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A Letter to God
Lencho, a hardworking farmer, faces ruin because of a calamity. He turns to God in
distress and writes a letter asking Him to send money. Will He answer Lenchos letter?

The house - the only one in the entire valley sat on the crest1 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 things the earth needed was a downpour2 or atleast a shower. Throughout the morning
Lencho-who knew his fields intimately-had done nothing else but see the sky towards the northeast.
Now were 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 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 Lencho had predicted,
big drops of rain began to fall. In the northeast 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
1- peak ridge 2- deluge heavy rainfall

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the rain on his body, and when he returned he exclaimed. These arent raindrops falling from the sky,
they are new coins. The big drops are the ten-cent pieces and the little ones are fives.
With a satisfied expression he regarded the field of ripe corn with its flowers draped in a curtain
of rain. But suddenly a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began
to fall. These truly did resemble new silver coins . The boys exposing themselves to the rain, ran out to
collect the frozen pearls.
Its really getting bad now, exclaimed the man. I hope it passes quickly. It did not pass
quickly. For an hour the hail rained on the house, the garden, the hillside, the cornfied, on the whole
valley. The field was white, as if covered with salt. Not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was
totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the plants. Lenchos soul was filled with sadness, When
the storm had passed, he stood in the middle of the field and said to his sons, A plague of locusts3
would have left more than this. The hail has left nothing. This year we will have no corn.
That night was a sorrwful one.
All our work, for nothing.
Theres no one who can
help us.
Well all go hungry this
year.
But in the hearts of all who
lived in that solitary4 house in the
middle of the valley. there was a
single hope, help from God.
Dont be so upset even
though this seems like a total loss.
Remember no one dies of hunger.
That is what they say: no
one dies of hunger.
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 ones conscience. Lencho was
an ox of a man5, working like an
animal in the fields. but still he knew
how to write. The following
Sunday at day break he began to
3. a swarm of large insects that destroy all the crops. 4. lonely

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write a letter which he himself would carry to town and place in the mail.
It was nothing less than a letter to God.
God, he wrote, if you dont help me, my family and I will go hungry this year. I need a hundred
pesos6 in order to sow my field again and to live until the crop comes, because the hailstorm...
He wrote, To God on the envelope, put the letter inside and, still troubled, went to town. At the
post office, he placed a stamp on the letter and dropped it into the mailbox.
One of the employees who was a postman and also helped at the post office, went to his boss
laughing heartily and showed him the letter to God. Never in his career as a postman had he known that
address. The post master a fat, amiable7 fellow - also broke out laughing, but almost immediately he
turned serious and, tapping the letter on his desk, commented What faith ! I wish I had the faith of the
man who wrote this letter Starting up a correspondence with God !
So, in order not to shake the writers faith in God the postmaster came up with an idea: answer
the letter. But when he opened it, it was evident that to answer it he needs something more than
goodwill. ink and paper. But he stuck to his resolution8 : he asked for money from his employees, he
himself gave part of his salary, and several friends of his were obliged to give something for an act of
charity9.
It was impossible for him to gather together the hundred pesos, so he was able to send the
farmer only a little more than half. He put the money in an envelope addressed to Lencho and with it a
letter containing only a single word as a signature : God.
The following Sunday Lencho came a bit earlier than usual to ask if there was a letter for him. It
was the postman himself who handed the letter to him while the postmaster, experiencing the contentment10
of a man who has performed a good deed, looked on from his office.
Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money : such was his confidence-but he
became angry when he counted the money. God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have
denied Lencho what he had requested.
Immediately, Lencho went up to the window to ask for paper and ink. On the public writing
table, he started to write, with much wrinking of his brow, caused by the effort, he had to make to
express his ideas. When he finished he went to the window to buy a stamp which he licked and then
affixed to the envelope with a blow of his fist. The moment the letter fell into the mailbox the postmaster
went to open it. It said : God : Of the money that I asked for, only seventy pesos13 reached me. Send
me the rest, since I need it very much. But dont send it to me through the mail because the post office
employees are a bunch of crooks12. Lencho.
- G. L. Fuentes

5 - a tough man 6 - the currency of Lenchos country. 7 - friendly 8- promise 9- donations for the needy
10 - satisfaction. 11 - painstakingly, laboriously 12- criminals. 13-the unit of money in many Latin American countries
and the Philippines.

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A.

