The Donkey Cart (Synopsis)
Would you rely on rumors?
This is not an animal story nor does it have something to do with a donkey. It just so happen most of the events happened while our characters were on a donkey cart, one of the common transports on rural areas in China.
Alright, so this is a summary on the short story Donkey Cart written by S.T. Hwang. The main character wasn't mentioned in the story so it is just assumed that he might be our main character, anyway the summary goes like this:
A teacher in a small town in the northwest of China named S.T Hwang decided to go back home because he can't endure the isolation. However, on the departure point most of the carts were engaged in carrying local products so S.T Hwang spent his time at the restaurant to eat and rest while waiting for the next cart. Time passed he was informed that an available cart had arrived. Hwang recognized the driver as Lin Ng, an old man with most unsavory reputation but he decided to take a risk. While in the journey Lin Ng told to S.T Hwang the truth about his unsavory rumors which made our main character realize that Lin Ng wasn't a bad person after all. He later believed him so he dropped the stone he brought before he took the ride until they reach the train station. Lin Ng requested to him to write his friends in town about Lin Ng and S.T Hwang assured of it.
If you could read the whole story, you will find out why Lin Ng was accussed of being bad throughout his live and how he tried to live out of it.
You can read the whole story here. Please feel free to leave your comments on the section below
It took place in
Small town in the northwest, China
The place was described as having lots of trees and a long stony path which the most convenient transport is through a donkey cart.
This has been a danger to some travelers when robbers hide in the trees and ambush them.
Exposition: A teacher traveler couldn't endure the isolation in the town so he decided to come back home through adapting cart.
Rising Action: He was very disappointed & afraid that upon knowing only Lin Ng was the available to ride her that time yet decided to take the risk but brought a large stone for defense.
Climax: Lin Ng told the real story behind the rumor about the death of leather dealer.
Falling Action: he doubted Lin Ng's story but later believed him so he dropped the stone.
Resolution: Lin Ng requested him to write his friends in town for him to have a longer journey; the teacher assured that he would fulfill it.
- S.T Hwang - a 25 year old teacher who was in hurry to go home and doubtfully rode Lin Ng's cart through he heard unsavory rumors about him.
- Lin Ng - an old transport driver who was avoided by travelers due to his reputation though it wasn't proven.
- The Donkey ...It's the loyal servant of Lin Ng. Lin Ng said it's old so he had to help the cart uphill. He played an important role in transport... eee haw (nah!)
"Once a rumor begun, it is difficult to stop it."- Lin Ng
Sometimes it takes courage to prove one's innocence
Did you find the story interesting?
Truth shall prevail no matter what circumstances may arise. Do not rely in rumors as they may contain tales that didn't really happen
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