God,” he wrote, “if you don’t help me, my family and I will go hungry this year.”

(v) God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested, so that Lencho’s faith would not get shaken.

(vi) But in the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house in the middle of the valley, there was a single hope: help from God.

Q:-
Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money? What is the irony in the situation?

ANSWER:
Lencho thought that the post office employees had taken the rest of the money. The irony of the situation was that the employees whom he called a “bunch of crooks”.
and suspected of taking some of the money were the same people who had contributed and sent to him the money in the first place.

Q:- Who read the letter?

ANSWER:
When the postman saw that the letter was addressed to God, he laughed and took the letter to the postmaster, who then read it.
“The postmaster read the letter.”

Q:- What did the postmaster do then?

ANSWER:
In order to keep the writer’s faith in God alive, the postmaster decided to answer the letter. When he read that Lencho needed hundred pesos, he asked for money from his employees.
He himself (The postmaster ) gave a part of his salary.
He could not gather the entire amount, but managed to send Lencho a little more than half the amount.
He put the money in an envelope addressed to Lencho and signed it is ‘God’.

Q;- Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?

ANSWER:
The postmaster sent money to Lencho in order to keep Lencho’s faith in God is alive.
He turned serious when he read Lencho’s letter and wished he had the same faith in God.
Even after he saw that he ( Lencho ) had requested for money, he stuck to his resolution of answering the letter.
He gathered as much money as he could and sent it to Lencho.
He signed it ‘God’ so that Lencho’s faith would not get shaken.

Q:- Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why/Why not?

ANSWER:
No, Lencho does not try to find out who had sent the money to him.
This is because he never suspected that it could be anybody else other than the ‘God’ who would send him the money.
His faith in God was so strong that he believed that God had sent him the money.

Q:- Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it?

ANSWER:
No. Lencho was not at all surprised to see the letter from God with money inside it.
Lencho confidence and faith in God was such that he had expected that reply from God.

Q:- What made him angry?

ANSWER:
He got angry when he counted the money. There were only seventy pesos in the envelope.
He was confident that the God could neither make a mistake nor deny him what he had requested.
he concluded that the post office employees must have taken the remaining thirty pesos.

A Letter to God, Class 10 CBSE English Lesson Summary

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