chapter 1 - BEFORE YOU READ They say faith can move...

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B EFORE Y OU R EAD They say faith can move mountains. But what should we put our faith in? This is the question this story delicately poses. Lencho is a farmer who writes a letter to God when his crops are ruined, asking for a hundred pesos. Does Lencho’s letter reach God? Does God send him the money? Think what your answers to these questions would be, and guess how the story continues, before you begin to read it. Activity 1. One of the cheapest ways to send money to someone is through the post office. Have you ever sent or received money in this way? Here’s what you have to do. (As you read the instructions, discuss with your teacher in class the meanings of these words: counter, counter clerk, appropriate, acknowledgement, counterfoil, record. Consult a dictionary if necessary. Are there words corresponding to these English words in your languages?)
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2 First Flight 2. Fill out the Money Order form given below using the clues that follow the form.
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A Letter to God 3 T HE 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. “Now we’re really going to get some water, woman.” The woman who was preparing supper, replied, “Yes, God willing”. The older boys were working in the field, while the smaller ones were playing near the house until the woman called to them all, “Come for dinner”. It was during the meal that, just as crest top of a hill • Think about who you will send the money to, and how much. You might want to send money for a magazine subscription, or to a relative or a friend. • Or you may fill out the form with yourself as sender and your partner as receiver. Use a part of your pocket money, and submit the form at the nearest post office to see how it’s done. See how your partner enjoys getting money by post! • Notice that the form has three parts — the Money Order form, the part for official use and the Acknowledgement. What would you write in the ‘Space for Communication’? Now complete the following statements. (i) In addition to the sender, the form has to be signed by the (ii) The ‘Acknowledgement’ section of the form is sent back by the post office to the after the signs it. (iii) The ‘Space for Communication’ section is used for (iv) The form has six sections. The sender needs to fill out sections and the receiver
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4 First Flight Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. In the north-east huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. The air was fresh and sweet. The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body, and when he returned he exclaimed, ‘‘These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins. The big drops are ten cent pieces and the little ones
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGLISH 3en taught by Professor Rickyharris during the Fall '10 term at Central European University.

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