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MILL OF THE GODS
Transcript of MILL OF THE GODS
One day at the hospital, Martha was in the emergency room and saw a man who had been shot. She imagined that the man was his father. The doctor she loved was in charge and she was shocked when he returned her gaze with a look of pain on his face. She then realized that the man who had been shot was really his father, her father died and as she walked out of the room she saw her mother crying. She wanted to cry to ease the tightness in her chest but instead she felt the cruel justness of things.
She went to her room and there hung a crucifix and lit a candle. She prayed and thanked that justice was repaid at last.
(July 18, 1917 – December 28, 1983)
-Born in Cebu City
-Storywriter, playwright, and journalist
-Well-known author who wrote almost exclusively in English
-Most prolific Filipina writer prior to World War II
-has an Associate of Arts degree (UP)
-Died from heart attack (suffered on-stage during Awards night of the Manila Film Festival) at the age of 66
Martha's first love
Martha, the daughter of Pio and Engracia, was twelve years old and lagged behind others of her age, whether on study or in play. One night, she heard her parents arguing and struggling in terrible fury with each other. Martha immediately got out of her room when she heard her mother’s voice and she saw that they were struggling for the knife. Her father had commanded her to take the knife away from her mother’s hand and so she did and threw it out the window. Engracia wordlessly slapped her husband a couple of times as soon as he released her. She clutched at Martha and told her words that were unfamiliar to her; words that were only half-understood. But despite of this, Martha was crying. Her father went out and had gone after her mother spat on him, and Martha’s mother directed her to find him but she could not. She went back to the room and cried with her mother.
When Martha was eighteen, she fully understood the night that had been a blur to her when she was still twelve. She fell in love with a guy not older than herself, and her seriousness with love hindered things such as play or game. Martha asked him about their marriage and he just laughed at her. She realized his excuses meant that he did not want to marry her. He married another woman and Martha, taking in reality, knew that she had learned her lesson. That night came back to her and made her hate her father and regret about throwing the knife.
Martha turned religious and Espeleta approved because they did not know what she prayed for. Martha’s parents are still together even after that night but between them there was silence. After she had fallen in love, when she started hating her father, she also started to hate her mother. Martha graduated with high honors in high school at the age of eighteen and everyone, including her mother and father, was proud of her. Martha studied nursing and started to have visitors-- this time they were doctors --in the house again. But out of all the other doctors, Martha had to choose someone slightly older that the rest. Between him and her , there had been a quick lifting of the pulse and quickening of the breath. But for the very first time they talked to each other, he told her he was married and if ever he’ll ever have an affair with another woman, it should be hidden. Martha found in herself the deep abiding secret against her father and the laws of man and the church. It seemed like her mother’s burden was passed on to her unwilling shoulders.
When they got home, there was a crowd who waited for them. There was also an unfamiliar group called Colon and they were the witnesses to her father’s death. They told Martha that the one who shot her father was the husband of the woman whom Martha’s father had an affair with. And after hearing all these, she went to her father, looking at his face that seemed to be in peace and free from pain.
Explain the title. Explore it's relevance to the story.
The title "Mill of the gods" is an excerpt from a famous proverb "The mills of God grind slowly, Yet they grind exceeding small" In connection with the story, it means that no matter how long it takes, he who needs to be punished will be punished. God watches all, and the day of reckoning will come. And that is what Martha has actually been praying for in the story.
What did Martha discover about her parents when she was twelve? How did this affect her while she was growing up?
She discovered that her own father have a mistress. Growing up she learned to hate his father because of what she discovered when she was 12 year old.
Explain the lesson that Martha learned as she became a woman:
"...she found within herself the old deep-abiding secret hate. Against the laws of man and church. Against the very fates that seemed to rejoice in making her pay for a sin she had not committed."
After her heart-break, Martha have enkindled the hatred she kept against men.
What caused her father's death? How did Martha feel about it?
Her father died of a gunshot from her mistress' husband. She felt vindicated.
What general image of a man do you picture in the story?
In the story it depicts different image of a man. Martha's father was a womanizer, a cheater, strong both physically and emotionally, and responsible.
Explain the last paragraph of the story.
The last paragraph points out that Martha has been praying for her father's own demise and that she is thankful for it with no signs of pity towards her father and regret.
Marlon P. Ecraela
Maria Bianca Rosa