The rising action occurs when Dodong is interested in marrying Teang and tells his father that he wants to do so. He considers marrying Teang as essential to his life and even holds back momentarily from sharing it with his father, fearing resistance. The fact that he considers it important is revealed by the manner in which he asks his father for permission to marry her. He is only seventeen, as his father reminds him, but Dodong is too stiff-necked to reconsider. He does not even notice the helpless look in his father's eyes, which suggests that he should not marry.
The falling action occurs when Dodong comes to a realization that early marriage can ruin one's life. Dodong had seven children. He is not only ashamed in front of his parents for his youthful paternity, but also gets angry at himself because the birth of so many children could not be helped. He is also humiliated. He realizes that life does not fulfill all the dreams of youth.