In "A Letter to God",how does Lencho feel when the rain turns to hail and what happens to the crops?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The story "A Letter to God", by Gregorio López y Fuentes, is set in rural Mexico, during a time where the weather was not favoring the growth of crops. Lencho, a farmer, is a very faithful man who depends entirely on the weather for the sustenance of his family.

The only thing the earth needed was a rainfall, or at least a shower.

When the weather seemed to start changing, Lencho was happy to see that there will be rain. Yet, the rain changed into a hailstorm, and his crops were completely destroyed. As a result, Lencho feels desperate, emmasculated to a point, and lost. He was quite distraught, too: how was his family supposed to make it through the winter?

The corn was totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the kidney bean plants. Lencho's soul was filled with sadness.

However, it is worthy to mention that Lencho's faith in God never waivers. He never once doubted that help will come from God. Moreover, he was sure that, regardless of what happened, the family would never go hungry. Hence, the letter from Lencho to "Dios", knowing wholeheartedly that he will, indeed get the help that he needs.

thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lencho, a farmer, had grown corn and kidney beans on his farm, things were looking good and he was expecting a bumper harvest if the farm received enough rain. During the day he predicted that it was going to rain after he had spent the day scanning the sky and waiting for signs of rain. That evening, while having dinner with his family, it actually began to rain. Lencho was very happy and even stepped out to feel the rain; he went back to the house convinced that he would reap abundantly. The weather suddenly became adverse and instead, the rain changed to hailstones which wrecked havoc on his farm. All his crops were completely destroyed. He became very sad and sought God’s intervention and this is when he decided to write a letter to God, which spoke of his predicament and the help he required.

“A plague of locusts would have left more than this… the hail has left nothing: this year we will have no corn or beans…”

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