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Transcript of Wedding Dance
She bit her lips now, then shook her head wildly, and sobbed. -
The waters boiled in her mind in forms of white and jade and roaring silver; the waters tolled and growled, resounded in thunderous echoes through the walls of the stiff cliffs.. -
The voice was a shudder. -
FIGURES OF SPEECH
After some moments during which he seemed to wait, he talked to the listening darkness. -
The sound of the gangsas beat through the walls of the dark house like muffled roars of falling waters. -
The spark rose through the crackles of the flames. -
Amador T. Daguio
Amador T. Daguio was a poet, novelist and teacher during the pre-war. He was best known for his fictions and poems. He had published two volumes of poetry, "Bataan Harvest" and "The Flaming Lyre". He served as chief editor for the Philippine House of Representatives before he died in 1966. Daguio was born 8 January 1912 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, but grew up in Lubuagan, Mountain Province. He was class valedictorian in 1924 at the Lubuagan Elementary School. Then he stayed with his uncle at Fort William McKinley to study at Rizal High School in Pasig.
House of Lumnay and her ex husband Awiyao.
Dark room inside the house.
Awiyao and Lumnay
External - Man vs. Society
Awiyao had to follow the
The story started when Awiyao went to his and Lumnay's house to invite her to join the dance.
There was a couple named Awiyao and Lumnay. They were married for a long time but Awiyao, her husband, has to marry another girl named Madulimay because Lumnay cannot bear a child. On the night of the wedding of Awiyao and Madulimay, Awiyao went to his and Lumnay's house where they used to live to personally invite his ex wife to join the dance but Lumnay refuses to join. Lumnay is the best dancer in their tribe.
They had a talk about their separation, and on their conversation they found out that the couple still had feelings for each other. They still love each other but they have to separate because their tribe’s custom is--every man in that tribe should have one (or more) child that would carry his name and if his wife cannot give him a child he can marry another woman. It's a man's necessity to have a child.
Lumnay can hardly let go of her husband. The two both agreed that if Awiyao's second marriage did not work, he will go back to Lumnay's arms and this was sealed by the beads that Lumnay will keep. Then Awiyao goes back to the wedding because someone is calling him already. After being fetched by others, Lumnay decided to go to the wedding not to dance or to join the celebration but to stop the wedding. She decided to break the unwritten law of her tribe, but when she is near all her guts to stop the wedding suddenly disappeared. She did not have the courage to break into the wedding feast. Lumnay walked away from the dancing ground, away from the village. She went to the mountain instead and in the mountain is where she diverted all her bitterness in her and she partly reminisce their story of Awiyao.
He was in third year high when he broke into print in a national weekly, The Sunday Tribune Magazine (11 July 1926), with a poem, “She Came to Me.” He started college in 1928 in UP where he worked Saturday and Sunday as printer’s devil and served as Philippine Collegian reporter. During all this time, he learned the craft of writing from Tom Inglis Moore, an Australian professor at U.P., and was especially grateful to A.V.H. Hartendorp of Philippine Magazine. His stories and poems appeared in practically all the Manila papers. One of ten honor graduates at U.P. in 1932, he returned to teach at his boyhood school in Lubuagan; in 1938, he taught at Zamboanga Normal School where he met his wife Estela.
They transferred to Normal Leyte School in 1941 before the Second World War. During the Japanese Occupation, he joined the resistance and wrote poems in secret, later collected as Bataan Harvest.1 0 He was a bosom-friend of another writer in the resistance, Manuel E. Arguilla. In 1952, he obtained his M.A. in English at Stanford U. as a Fulbright scholar. His thesis was a study and translation of Hudhud hi Aliguyon (Ifugao Harvest Song). In 1954, he obtained his Law degree from Romualdez Law College in Leyte. Daguio was editor and public relations officer in various offices in government and the military. He also taught for twenty-six years at the University of the East, U.P., and Philippine Women’s University. In 1973, six years after his death, Daguio was conferred the Republic Cultural Heritage Award.
- The sound of the gangsas beat through the walls of the dark house like muffled roars of falling waters.
- He looked at the woman huddled in a corner of the room, leaning against the wall.
- She was partly sullen, but her sullenness was not because of anger or hate.
- She wound the blanket more snugly around herself.
- He let go of her face, and she bent to the floor again and looked at her fingers as they tugged softly at the split bamboo floor.
- They had looked carefully at the buttresses of rocks they had to step on -- a slip would have meant death.
- If you fail--if you fail this second time--" she said thoughtfully. The voice was a shudder.
- He clasped er hands.
- She would tell Awiyao to come back to her. He surely would relent.
- The muscles where taut and firm, bronze and compact in their hold upon his skull--how frank his bright eyes were. She looked at his body the carved out of the mountains five fields for her; his wide and supple torso heaved as if a slab of shining lumber were heaving; his arms and legs flowed down in fluent muscles--he was strong and for that she had lost him.
Lumnay - A good wife, has a bronzed and sturdy face and one of the best wives in the whole village.
Madulimay - Can never become as good as Lumnay. She is not as strong in planting beans, not as fast in cleaning water jars, not as good keeping a house clean.
Things get complicated when they start talking and they reminisce, and she can't let go of Awiyao.
The climax of the story is felt when they both stated that they still love each other and they don't want any other man/woman for themselves.
When Lumnay and Awiyao was talking that they have to follow their tribe's custom, which is the reason why Awiyao had to let go of Lumnay and marry Madulimay. Then the friends of Awiyao is calling him because everyone is looking for him in the wedding, so he had to get out of the house and leave Lumnay.
The mountain clearing was cold in the freezing moonlight. The wind began to stir the leaves of the bean plants. Lumnay looked for a big rock on which to sit down. The bean plants now surrounded her, and she was lost among them. A few more weeks, a few more months, a few more harvests--what did it matter? She would be holding the bean flowers, soft in the texture, silken almost, but moist where the dew got into them, silver to look at, silver on the light blue, blooming whiteness, when the morning comes. The stretching of the bean pods full length from the hearts of the wilting petals would go on. Lumnay's fingers moved a long, long time
among the growing bean pods.
POINT OF VIEW
The Point of View used in this short story is the
- the author used the third person (he is using pronouns such as they, she, he, it, etc.) to tell us the story. We can only see the thoughts and feel the feelings of the characters if he reveals it on us. We only know what the character knows and what the author allow us to know.
Sad and there is regret.
- symbolizes the love of Awiyao to Lumnay.
- symbolizes happiness and gatherings.
- symbolizes a new start for Lumnay.
- is all about sacrifices and hope, that in life, love is never enough to have a happy ending. Sometimes you need to set someone free not because you don't love the person but because it's the best for both of you.
LICO, ROSELLE JOY
LIMOS, MARY ANN