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words given in the box :
resemble, plague, slightest , surprise, bunch of, shower, down pour, swarm

1.

These truly didnew silver coins.

2.

A _________ of locusts could have left more than this.

3.

Lencho showed not the _________on seeing the money.

4.

The post office employees are a __________ crooks.

5.

The only thing the earth needed was a ______ or at least a ______.

B.

gle adjective can stand for different meaning


gs.
Do you know a sing
gs of each phrase g iven below :
Now write the correct meaning
(a) a bright student.

________________

a bright light.

________________

a clear river. _____________

a bright colour.

________________

a clear sound. _____________

(e) a light vehicle.

________________

a light colour.
a light meal.

(b)

(d)

a clear sky.

_____________

a fair tackle.

_____________

________________

a fair price.

_____________

________________

a fair skin.

_____________

(C)

G
God could not have made a mistake. nor could he have denied Lencho what he had
ght of this statement.
requested. Sketch the character of Lencho in the lig

A.

g questions in one or two sentences each.


Answer the following
1.

Where was Lenchos house situated ?

2.

What crop did he sow ?

3.

What hope was left in Lenchos heart after the storm ?

4.

What did Lencho ask God in his letter ?

5.

How did the postmaster feel handing the letter to Lencho ?

6.
What was Lenchos first reaction on opening the letter ?
g questions in two to four sentences each.
Answer the following

B.

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1.

How did the storm affect Lencho ?

2.

What made the postmaster open Lenchos letter ?


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3.

What did he do to help Lencho ?

4.

What did Lencho ask God in his second letter ?

Active Voice

g sentences :
Read the following
(i)

(ii)

Note -

She
Sub

is
verb

writing

the story.
object

The story

is

being

written

by her

(Sub)

(Is am/are

+being

+ Verb III)

object

He

has written

the letter

Sub

(action)

obj.

The letter

has

been

written

by him,.

(Sub)

(has/have

+ been

+Verb III)

object

Write the changes you have noticed while changing from active voice to passive voice.

Passive Voice
Present Continuos Tense
Active

Passive

Ravi is making a kite.


She is advising me.

A kite is being made by Ravi.


I am being advised by her.

They are cutting the trees.

The trees are being cut by them.

Past continuous Tense


Active
I was writing an essay.
They were drawing a picture.

Passive
An essay was being written.
A picture was being drawn.

He was writing some articles.

Some artictes were being writeen by him.

Present perfect Tense


Active

Passive

Rita has caught a rat.

A rat has been caught by Rita.

They have seen this article.

This article has been seen by them.

She has chosen these mugs.

These mugs have been chosen by her.


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Past perfect Tense


Active

Passive

They had cut the trees.

The trees had been cut.

I had wasted the money.

The money had been wasted.

She had made Some pictures.

Some pictures had been made by her.

Exercise : Chang
ge into passive :
1.

My mother is making tea.

2.

They are praising her .

3.

Rina was doing her assignment.

4.

They were making flowers.

5.

She has lost her cell phone.

6.

I have bought all the gifts.

7.

He had done his classwork.

8.

He has finished his lesson.

9.

They were writing poetry.

10.

We have learnt all rules .

ge the followig
g into passive voice. The tenses to be used are given within
Exercise : Chang
brackets.

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1.

This picture (always admire) - [present. ]

2.

His leg (hurt) in an accident [past indefinite.]

3.

This exercise (do very) carefully - [Present Continuous]

4.

The box (not open) for the last hundred years. - [Present pefect]

5.

Two of my dinner plates (break) - [Present perfect]

6.

A big battle (fight) have 200 years ago - [Past indefinite]

7.

You invite to lunch tomorrow - [Present perfect]

8.

This play (forget) in a few years time - [Future indefinite]

9.

Enlglish (Speak) all over the world. - [Present indefinite]


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10.

Were questions (ask) about me ? - [ Past indefinite ]

11.

Milk (use) for making butter and cheese - [Present indefinite]

12.

You (want) to help lay the table - [Present. indefinite]

13.

The piano (play) for too loudly [Past indefinite]

14.

What (do) about this ? [Present Perfect]

15.

The book (finish) next month ? [Future indefinite]

g sentences :
Read the following

Active Voice

Passive Voice

Mr. Rao is to clarify our


doubts in grammar

Doubts in grammar are to be


clarified by Mr. Rao.

We can solve this problem

This problem can be solved.

Somebody should have cleaned the


yesterday.

