Summary of Fear:
Fear is the psychological story taken from Puebla, Mexico. This story shows how a person loses his common sense and sanity in the state of nervousness.
Armando Gonzalez was an honest, diligent, uneducated, skeptical and chicken hearted person working at a shoe shop. He had to earn the living of nine members. His wife Eva Gonzalez used to earn little money looking after the children of other people. With the hard work of 20 years they have saved 50,132 pesos, which they had deposited in the Bank of Mexico. With this money they were going to buy a beautiful house.
Deciding to buy a house Armando went to the Bank of Mexico to withdraw his fifty thousand pesos. After he gave required documents to the bank teller, she asked him several questions loudly. The questions of the bank teller made him think that all the people in the bank lobby knew about the money, he was going to withdraw. Therefore, he became nervous. His nervousness increased even more when the bank teller counted the money loudly. In his nervousness he put on his hat backward. The unusual position of his hat drew the attention of the people in the bank. But he mistakenly thought that they were looking at him for his money. In the state of nervousness, he left the bank and went to the street trying to remember the way he was supposed to go.
While Armando was waiting for the bus in the street he saw the same heavy man who had looked at him twice in the bank. He thought that he was following him to rob him. Armando got into the bus so did the heavy man. While travelling in the bus Armando came up with an idea that he should get down the bus at the next station and go home by another bus. AS he was about to get down the bus, he saw three teenagers boys talking to the heavy man. Supposing them to be the part of street gang he got down the bus. The three boys also got down the bus. Talking o each other they walked towards Armando. Armando was sure that those three boys were sent by the heavy man to rob him. Shouting at the top of his voice, asking for help, Armando ran across the street along the barbed wire fence, into an old junkyard. As Armando fell onto the ground stumbled over the broken pieces of car, the three boys also approached him. He asked them to go away. But he was surprised to know that they were students and were following him to help him. They also explained him to Armando that they were talking to the heavy man in the bus to know about the bus to go back to Puebla. When Armando knew that those boys wanted to help him he got rid of unnecessary fear. Finally, all the four people returned back to the street together.
This story describes a series of events and circumstances that kept on increasing fear in Armando. This story is concerned more with the effect of these events on the psychology of its main character rather than with the events themselves. Therefore, it is more a psychological than a supernatural one.
Some Important Questions of Fear:
Question. What are some things which made Armando think that someone was going to rob him?
Answer. The things that made Armando think, that he was about to be robbed are as follows:
1. The bank teller who asked him several questions and counted his money loudly.
2. The large amount of money that Armando was carrying in the pocket of his worn out pants.
3. Double take of the people in the bank as well as in the bus.
4. The heavy man, who looked at him twice in the bank, followed him up to the bus.
5. The unusual position of his hat.
6. The three teenage boys talking to the heavy man.
Question. Sketch the character of Armando Gonzalez in the story Fear.
Answer. Armando Gonzalez was an honest, hardworking, uneducated and skeptical person working at a shoe shop. He was carrying out his responsibility of nine members of his family. He was responsible not only towards his wife and children but also to his mother in law. Working at a shoe shop he was able to save 50,132 pesos which he had deposited in the Bank of Mexico. With this money he was going to buy a beautiful house. As, he was uneducated person he was not familiar with different forms of money. He thought that money means only cash. In spite of being honest, hardworking and responsible person he was very skeptical. He doubted on the intention of every people in the bank lobby as well as in the bus. It was wrong to think that the people in the bank had no job except to follow him for his money. Thus, the story fear portray Armando Gonzalez as an honest, hardworking, uneducated and skeptical.
THE RECURRING DREAM
THE LOST DOLL
THE HOUSE CALL
THE NIGHTMARE LIFE WITHOUT FUEL
MY HEART LEAPS UP WHEN I BEHOLD
SPEAKING OF CHILDREN
LOOK AT THE TEACUP
A WORN PATH
THE THREE DAY BLOW
THE POPLAR FIELD
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