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English 10: Short Story “Lingkuan Gorge”
Writing about Mood
April 15, 2005

Group Work

1. The narrator of this story has a change of mood or outlook. Describe this change. What causes him to change?

2. Does telling this story in the first person (I) change the story in any way? Do you trust the narrator’s description?

3. The story conveys ideas to the reader (theme). Discuss these ideas and write a one-sentence summary for each one.

4. Describe briefly the character of the boy, Cheng-yu.

Writing Assignment

All of us have met someone in our lives who has changed our outlook or mood. Tell the story of one of these encounters, but do not mention specifically your change of mood or outlook.

Like the author of “Lingkuan Gorge,” let the story details give the readers the information about the change.

You may write a paragraph, or a longer composition if you wish. See the examples for ideas:

Student Writing Sample: “Jin’s Change of Mood”

      It was last spring when my son and I first landed in the United States. When we were the first person waiting for checking our luggage in the LA Airport, a security officer regarded us as cutting in and rudely made us to go to the very end of the line, just because I stood on the short white line, and my son played before it. This impression made me sad. During the first weeks at home, which was in San Antonio, Texas, I was so closed to the outside world that I even avoided to talk to our landlord who has small business at home.

     Two weeks after that, one Saturday morning, my landlord took my son and I to the McDonald's Restaurant which was far from our home, then she went away. My son enjoyed the playground so much that it was difficult to make him go shopping with me. After we bought three heavy bags of food, we waited at a bus stop for about half an hour. But no bus came, and then I suddenly realized that there was probably no bus on Saturday. We had to walk back home and I didn't even know the right way. It was so hot under the sun, and there were no people like us walking along the road. I asked several persons who were in stores or gas stations, but no one knew about the bus schedule. I gave up asking, and just walked by instinct, until my little son sat on the ground and didn't want to move anymore.

     I held the last hope to find someone for help. I saw a middle-aged lady whose yard had several workers planting grass. I went to her, "Could you please tell me how we can get to Shavano Park?"

     "I'm sorry I don't know, but I can take you there." She looked at our red sweaty faces and the three bags. I couldn't believe my ears, and I asked again.

    "I can take you home if you like." she repeated. It took a long time to arrive at my home, because all of us didn't know the way. The next morning I became a volunteer clerk in my landlord's office, and my son as well. Meanwhile, I began to learn to drive.

Teacher Writing Sample: In Scotland

     It had been a long day. Earlier, I had taken a train to the Glasgow airport only to find that no planes belonging to my airline flew to Vancouver from there. Now, in the amber late afternoon light, I trudged along the banks of the river, my paper bag of hot fish and chips held close. I sat down heavily and began to eat. Out of the corner of my eye, I spied a woman dressed in ragged clothes approaching me. I thought to myself, "Oh no, now I'm going to have an even worse day than I've been having already!" She merely asked me if I would share what I had to eat with her, although with her thick accent it was hard to make out the words. I agreed, so she sat down and we ate together in silence. Later on, after I had returned to the hostel, my step felt somehow lighter. All the next day no wait seemed too long, nor any obstacle too great. I flew home to Canada, and that very night my mother cooked me my favourite meal: sweet and sour spareribs, hot potatoes, salad, and apple pie.

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