The dogs that came to bark at the gate were strange dogs, big-mouthed animals with a sense of superiority.
Short Story Love in the Cornhusks by: Antonio Conejos Love in the cornhusks Love at the cornhusk with the illusions of love which are ultimately shattered quite abruptly as it turns out by the sordid mess which love so often leaves behind. Moreover, this fall from grace is emphasized by the marked physical difference in Tinang before and after her marriage.
Tinang was once in the service of a rich family but she was no run of the mill househelp, as made quite clear by the story. Her employers valued her services and treated her more as a peer than an employee. As such she easily banters with the son of her employer, Aba, you are so tall now, Tito.
The wife of the household even asks, When are you coming again before Tinang leaves. She thought herself above them for she was always neat and clean in her hometown, before she went away to work, she had gone to school and had reached sixth grade. Her skin, too, was not as dark as those of the girls who worked in the fields weeding around the clumps of abaca.
Her lower lip jutted out disdainfully when the farm hands spoke to her with many flattering words. Note too her potential is signified using material adjectives, neat and clean Indeed, Senora remarks, Even Tinang looks like a Bagobo now. Gone are the little luxuries, such as a pretty dress, for now her best dress is one she [Senora] had giver Tinang a long time ago.
Her beleaguered appearance masks her intelligence, to her chagrin. Thus she is crushed that he [the drugstore shopkeeper] should think her illiterate. The greatest indignity waits for her though at home Inggo, her husband, waiting for her, his body stinking of tuba and sweat, squatting on the floor, clad only in his foul undergarments.
It becomes clear that the root of this fall lies in her liaison with Amado.
Amado shares with Tinang the promise of potential. He is hardworking and skilled, as Senora reminisces, You remember what a good driver he was. The tractors were always kept in working condition. One the baby is dark, like Amado.
Two, Tinang disdained, Inggo, She laughed when a Bagobo with two hectares of land asked her to marry him. The only reason she would marry Inggo, again one can infer, is because she was an unmarried woman with child.
Her love though shines brilliantly upon her receipt of a letter from Amado, A flush spread over her face and crept into her body She pressed herself against the kamansi tree.
In this brief moment we see Titang as she was before, hopeful, full of promise, alight with the notions of a young girl with dreams for herself. Suddenly, all too quickly, she snaps back to reality when her baby is threatened.
Ultimately the airy dreams of love give way to the weight of reality. Tinang started violently and remembered her child. What Tinang has in the here and now is love for her baby and resigned devotion to her fate.
She has no time, and no life, left for Amado. Thus, Among the cornhusks, the letter fell unnoticed. Love in the Cornhusks benefits from close reading and is a good example of implied but not stated events and feelings.
I feel that the major plot point Amado leaving, which starts the cascade of events which leaves Tinang in her sorry state is contrived. Many students in school are asked to look at this story through a feminist view point and many readers make much of the snake. The story does fine with close reading and formalist analysis.
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Love in the Cornhusks 1. Aida-L. River-Ford Graduated with an AB degree, major in English, cum laude, at Siliman University Obtained an MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan Won the prestigious Jules and Avery Hopwood for fiction She taught at the University of Mindanao and Ateneo de Davao University for 11 .