The window should have been cleaned windows


yesterday.

It is said that he is hundred years old.

He is said to be hundred year old.

It is reported that two people were


killed in the explosion

Two people were reported to have been killed


in explosion

It is expected that the strike will


begin tomorrow

The strike is expected to begin tomorrow.

People say that its very good

It is supposed to be very good.

ges you have found while chang


ging
g from active voice to passive voice.
Write the chang
Exercise
Chang
ge these sentences into the passive in the same way.
1.

You should look all these words up in a dictionary

2.

We must go into this matter.

3.

You cannot take her in so easily.

4.

They locked the house up before they left.

5.

He wishes to see that they have carried out his instructions.

6.

People should send their complaints to the head office.

7.

People say that he writes poetry.

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Can you save the rabbit?


Teacher will show the picture chart to the class. Then he/ she will say that she asked:
Five people how they would rescue the rabbit from the well. This is what they said.

Alans idea
Get another pet rabbit. Put in the bucket. The bucket will go to the bottom of the well. The
first rabbit will jump into the bucket to be with its mate. Now pull the bucket quickly.
Williams idea
Put a carrot and a stone in the bucket at the top of the well. The bucket will go down to the
bottom of the well. The rabbit will smell the carrot. It will jump into the bucket. Now quickly
jump into the other bucket. This will go down very quickly. The rabbit will come to the top of the
well.
Lindas idea
Find some thin string. Tie the carrot onto the end. Lower the carrot down the well. The
rabbit will start eating the carrot. Pull the carrot slowly up. The rabbit will hold on tight with its
teeth. Quickly pull the carrot and the rabbit to the top of the well.
Samanthas idea
Put some stones into the bucket. It will go down to the bottom of the well. Climb into the
well. Grab the rope and climb down. Pick up the rabbit. Hold it tightly in your left hand. Climb
back up the rope.
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Sharons idea
Put a stone into the bucket at the top of the well. The bucket will go down the well. Drop
a lot of stones into the well. The water in the well will come up over the rock. The rabbit will jump
into the bucket to keep dry. Now pull up the bucket.
Would their ideas work, If not why not?
Say your answer like this :
Alans idea wouldnt work because...........
Can you think of a better idea?

At the Railway station.


Prakash

Is there any train for Mumbai, please ?

Enquiry Clerk

Yes, the Punjab Mail is there.

Prakash

When does it leave for Mumbai ?

Enquiry Clerk

16:30, that is 4.30 in the evening.

Prakash

From which platform ?

Enquiry Clerk

Platform number one.

Prakash

Where can I get the ticket from ?

Enquiry Clerk

You can have it at the reservation counter.

Prakash

Thank you.

At the reservation counter


Prakash

A ticket to Mumbai please, how much ?

Ticket Clerk

Two hundred ten rupees, please.

Prakash

Here you are.

Ticket clerk

Do you have 10 rupees change.

Prakash

Oh sure take it.

Ticket clerk

Heres your ticket.

Prakash

Thank you.

Prakash at the platform


Prakash ( To a passenger) Whats the time, please ?
Passenger

Its ten past four.

Prakash

Oh, just 20 minutes left. is the train on time ?


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Passenger

I think so, because they havent announced any delay.

Prakash

What time does it reach Mumbai.

Passenger

8 Oclock in the morning if it is on time.

Prakash

Lets see. Thank you.

Pair Work : Practise the above dialogue Substitute railway station with bus stand taxi stand etc.,
make other necessary changes.

gParag
graph Writing
graph.
Essential features of a parag
A paragraph must have unity. All the sentences must devlop a single topic.
A paragraph must have coherence ie. the sentences must be arranged in a logical order.
A paragraph must have emphasis. The sentences must be so arranged that the main idea is
made clear and emphasized.
A system of reading for blind people was invented in 1829 by Louis Braille. The system is
named Braille after its inventor. It is a six dot system. Different arrangement of one, some or all
the dots stand for different letters of the alphabet. As the dots can be arranged to form a possible
63 different patterns they are used for punctuation, music and some short hand, as well as the 26
letters of the English alphabet.
- Hellen Keller the Story of My life.

Write in your words the main points of the paragraph given above.

Write a short paragraph on Education for the Blind.

Go to a post office. See the postmaster. Ask him to tell you the modes for remitting money to
your relatives.
Find out what other modes of remitting money are available nowadays.

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