Reading Response of Too Soon A Woman
This quotation“One must sometimes be cruel in order to be kind .”means that individuals sometimes have to take unwanted actions in order to protect someone they care about. There is a relevant scenario in the story, “Too Soon A Woman” by author Dorothy M. Johnson. In the story, Mary and three children are waiting for the children's father, who is searching for his uncle. However, the father only leaves a small amount of food and a horse for them. After five days, Mary searches for the horse, which is scared away by a bear. When Mary comes back, she finds a lot of mushrooms instead of the horse. At the time, Mary and the three kids are extremely hungry. Mary begins to cook the mushrooms and she tells the three kids that they are not allowed to eat. The children are disappointed because only Mary can eat the mushrooms. However, the underlying reason is that Mary does not know if the mushrooms are poisonous or not, so she decides to try them first. She has honest and good intentions and does not want the children to get hurt. Moreover, her purpose is to protect the kids because she has a responsibility to take care of them and she does so by risking her own life to protect their lives. That scenario directly relates to the original quote by showing how Mary is perceived as cruel by eating the mushrooms in front of the hungry children, but her intentions and reasons are out of kindness in order to protect them.