NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 1 – A Letter To God Part 1
Oral Comprehension Check
Q. What did Lencho hope for?
A. Lencho hoped for rains as the only thing that his field of ripe corn needed was a shower.
Q. Why did Lencho say the raindrops were like ‘new coins’?
A. Lencho’s crops required a good downpour before harvesting. Since, after a downpour, he could sell the harvest and get money, he compared the raindrops to ‘new coins’. Downpour was thus just like money.
Q. How did the rain change? What happened to Lencho’s fields?
A. Unfortunately, the pouring rain changed to hailstorm with strong winds. The hail, which rained on the valley for an hour completely devastated Lencho’s crops- with not a single leaf, left on the trees.
Q. What were Lencho’s feelings when the hail stopped?
A. Lencho’s was sad and said that even a plague of locusts would have done less damage than hailstorm. With no corn, he feared that the family would have to go hungry.
Q. Who or what did Lencho have faith in? What did he do?
A. Lencho had faith in god. He believed that all seeing God’s even know what’s in one’s conscience. He therefore wrote a letter to god requesting hundred pesos to sow his field again and live until the next crop.
Q. Who read the letter?
A. Postman saw the letter addressed to God. Laughing he took the letter to the postmaster, who also read it.
Q. What did the postmaster do then?
A. To keep the writer’s faith in God, the postmaster answered the letter. Upon reading Lencho’s request for hundred pesos, he asked for money from his employees and gave a part of his salary. He was able to send Lencho a little more than half the required amount by putting the money in an envelope addressed to Lencho and signed by ‘God’
Thinking About the Text
Q. Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentences in the story tell you this?
A. Lencho had complete faith in God as shown by following sentences:
(i) 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.
(ii) All through 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) “God,” he wrote, “if you don’t help me, my family and I will go hungry this year.”
(iv) He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, put the letter inside and, still troubled, and went to town.
(v) God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.
(vi) 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.”
Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?
A. The postmaster sent money to keep Lencho’s faith in God. He turned serious after reading Lencho’s letter wishing the same faith in God. Even though Lencho had requested money, he answered the letter. He sent as much money as he could arrange to Lencho inside a letter signed ‘God’.
Q. Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why/Why not?
A. No, Lencho never suspected that it could be anybody else other than God who would send him the money and hence he made no effort to find the actual source of funds.
Q. Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money? What is the irony in the situation?
[Remember that the irony of a situation is an unexpected aspect of it. An ironic situation is strange
or amusing because it is the opposite of what is expected.]
A. Lencho thought that the post office employees had taken the rest of the money and called them called a “bunch of crooks”. The irony is that the postmaster was the one who contributed and sent him the money.
Q. Are there people like Lencho in the real world? What kind of a person would you say he is? You
may select appropriate words from the box to answer the question.
A. There are a few people like Lencho in the real world. He is an unquestioning, naïve person.