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A Child Of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang

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ZOILO M. GALANG

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"Life and Success" alzd

"Tales of the Plzilippines"

- Copyright, 1921

EY. Zorto hl. GALANG

All rights reserved

JAN 26,1922 --- - -

PREFACE

I wish to depict conditions as they

exist and reflect them in my writings.

In fact, "A Child of Sorrow" is a fragmentary

page of real life, with a &tinct

morale and personality. I believe that

personality transcends technique. There

is no doubt but that we are all after

truth and sincerity, and not dream' and

fantasy. I have woven a native story

of a local color, imbued with modern

and foreign elements,-as I want .the

best that is local and the best that is

foreign harmoniously. blendeh together

to form what is known as our National

Literature. However, I implore silence

as to the red ,lames of some of the

personae of the novel, for they are still

living, and probably you have once or

twice met or talked with them. Silence,

you know, is golden.

Manila,

I December 16, 1921.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

VACATIODNA YS ..................,.......... 1

CHAPTER I1

"TILL DEATH DOTH US PART" ................ 23

CHAPTER I11

THET RANSFORMATOIOF NY OUTH. ............. 43

CHAPTER IV

CUP OF SORROW... ........................... 73

4 CHAPTER V .

THEC ITYO F OPPORTUNYIT : ................... 101

CHAPTER VI

AT THE CARNIVAI, .......................... 141

CHAPTER VII

BLASTEDD REAMOS F HAPPINESS. ..............1 65

A CHILD OF SORROW

VACATION DAYS

Those who already awaited the coming of vacation

days with keen anticipation could undoubtedly better

understand and imagine what delights Lucio had in

entertaining the thought of spending his vacation with

his friend out in the province, just as soon as he had

received his sheepskin diploma from the Provincial

High School, and laid up his dust-covered books on the

shelves in order to resume the happy role of youthful

life.

In one of the rural and sequestered plains of Central

Luzon, called the Fertile Valley, where 'the ricefields

yielded the cup of joy to the industrious fgrmers,

and where the harvest filled aplenty the' barns of the

poor, there lived simple, homely people, free from' the

rush and stir of city life.

It was durlhg one Friday morning in the month of

April when the sanpaguita began to open its buds to

receive the soothing dew of the starry evening hour,

which diffused fragrance and sweetness all around; it

was when the duma-de-noche, that charming and most

fragrant native flower, profusely embalmed the atmosphere

at the magic touch of the night which gave it perfume

and life,-it was in such springtime, merry and

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blithesome, when we found Lucio at home and hi

friend, Camilo, who, before the closing of school days;

invited him to take his vacation at their town and then,

to their Hacienda.

Lucio and Camilo were school chums, members of

a recently graduated High School class.

6 6 Lay tho& worm-eaten tomes of romance and history,

and come with me, and we will gleefully spend

our vacation time in the bosom of the fields, and there

could you realize real iife and be in close touch with

human nature," nonchalantly said Camilo, smiling and

looking him straight into his eyes as if wishing to convince

him.

But meekly replied Lucio after meeting his eyes,

and then returning his gaze upon his book again whiqh

he was reading:

"Why, confound it, man,-I'd rather remain here

in this cell and rea? and drink of the wisdom of many

great minds than linger in the fields uselessly."

"Don't you know that a sleeping dog catches no

bone?"

"I do," replied Lucio.

"Then, come!" Camilo took hold of the book and

saw the title-"Sorrows and Happiness." Then he remarked,

after giving the book back: "Mine! So you

got tlint old idea-where there is sorrow there is joy.

Well-you may be' right, your author may be right, but

joy is not always for man-the world is cold-nectar

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