The Lost Doll

Lesson 2

The Lost Doll: Story from Columbia

 

Summary

 

“The Lost Doll" is a supernatural story about the rebirth of a dead person. In this story, Maria Del Carmen died at the age of four because of sickness. She was a single daughter of Roberto and Rosa Soto. All villagers involved in funeral rites. They said that she looked like a little doll. A few days later, Rosa gave all playthings and clothes of Carmen to the local priest. But Roberto did not like her activities. Rosa game those all because they were informed by the doctor that she could not give birth any more children. But Roberto had stilI hope. He thought that God did not provide them next baby as Carmen was there to look after. Roberto asked about a doll that Carmen used to play but all were unaware about it.

After a year, Rosa gave birth to a baby. They put her name Evangeline (good news). She was equally beautiful. lovely and bright to Carmen. Only different was that Carmen was sick by birth but Evangelina was very healthy Villagers thought that God returned Carmen by treating her.

 

When Evangelina was about four, she told her mother that she is very sick a long time ago. Rose did not know about her sickness. But. Evangelina insisted that she was sick. One day Rosie's sister came to visit from Bogata. Evangelina still told them that she was very sick before She also informed that about the lost doll. At first, Rosa and her sister didn't believe. But later Evangelina asked them to follow her into the backward. Pointing to the ground, Evangeline told her mother to dig up. When Rosa started to dig a few inches under, the sea beautiful doll with blue eyes and a red dress.

 

At first Rosa and her sister couldn't believe on their eyes. Rose asked Evangelina to tell her detail According to Evangelina, when she was very sick, the priest come and prayed with his hand on her head. A man woke her up and told her that she could not take dolly unit her as it is not needed her. Later he helped her to put doll under the ground, she also knows that he didn't have even a novel. By listening this all, Rosa was almost fainted

 

Meaning of Doll

 

Doll has two different meaning. Villagers call Maria del Carmen a lovely, beautiful and bright girl. For Roberto md Rosa Soto, Carmen is like a beautiful doll When Carmen dies, she is decorated like a doll After her death, villagers and parents lost their doll (Carmen). Next size doll is a play thing living blue eyes and a red dress, which Carmen used to play. It is also lost after Carmen's death. But later both of them (Carmen & doll) are found. Carmen gets birth gain and named as Evangeline and doll which is buried in the yard is taken out.




Short Answer Questions

 

1. Why does the little girl come to doctor's home? Is she able to take the doctor at her home? Explain. (5)

 

2075 GIE Q.No.5a

 

The little girl Adelheid is Elda's daughter who has already died The spirit of the girl goes to the doctor's house in the darkness to call him for the treatment of her sick mother, Elda, the previous staff of the doctor, The previous night Elda has a hope that the doctor will come to treat her. The girl as a spirit may have heard the wish of her mother whom she loves so much and gone to call the kind doctor for the treatment of her mother. The girl knows it very well that there is no one 10 help her mother since she is alone. The kind daughter thus visits the kind doctor for a house call. The doctor too doesn't deny despite his age and tiredness. He goes to treat the child's mother thinking that this was an emergency case.




2. What evidences are there in the story to show that the Sotos were poor? [5]

 

2062 Q.No.5a and 2075 Partial D Q.No.5a

 

The story Lost Doll" is about the poor Soto family. There are some indications to say that the family was poor. The first of the indication is that the Soto family didn't treat their child in the hospital. Maria Del Carman, whom they loved so much, had been sick for years. Had they been rich they would have taken her to the hospital for the treatment. The second indication is that they are the farmers living in the village. Roberto appears in the story with his rough hand and working in the field. Another fundamental indication is that they don't have money to buy the new clothes for the next baby if they get any. When Roberto Knew that Rosa had given all the clothes and playthings to the priest from another village, he was not happy. He, by being hopeful about getting another child wanted to preserve for it. If they were rich, he would not have bothered about it thinking that he would buy the new ones. These indications in the story make us believe that Soto Family was the poor family.



3. Describe Carmen.[5]

 

2073 Supp Q.No.5a

 

Carmen's full name is Maria del Carmen. She is the only daughter of Robert and Rosa Soto. In the story The Lost Doll Carmen appears in the beginning as the sick child She is described as loving, beautiful and attractive but a trail child. She is sick by her birth Everyone in the village loves Carmen very much She is like the little doll. Unfortunately, the sick child dies at the age of four. Everyone in the village gather and part take in her funeral ceremony. The Soto family really god disappointed at the loss. Rosa Sato, Carmen's mother gave all her playthings and clothes to a priest from another village


4. Why did Rosa Soto give her daughters' clothes and playthings to a priest from another village? [5]

 

2073 Partial B Q.No.5b

 

Maria Del Carmen died at the age of four because of sickness. She was a single daughter of Roberto and Rosa Soto. All villagers involved in funeral rites. They said that she looked like a little doll. A few days later, Rosa gave all playthings and clothes of Carmen to the local priest. She believed on what doctor said about the future possibilities of having another child. She thought that she would not have another child. If she saw the playthings again and again, she would be more troubled. So, to avoid the recurrence of Carmen's memory she gave her playthings to the priest from another village



5. What evidence is there in the story to show that Carmen and Evangelina were alike? (5)

 

2060 Q.No.5a and 2069 Q.No.5a

 

The story "Lost Doll", a story of reincarnation, presents two similar children of Rosa and Roberto Soto. These two children are Carmen and Evangelina Carmen is their first child who dies at the age of four. After the first anniversary of Carmen's death they have another child named Evangelina. These two children have many similarities between them. The character, behavior and attitudes of Carmen are similar to Evangelina Like Carmen Evangelina is attractive and loving. She is kind and liked by everyone. The priest from another village, Rosa's sister from Bogata and even Rosa believe that they have been given the child by god after the treatment. Only the difference between is that Evangelina is healthy whereas Carmen is not. Despite this Evangelina and Carmen are alike in all their manners, attitudes and behavior.




