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The Stub Book – Four Levels of Interpretation | Flax-Golden Tales
The Stub Book – Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, Spain (1833-1891)
Rota was a small town where farmers grew fruits and vegetables. The quality of its tomatoes and pumpkins were famous. The soil of the Rota was not only fertile but pure and clean sand thrown by an ocean, blown by the wind. Farmers were very laborious. There was not even a tiny stream flowing through the field. Farmers had made a good form which they drew the precious liquid for their vegetables. They watered tomatoes seeds or pumpkin pip (small seed) by hand like a father who gives water to his child.
They loved their vegetables like their children, they even kissed, blessed and even gave names to the plants and vegetables. Uncle Buscabetas was one of those farmers. He was sixty years old. He’d spent 40 years tilling his field near the shore. He had grown some enormous pumpkins that they were turning to yellow. He knew them by color, shape and even by name. he planned to sell them the next day. But he became sad to be separated from the pumpkins the following day.
But he was astonished, angry and sad when he found his forty pumpkins stolen in the night. They must have been taken to Cadiz (city of Spain) to be sold. He went to Cadiz in search of his pumpkins. He told the police to catch the vendor. The Vendor told them that he bought the pumpkins form Uncle Fulano.
The inspector of public market told uncle Busch beats to prove that those pumpkins were from his garden. Uncle Fulano came to see what was going on there. He wants evidence from the accusation for his foult . Uncle Buscabeatas took out green stems and fitted the stems to pumpkins one by one. The spectators were surprised to see that the stems really fitted the pumpkins exactly which proved that uncle Buscabetas was right and uncle Fulano was a thief. Uncle Fulano was compelled to return 15 vendors and vendor gave it to Uncle Buscabeatas. Uncle Buscabatas happily returned to his village but Uncle Fulano was arrested and sent to jail.
The writer might be trying to tell us that when we are in a problem. We need to apply the power of reasoning. Uncle Buscabeatas’s pumpkins in Cadiz cause he applied the power of reasoning. The writer might be trying that those who work hard are rewarded. Uncle Buscabeatas who works hard is rewarded and Uncle Fulano who steals pumpkins is punished and sent to prison. The writer might be trying to show that that truth never can be hidden and lies reveal anyway.
The story is very interesting to read. There are some points in the story with which I don’t agree. The soil of Rota was sandy. If, how can sandy land be much fertile? How can the farmers touch their tomatoes forty times a day? In the story, it is said that farmers kissed their vegetables, blessed them and gave expressive names to the vegetables. Does the man kiss the vegetables? Is it possible to be familiar with many vegetables by their names? In the story, it is said that farmers loved and treated to the vegetables as the parents love and treat children. It is possible?
After reading this story, I remembered my uncle Mr. Ramjanam Yadav. He’s about sixty years old. He’s many buffalos and cows and he loves and takes care of animals as the parents love and treat to their children. He feeds them, takes to graze and collects grass for them. He seems as if he has devoted his life for the animals Uncle Buscabeatas has devoted his life to vegetables and has also given particular names to every animal.
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