Thursday, January 12, 2006

Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon

Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon is a realistic story about Balthazar, who is a poor carpenter and his birdcage that was specially made for Pepe, the son of a very rich man named Chepe Montiel. People heard about the cage and came to see it and were impressed by how beautiful and big the cage was. “with its enormous dome of wire, three stories inside, with passageways and compartments especially for eating and sleeping and swings in the space set aside for the birds’ recreation, it seemed like a small-scale model of a gigantic ice factory” (Page 150). The doctor of the town wants to buy the birdcage but Balthazar rejects the offer and says that it is already sold to someone else. When Balthazar arrives at the house where the cage was going to be sold he is accompanied by plenty of admirers but only he was allowed to enter the house. When Chepe Montiel saw the cage he first got angry because Balthazar did not consulting him before building the cage. He refuses to pay for the cage and says that Balthazar should try to sell it to whomever he can. Pepe gets really sad when he hears what his father says and he throws himself on the floor. Balthazar then approaches the child with the cage in his arms and says to Pepe that he can keep the cage. “After all, that is what I made it for.” “I made it expressly as a gift for Pepe. I did not expect to charge anything for it” (Page 155). Balthazar comes back to the townspeople tries to impress them by saying that he got a lot of money for the cage from the rich man and that it is time to celebrate. He buys them all a round of beer and gets completely drunk and brags about how he will build even more beautiful cages and sell to the rich people.
If Balthazar was just interested in making money, he would not even have started to work on the cage because he could not be sure whether he could get money for it or not. He wanted to make the little boy happy and he also felt bad about taking dirty money from the rich man. Keeping his pride was more important than the money.

15 Comments:

Blogger bharath said...

yeah ....its nice summary .... but i want 2 know who is jose montiel ??.....

12:31 PM  
Blogger loopholezz said...

Great summary, just what i needed.

11:40 AM  
Blogger vk.iit89 said...

nice one

12:27 PM  
Blogger sam said...

that's a nice comment, useful for me. thank you sebastian.

1:29 AM  
Blogger mail said...

perfect i needed it for my examz :)
it helped me lot... tks

7:34 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

Balthazar is about his honor but the last sentence is very telling "The woman who passed him on the way to five o'clock mass didn't dare look at him, thinking he was dead".

5:08 PM  
Blogger Jerrin Joy said...

@bharath..the kid's father..duh!!

1:58 PM  
Blogger Tessa said...

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6:18 PM  
Blogger radhika said...

nyce summary..

1:57 AM  
Blogger radhika said...

its good..btis it enough for examz...?

2:00 AM  
Blogger angels said...

thank you for giving its summary.

5:49 AM  
Blogger angels said...

thank you for giving its summary.

5:49 AM  
Blogger angels said...

thank you for giving its summary.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Rogue said...

Actually...
Someone may find Balthazar foolish as an artist. First, to give off his artwork for free to a kid. Second, to pretend and fib (for his own) that his artwork was really appreciated by the furious Mr. Montiel, just to save his pride and name. Third, to even got drunk and paid drinks for everyone (just for them to think and believe he really earned money from Mr. Montiel). But if we avidly look into Balthazar's way of covering himself from shame that his artwork wasn't really recognized by someone respected in the community, as an artist he actually overlooked a certain fact that not all can appreciate his art. He found himself delighted to know that he could use the certain situation for a greater purpose then on. Though he has to pretend. He traded money for fame. Not just money he can probably hand in for the family for a time, but fame clutching to his name that can make him earn a lot in the years to come. In here we see not a downfall of an artist, but a new beginning for him as his name is now known for a great artwork sold to someone well known with a meticulous taste of anything. Well, he had his different way though...

8:01 AM  
Blogger Bhavya Tomar said...

Perfect for kgpians!

9:12 AM  

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