How My Brother Noel Brought Home a Wife

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(By:Manuel E. Arguilla)

is a story written by Manuel Arguilla about a man who comes home to his province to introduce his wife from the city to his family. This short story won first prize in the Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940.

Manuel Estabillo Arguilla (1911 1944) was an Ilokano writer in English. He is known for his widely anthologized short story "How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife," the main story in the collection "How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife and Other Short Stories" which won first prize in the Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940.

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Baldo - younger brother of Leon, fetched Leon and Maria from the road to Nagrebcan Leon (or Noel) - older brother of Baldo who studied in Manila where he met his wife Maria - the beautiful and stunning wife of Leon from Manila Labang - the bull whom Baldo considers as his ³pet´ Norman Tabios - Maria's ex-boyfriend who happened to be a loro Gagambino - Leon's favorite fictional character who gave him lots of guts to study in Manila Churita - Labang's girlfriend/fiance

Synopsis: € Baldo and his older brother Leon were both waiting for the arrival of their visitor riding the carretela. Seeing his brother's wife, Baldo was easily taken away by the beauty of the woman from city as he narrates their journey to Nagrebcan. The idea of meeting with Leon's parents for the first time made Maria a bit anxious. But along their way home, Maria discovered the peculiarities of the life in Nagrebcan as opposed to their life in the city where she met and fell in love with Leon.

Vocabulary words

CUD/CUDS : cow, cows, chewing the cud,
chewing cud, cud, cuds, bubble gum, gum, gums, bubble gums, chewing, chew, hay, farmer, farmers, farming, livestock,

‡ YOKE : a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals (as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together. ‡ BOLTED : 1 : to move suddenly or nervously : 2 : to move or proceed rapidly :

unhitch - unfasten or release from or as if from a hitch


adv. In or at that indicated place: the house over yonder. adj. Being at an indicated distance, usually within sight: "Yonder hills," he said, pointing. pron. One that is at an indicated place, usually within sight.


jolt (j lt)

v. jolt·ed, jolt·ing, jolts
1. To move or dislodge with a sudden, hard blow; strike heavily or jarringly: jolted his opponent with a heavy punch; 2. To cause to move jerkily: 3. To put into a specified condition by or as if by a blow: 4. To make suddenly active or effective: 5. To disturb suddenly and severely;

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