HOW MY BROTHER LEON BROUGHT HOME A WIFE

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HOW MY BROTHER LEON BROUGHT HOME A WIFE By: Manuel E. Arguilla
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR???
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Manuel Estabillo Arguilla (1911-1944) was born on June 17, 1911 in Nagrebcan, Bauang, La Union to parent Crisanto Arguilla, a farmer and Margarita Estabillo,, a potter. He was an Ilokano writer and he is known for his short story “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife” which won first prize in Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940. He studied at University of the Philippines where he finished BS Education in 1993.
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He married Lydia Villanueva, another talented writer in English. He secretly organized a guerilla intelligence unit against the Japanese. In October 1944 at the age of 33, he was captured, tortured and executed by the Japanese army at Fort Santiago. He often portrayed the life of the ordinary Ilocano farmer in his short stories. Stories about farmers, rural scenes and the Ilocano way of life can be read in his stories.
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His famous works: 1. Midsummer 10. The Maid, the Man, and the Wife 2. Heat 11. Elias 3. Morning in Nagrebcan 12. Felisa 4. Ato 13. Imperfect Farewell 5. A Son Is Born 14. Caps and Lower Case 6. The Strongest Man 15. The Long Vacation 7. Mr. Alisangco 16. The Socialists 8. Though Young He Is Married 17. Rice 9. Epilogue to Revolt 18. Apes and Men
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She stepped down from the carretela of Ca Celin with a quick, delicate grace. She was lovely. SHe was tall. She looked up to my brother with a smile, and her forehead was on a level with his mouth.
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"You are Baldo," she said and placed her hand lightly on my shoulder. Her nails were long, but they were not painted. She was fragrant like a morning when papayas are in bloom. And a small dimple appeared momently high on her right cheek. "And this is Labang of whom I have heard so much." She held the wrist of one hand with the other and looked at Labang, and Labang never stopped chewing his cud. He swallowed and brought up to his mouth more cud and the sound of his insides was like a drum.
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I laid a hand on Labang's massive neck and said to her: "You may scratch his forehead now." She hesitated and I saw that her eyes were on the long, curving horns. But she came and touched Labang's forehead with her long fingers, and Labang never stopped chewing his cud except that his big eyes half closed. And by and by she was scratching his forehead very
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My brother Leon put down the two trunks on the grassy side of the road. He paid Ca Celin twice the usual fare from the station to the edge of Nagrebcan. Then he was standing beside us, and she turned to him eagerly. I watched Ca Celin, where he stood in front of his horse, and he ran his fingers through its forelock and could not keep his eyes away from her.
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"Maria---" my brother Leon said. He did not say Maring. He did not say Mayang. I knew then that he had always called her Maria and that to us all she would be Maria; and in my mind I said 'Maria' and it was a beautiful name.
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