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Mary Cris

on 15 September 2013

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Short Story
Quiver - a shaky motion
Subdued - in a softened tone
Scribbled - without much attention to detail,
carelessly, aimless
Knitting - creating knitted wear
Bantering - cleverly amusing in tone
This is a story about a doctor who didn't believe in faith, love and time. He has also lost his faith because he has been a witness to countless, seemingly random deaths: There is a patient with cancer, whose racking pain even morphine can’t assuage anymore; there is the baby who is now dying from tetanus; but most of all, there was his eldest son who, we later learn, committed suicide. From that, it made the doctor focus mechanically on his job, just to forget the pain, and his wife became more immersed in religion than in family.

Gregorio C. Brillantes
Gregorio C. Brillantes
, a Palanca Award Hall of Famer and a multi-awarded fiction writer, is one of the Philippines' most popular writers in English.
Known for his sophisticated and elegant style, he has been compared to
James Joyce
He often writes about individuals under thirty, adolescent or post adolescent ones who struggle with alienation from family, society and from themselves. His earlier collection of short stories earned him the title of the "
Catholic Writer
", but elements of the fantastic also come in his works.
In the 2006 Graphic/Fiction Awards, the main local sponsor of the contest, specialty book shop Fully Booked, acknowledged Brillantes as one of the godfathers of fantastic literature in English by naming the first category the
Gregorio C. Brillantes Prize for Prose
Published collections of short stories:
Brillantes is a native of
Camiling, Tarlac
. He obtained his Litt. B. degree in the
Ateneo de Manila University
. He has edited Sunburst, The Manila Review, Focus, Asia-Philippines Leader and the Philippines Free Press.
The Distance to Andromeda and Other Stories
The Apollo Centennial
On a Clear Day in November Shortly Before the Millennium: Stories for a Quarter Century.
Looking for Rizal in Madrid
Chronicles of Interesting Times
The Cardinal's Sins, the General's Cross, the Martyr's Testimony and other Affirmations
He acted as one of the judges of the Philippine Graphic Novel Awards in 2007.
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Murmuring - a low continuous indistinct sound
Quivering - a shaky motion
Melancholy - a feeling of thoughtful sadness
Barred - preventing entry or exit or a course of action
Desolate - crushed by grief
Huddled - crowded or massed together
Patronage - the act of providing approval or support
Reverend - worthy of adoration or reverence
Dr. Lazaro and his young son are called in the middle of the night to minister to a poor family whose newborn baby has a terminal case of tetanus. The journey towards the family’s home, however, seems to take on a different level when it also becomes a spiritual journey, most especially for Dr. Lazaro, whose beliefs about and disbelief in God, faith, love, and time seem to haunt him with a pressurized intensity – and all because he sees a wide chasm between him and Ben, his son, in terms of how they see life: He has lost so much faith in God and life, while Ben – intent on becoming a priest – seems so infuriatingly fresh and positive.
Characters :
San Miguel (Near Gas Station)
When Dr. Lazaro was doing his best to save the baby who was dying from tetanus
A sense of constant motion, of change, of the days moving swiftly toward an immense revelation touched him once again
When Dr. Lazaro and Ben are on their way home, Dr. Lazaro realized everything around him, the town, the people, his family, his faith, love and time -- it was long gone.
“Everything has its end, you can’t change one’s destiny.”
“Don’t lose hope/faith in God. Everything has its reasons.”
“Don’t let the trials/problems ruin the closeness of your family.”
“Time is short, make the most out of it.”
In the time where Dr. Lazaro & Ben are having a deep conversation in the car while heading their way to San Miguel
The story’s tone is sadness, sorrowful, emptiness, loss because of the past. But later on, the tone became hopeful because of his son.
The style of the writer’s character is that they are locked in their past, the character blames God because of what is happening. But his son enlighten him that everything has its reason. Everything has its own destiny.
Dr. Lazaro
Mrs. Lazaro
Ben (Son of Dr. Lazaro & Mrs. Lazaro)
Pedro Esteban
Esteban's wife
A story is told by a narrator not involved in the story itself. Objective third person means the narrator only knows what someone watching would know. They don't know people's thoughts, but rather actions and words.

The narrator enters the mind and feelings of Dr. Lazaro. The angle of narration allows the reader to know only how Dr. Lazaro directly and exactly feels and thinks.
Objective Third-Person Observer
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