In the English First Flight textbook for Class 10th, “A Letter to God” is the first chapter which is prose. Aasoka provides NCERT Solutions for Class 10th English, prepared by subject matter experts, which help understand the topic better to perform well in exams.
“A Letter to God”, a story by G. L. Fuentes, is a story about a farmer, Lencho, who writes a letter to God to ask for help after his entire crop yield is destroyed by a devastating hailstorm. God fulfills his wishes partially because of which he remains ungrateful and questions the honesty of the postmasters who anonymously help him with the money in the name of God. Get NCERT Solutions for the “A Letter to God” chapter at Aasoka.
Who does Lencho have complete faith in ? What sentences in the story tell you this ?
Lencho has complete faith in God. The following sentences in the story show his complete faith in God.
‘Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money; such was his confidence ......... .
God could not have made a mistake, nor could He have denied Lencho what he had requested.’
Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho ? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’ ?
The postmaster is deeply moved by Lencho’s faith in God. He doesn’t want to shake this faith. That is why he sends him the money. He signs the letter ‘God’ to make Lencho believe that the money has been sent by God.
Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him ? Why / Why not ?
No, he made no such attempt. He was certain that the money had been sent by no one else but God.
Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money ? What is the irony in the situation ?
(Remember that the irony of a situation is an unexpected aspect of it. An ironic situation is strange or amusing because it is the opposite of what is expected.)
Lencho thinks that the post office people have taken the money. It is the post office people who send the money to Lencho. But, on the other hand, Lencho thinks they have stolen his money. He calls them crooks. Thus there is an element of irony in this situation.
Are there people like Lencho in the real world ? What kind of a person would you say he is ?
You may select appropriate words given below to answer the question.
Greedy, naïve, stupid, ungrateful,
selfish, comical, unquestioning
I don’t think there can be any such people in the real world. Lencho is literate and yet he doesn’t know how his letter will reach God without any address. The story makes good reading but it doesn’t appear to be a real story. I think Lencho can be described as a naive, comical and unquestioning kind of person.
There are two kinds of conflict in the story : between humans and nature, and between humans themselves. How are these conflicts illustrated ?
Nature supports man in a variety of ways, but sometimes it becomes very terrible also. So is the case between humans themselves. They help each other in times of need, but they can be cruel and hardhearted also. It is only in their ignorance that they hate each other.