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Lencho became very sad because all his crops were destroyed. He was very upset and worried thinking about what will he eat now. He could sense his dark future where he won't be able to feed his family in the year ahead.
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Using negatives for Emphasis:
We know that sentences with words such as no, not or nothing show that absence of something or contradict something.
(a) This year we will have no Corn. (Corn will be absent.)
(b) The hail has left nothing (Absence of a crop).
(c) These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins. (Contradicts the common idea of what the drops of water falling from the sky are).
But sometimes negative words are used just to emphasize an idea.
Look at these sentences from the story:
(d) Lencho had done nothing else but see the sky towards the north-east (He had done only this).
(e) The man went but for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body. (He had only this reason.)
(f) Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money. (He showed no surprise at all.)
Now look back at example (c). Notice that the contradiction in fact serves to emphasize the value or usefulness of the rain to the farmer.
Find sentences in the story with negative words, which express the following ideas emphatically.
1. The trees lost all there leaves.
2. The letter was addressed to God himself.
3. The postman saw this address for the first time in his career.
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Notice how the word ‘hope’ is used in these sentences from the story.
(a) I hope it (the hailstorm) passes quickly.
(b) There was a single hope: help from God. In the first example, ‘hope’ is a verb which means you wish for something to happen. In the second example, it is a noun meaning a chance for something to happen.
Match the sentence in Column A with the meaning of ‘hope’ in column B.
Look at the following sentence from the story:
Suddenly a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began to fall.
‘Hailstones’ are small balls of ice that fall like rain. A storm in which hailstones fall is a ‘hailstorm’. You know that a storm is bad weather with strong winds, rains, thunder and lightning.
There are different names in different parts of the world for storms, depending on their nature. Can you match the names in the box with their description below, and fill in the blanks? You may use a dictionary for help.
gale, whirlwind, cyclone, hurricane, tornado, typhoon
1. A violent tropical storm in which strong winds move in a circle: _ _c_ _ _.
2. An extremely strong wind: _a_ _.
3. A violent tropical storm with very strong winds: _ _p_ _ _ _.
4. A violent storm whose center is a cloud in the shape of a funnel: _ _ _n_ _ _.
5. A violent storm with very strong winds, especially in the western Atlantic Ocean: _ _ _r_ _ _ _ _.
6. A very strong wind that moves very fast in a spinning movement and causes a lot of damage: _ _ _ _l_ _ _ _.NCERT - First Flight
Are there people like Lencho in the real world? What kind of a person would you say he is? You may select appropriate words from the box to answer the question.
greedy, naive, stupid, ungrateful, selfish, comical, unquestioningNCERT - First Flight
Have you ever been in great difficulty, and felt that only a miracle could help you? How was your problem solved? Speak about this in class with your teacher.NCERT - First Flight
What made him angry?NCERT - First Flight
Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentence in the story tells you this?NCERT - First Flight
Listen to the letter (given under in this lesson) read out by your teacher/on the audio tape. As you listen fill in the table given below:NCERT - First Flight
Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it?NCERT - First Flight
Who reads the letter?NCERT - First Flight