Lencho was a dedicated(hardworking) agriculturist(farmer). He was expecting a decent(adequate) harvest yet sadly; a hail storm came and destroyed his harvest. Lencho was very sad he had a strong belief in God. He was sure that God would definitely help him. He was an extremely straightforward man. He composed(drafted) a letter to God. In the letter, he asks God to send him one hundred pesos. At that point, he went to the post office and put the letter into the post box,
The postman removed the letter from the letter-box. He read the address on it and laughed badly when he rushed to the postmaster and demonstrated to him that strange letter. The postmaster also chuckled(laugh quietly) in the same way when he saw the address of God. When he read the letter, he got very serious. He lauded(admired) this man who had extraordinary confidence in God. He decided to help him. He asked the employees of the post office to give money. He gave a part of his salary. But they were able to collect only a little more than half the money requested for by Lencho. The postmaster put the money in an envelope and addressed it to Lechno. Next Sunday, Lencho came again to the post-office. He asked if there was any letter for him. The postmaster took out the letter and gave it to Lencho. Lencho was not surprised at seeing the money. But when he counted the money, he became angry. He thought that God could not have made a mistake. He took paper and ink and wrote another letter to God. Then he put the letter into the letter-box.
After Lencho had gone, the postmaster and the employees read the letter. Lencho had complained to God that he had received only seventy pesos. This time he requested God to send him the rest of the money also. But he asked God not to send the money through the mail. He wrote that the post-office employees were a ‘bunch of crooks’.
Short Summary (2)
- Lencho a Farmer: Lencho was a farmer. His house was the only one in the entire valley. It was on the top of a hill. His fields needed a good harvest. He was looking towards the sky hoping for rain. During the meal, big drops of rain began to fall. He went out to feel the rain on his body.
- Raindrops Like Coins: Lencho was satisfied. The drops of rain were like coins. The big drops were ten-cent pieces and the little ones were worth five each. Suddenly, a strong wind began to blow. Lencho was worried.
- Raining of Huge Hailstones: Along with the rain came very large hailstones. They truly did resemble silver coins. The house, the fields and the hill-side were covered with the white hails. Not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was totally destroyed. So were the flowers. Lencho was sorrowful. They would have no corn that year.
- Single Hope — Help from God: Lencho thought that there was only one hope. It was the help from God. The following Sunday, he wrote a letter to God. He wrote that if he did not help, his whole family would die. He needed a hundred pesos in order to sow his field again and to live until the new crop came. He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, placed a stamp on it and dropped it into the mailbox.
- Strange Address: One of the postman who read the address laughed heartily and took it to the postmaster. The postmaster was quite a friendly and pleasant man. He too broke out laughing. But soon he became serious. He realised that the sender of the letter had great faith in God. He didn’t want to shake the writer’s faith in God. He decided to answer the letter.
- Help from the Postmaster: The generous postmaster collected money from his employees. He himself gave a part of his salary. He put seventy pesos, all the money he could collect, in an envelope and sent it to Lencho by mail.
- Lencho’s Anger Against Post Office Employees: Lencho had a firm and unshaken faith in God. He did expect help from God. When he received the money, he was not surprised. But his happiness was just for some moments. When he counted the money, he became very angry. He believed that God could never deceive him. Immediately, he wrote a second letter to God and posted it. The postmaster opened the letter eagerly. Lencho wrote that he received seventy pesos that had been sent by God. He requested God to send him the rest of the money. He asked God not to send the money through the mail. The post-office employees were ‘a bunch of crooks’.
- Letter to god:(justification of title): It totally justifies the title because Lencho has an unshakable trust for God.The title shows a poor and hardworking farmer who has written a letter to God for helping his family from starvation because of loss of destroyed crops and wanted some money from God and he was assured that God will certainly help him.
Main Points of the Story
- Lencho was a farmer.
- His house was the only house in the valley and on the top of a hill.
- Lencho’s fields needed rain for a good harvest.
- He looked expectantly(hopefully) at the sky and it did rain at last.
- The drops of rain were like the coins for him.
- But his happiness was short-lived as very large hailstones began to fall after the rain.
- The hailstones destroyed all the leaves on the trees, plants and flowers.
- There would be no crop that year.
- There was a single hope: help from God.
- On the following Sunday, he wrote a letter to God.
- He needed a hundred pesos to sow his fields again and to live until the new crop came.
- He wrote 'To God' on the envelope and put the letter into the mailbox.
- The postman laughed heartily and took it to the postmaster.
- The postmaster laughed too but soon he became serious.
- He decided to reply to the letter and help Lencho.
- He collected seventy pesos only from his employees and himself contributed a part of his salary.
- He put the money in an envelope and posted it to Lencho.
- Lencho had an unbroken faith in God and he was not surprised when he received the money.
- His happiness was turned into anger as there were thirty pesos short of the money.
- Lencho could never believe that God could ever deceive him.
- So, he wrote another letter to God reminding him that he received only 70 pesos sent by him.
- He asked God not to send the rest of 30 pesos through the mail as the post office employees were a ‘bunch of crooks’.