“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
—Margaret Atwood

Monday, October 30, 2017


Twelve-year old Renato came home one day with a bag full of onioms. Giving it to his mother, he said,"I got it from Aling Rosa's store. She did not notice me."
"That was very intelligent of you, Son," Renato's mother said instead of scolding or whipping him.
As Renato grew older he began to steal things of greater value. He would steal an electric iron this week, and a bicycle the next week. He stole a watch, an electric fan and a box full of jewelry all in one day, from a big house. He brought all theses things home to make his mother happy. Life was easy for them not long afterwards. However, the entire police force was after him.
Renato become so brave in stealing that he planned to steal a car. He was not lucky this time for he was caught in the very act. The police arrested him. He was tried in court and was found guilty of killing the man who owned the car he tried to steal and for many other crimes. He was sentenced to die on the electric chair.
The day of his electrocution came. The guards took him from his cell and lead him to the electric chair. There were few people around to witness the electrocution. He saw his mother weeping and beating her breats. He begge the guards to allow him to talk to his mother. His request was granted.
Within the hearing of everyone present he said, "Why do you cry, Mother? When I was young and did wrong, instead of punishing me, you encouraged me. Blame yourself for the punishment I am about to receive."
The people looked at the stunned mother, "It's true! It's true! Put me to death and not him!" she cried. But her son was already being strapped to the electric chair.

-Developing Reading Power 4 (Enriched Combined Edition)

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