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The house — the only one in the entire valley — sat on the crest of a low hill. From this height one could see the river and the field of ripe corn dotted with the flowers that always promised a good harvest. The only thing the earth needed was a downpour or at least a shower. Throughout the morning Lencho — who knew his fields intimately — had done nothing else but see the sky towards the north-east.



The story begins with the description of the setting. The narrator says that there is a house perched on the peak of a tiny hill. The word "the" suggests that the house is of prominence-- it must belong to the protagonist of the story. The narrator also explains that it is the only house found in the valley.


From where the house stood, the river and a field of ripe corn were visible. The field of ripe corn was dotted with flowers, which implies that a good harvest could be expected. The word "dotted" doesn't mean that the flowers are tiny, but instead, they appeared "like dots" from the distance where the house (and the narrator) stood.


Moving forward, the narrator also explains how all that the earth needed was rain, a downpour or at the very least a shower. Towards the end of the first paragraph, the narrator introduces the protagonist-- Lencho. The narrator claims that he knew his fields very well, like the back of his hand. The sentence tells us that Lencho is a farmer, and that the house on the valley and the corn field belonged to him.


The narrator also adds that Lencho had spent the entire morning staring at the sky to the north-east.


He was looking at the sky, hoping for some good rain. A rain would lead to a good harvest, on which his livelihood is depended on.


Meanings of difficult words:
Sl. No
ValleyA low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it
CrestThe top of a mountain or hill
RipeHaving arrived at the fitting stage or time for a particular action or purpose
DownpourA heavy fall of rain
ShowerA brief and usually light fall of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
IntimatelyIn a way that involves detailed knowledge

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..