Blas-Dodong’s son. He was as eager as his father in experiencing a married life without imagining the responsibilities it entailed.Toña-Blas’ significant other. Father-Dodong’s father who was powerless to persuade Dodong to rethink of his decisions.Mother -Dodong’s mother who helped him take care of his pregnant wife.Themes:1. Youth lost at a young age and the burden of rearing a family.2. Innocence lost and the setting in of reality.3. The vicious cycle of poverty and hardships that trouble many a Filipino rural familyImportant Events:1. Dodong, after toiling the fields, decided to go home and talk to his family regarding his decision to marry Teang2. His father questioning his decision about marrying at a young age, although he did not directlymention this concern. The only visible reaction that betrays his father’s disapproval of the marriage is his pained expression and relative silence about the matter.3. Teang is pregnant and is in the throes of giving birth. Somehow, Dodong felt ashamed and thought that he took was is not rightfully his. Dodong’s mother helps in the process of giving birth.4. Years later, after many children born from their marriage, Blas, Dodong’s son ask his father’s blessing for his own marriage. Dodong felt sorry and regret as nostalgia sets in. He too felt powerless as his son’s youth overpowers his better judgment.The Virgin (Kerima Polotan-Tuvera)Characters:Miss Mijares-The central figure in the story, she is a 34 year old unmarried woman, who used to take care of her ailing parent and was unable to establish any long lasting romantic relationship at her age. She was a pale, thin woman, who dresses up in a way that would make her appear more youthful than she really was.Nameless man-This person apparently got Miss Mijares’ attention. He was attractive to her and eventually, the story suggests that they ended in a romantic even sensual relationship. He barely finished school and he has a child out of wedlock.
Ato-The foreman in the company where Miss Mijares works, he supervises the nameless ‘man’s’ work and dictates the amount he gets paid for.Themes:1. Loneliness is often masked by anger, detachment, frank attitude, and lack of empathy.2. A person’s inability to see the brighter side of life will often result to self-pity and hopelessness.3. Age is unbearable only to those who allow themselves to be fooled by its weight.Important events:1. Miss MIjares, a woman in her 30s, supervises work in a construction company. Despite her effort to look young, she was described as irritable and lacking courtesy towards would be employees and her looks betray what may be a less romantic life.2. A flashback of sorts was narrated. Miss Mijares rides a jeepney for traveling in which she imagines things that she could have experienced had she not followed her current path which is to finish college, take care of her nephews, and take care of an ailing mother.