6. Rosa said to her husband, "False hope is not good". When does hope become false? [5]

 

2075 Set A Q.No.5a and 2069 Partial Q.No.5c

 

Roberto Soto is a hopeful husband of Rosa. So, by being hopeful about the next child he says doctor does not know everything but who knows is God. Hearing Roberto, Rosa says, "False hope is not good" The hope becomes false when it does not come in to form and it doesn't come in form when one imagines something impossible. Roberto's hope for Rosa is false because he imagines impossible for her. She is the one who believes not in the faith but in the doctor. Roberto actually has not hoped impossible. He is a young man living with a young wife. Being hopeful of getting baby ca no be false. In story Roberto's hope doesn't become false. He hopes that he will have another child. He even doesn't believe in doctor. He has total faith in god and in himself and in the first anniversary of Carmen's death, he gets what he hopes. Here, Rosa is not right. The result comes in Roberto's favor and Rosa knows that his hope has not been false.



Long Answer Questions

 

7. Tell the pathetic situation that Carmen's death brought to her parents. [10]

 

2071 Set D Q.No.4a, 2072 Set A Q.No.4c, and 2076 Partial D Q.No.4a

 

The Story “Lost Doll" presents a couple who bemoan on the tragic death of their child, Carmen They loved their only child Carmen so much. But Carmen had very poor health by birth. They took care of her though couldn't take her for medical treatment. Their loving daughter who everyone in the village loved passed away at the age of four. This made the couple really sad. They remembered the child for a long time. Thinking that Carmen's memory would make them sad, Rosa even gave all playthings and clothes not to a priest from the same village but form another village They even didn't forge the doll of Cayman for which they searched a lot. Rosa had almost lost her hope and believed in doctors. Thus, the story elaborates the grief of the couple who had lost their only child in her prime age.

 

At Carmen's death, not only the couple, but the whole village, remains numb. The grief-stricken couple reaches up to the graveyard. For many days they mourn and wish for another child. It continues up to the time they get another child. But even after they get Evangelina, they don't forget their previous child. Now and again they talk about her and compare Evangelina with Carmen. They even thank god for being so kind by providing the similar child back to them.




8. Make a comparison between Roberto and Rosa Soto. (5)

 

2068 Q.No.5a

 

Roberto Soto and Rosa Soto are the husband and wife in the story. "Lost Doll. They are loving parents and good couple. By emotion they are one. They have similar love and affection to their child and have similar desire to get the baby. Despite this, they have differences too. Roberto is quite religious in nature. He is very optimistic and practical. He believes on god but on the other hand Rosa is pessimistic. She never thinks that they will have another child. She believes in god. She is very much faithful on the doctor; Rosa doesn't look foresighted. She even doesn't believe on what Evangelina says to her about her previous life. She is realistic whereas Roberto is spiritual So Rosa and Roberto are the matching couple despite some of the differences between them.




8. Make a comparison between Roberto and Rosa Soto. (5)

 

2068 Q.No.5a

 

Roberto Soto and Rosa Soto are the husband and wife in the story. "Lost Doll. They are loving parents and good couple. By emotion they are one. They have similar love and affection to their child and have similar desire to get the baby. Despite this, they have differences too. Roberto is quite religious in nature. He is very optimistic and practical. He believes on god but on the other hand Rosa is pessimistic. She never thinks that they will have another child. She believes in god. She is very much faithful on the doctor; Rosa doesn't look foresighted. She even doesn't believe on what Evangelina says to her about her previous life. She is realistic whereas Roberto is spiritual So Rosa and Roberto are the matching couple despite some of the differences between them.


10. Rewrite the story of "The Lost Doll” in your own words.

 

2071 Set B Q.No.4a and 2072 Set C Q No. 4a

 

The Lost Doll is a supernatural story about the rebirth of a dead person In this story, Maria Del Carmen died at the age of four because of sickness. She was a single daughter of Roberto and Rosa Soto. All villagers involved in funeral rites. They said that she looked like a little doll. A few days later, Rosa gave all playthings and clothes of Carmen to the local priest. But Roberto did not like her activities. Rosa gave those all because they were informed the doctor that she could not give birth any more children. But Roberto had still hope. He thought that God did not provide them next baby as Carmen was there to look after Roberto asked about a doll that Carmen used to play but all were unaware about it.

 

After a year Rosa gave birth to a baby. They put her name Evangelina (good news). She was equally beautiful, lovely and bright to Carmen. Only different was that Carmen was sick by birth but Evangelina was very healthy Villagers thought that God returned Carmen by treating her.

 

When Evangelina was about four, she told her mother that she was very sick a long time ago. Rosa did not know about her sickness But Evangelina insisted that she was sick. One day Rosa's sister came to visit from Bogata Evangelina still told them that she was very sick before. She also informed them about the lost doll. At first, Rosa and her sister didn't believe. But later Evangelina asked them to follow her into the backward. Pointing to the ground, Evangelina told her mother to dig up. When Rosa started to dig a few inches under, they saw a beautiful doll with blue eyes and a red dress

 

At first Rosa and her sister could not believe on their eyes. Rosa asked Evangelina to tell her detail According to Evangelina, when she was very sick, the priest came and prayed with his hand on her head. A nice man woke her up and told her that she could not take dolly with her as it was not needed her. Later he helped her to put doll under the ground. She also knew that he didn't have even a shovel. By listening this all, Rosa remained motionless.



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