Not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the plants. Lencho’s soul was filled with sadness. When the storm had passed, he stood in the middle of the field and said to his sons, “A plague of locusts would have left more than this. The hail has left nothing. This year we will have no corn.’’
The narrator then takes the readers further through the garden and the field to demonstrate the effect of hail. He explains that the trees had lost all of their leaves. The corn was completely ruined. The corn blossoms that had promised a good harvest were destroyed beyond recognition. Lencho's heart felt heavy with grief. He stood in the midst of the field after the storm passed, telling his boys, "A plague of locusts would have left more than this." The hail has obliterated everything, and he explained to his sons, but more to himself, that they won't have any corn that year.
We could observe how the promising clouds that Lencho had observed in the first paragraph had turned into a destructive force by now. The story, beginning with a positive note, took a turn for the worse.
|Plague||An unusually large number of insects or animals infesting a place and causing damage|
|Locust||A large, mainly tropical grasshopper with strong powers of flight. It is usually solitary, but from time to time there is a population explosion and it migrates in vast swarms which cause extensive damage to vegetation|
|Hail||Pellets of frozen rain which fall in showers from cumulonimbus clouds|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). First Flight. A Letter to God-G.L.Fuentes (pg. 1 - 7). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi..