How do the children react when esteban's body washes ashore in "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"?  

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" begins when the body of a man washes at the shore of a fishing village where people were pretty much only used to seeing each other and never received visitors.

The village's children, who are playing at the time that the body appears, ignore it completely and actually made him a part of the game. At first they pretended that the bulging body was an enemy ship. Then, they approached it and took off it the jellyfish and weeds. It was then when they realized that this was a drowned man. However, they were not at all worried.

They had been playing with him all afternoon burying him in the sand and digging him up again

It was only when the villagers saw what the children were doing that the word spread around the village and the story of the soon-to-be-named "Esteban" begins.


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