Imagine that John Byro, from The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse by William Saroyan, writes a letter to his friend, expressing his feelings and thoughts about the incident of the stolen horse and the Garoghlanian boys. Write this letter, as John Byro, in about 120 words.
Answer as written by the student:
I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. I am writing to tell you about a strange incident that happened to me recently.
You know how much I love my white horse, which I bought from a farmer in Fresno. It is the most beautiful and gentle creature I have ever seen. Well, about a month ago, someone stole it from my barn. I was heartbroken and angry . I searched everywhere for it, but I could not find any trace of it.
Then, one morning, I saw two boys riding a white horse that looked exactly like mine. They were from the Garoghlanian tribe, a poor but honest clan of Armenians. I knew them well, as they often came to my farm to buy vegetables. They were Aram and Mourad, cousins and friends.
I stopped them and asked them where they got the horse. They said they had borrowed it from a friend. I did not believe them, but I did not accuse them either. I knew their family had a reputation for honesty, and I did not want to ruin it. Besides, they looked so happy and innocent on the horse, that I felt a pang of pity for them.
I decided to let them keep the horse for a while, hoping they would return it to me eventually. I also wanted to see if they could take good care of it. I visited them several times, and I was impressed by how well they treated the horse. They fed it, groomed it, and sang to it. They also taught it some tricks, like jumping over vines and fences.
After a few weeks, they brought the horse back to me. They said they were sorry for taking it without my permission, and they thanked me for letting them ride it. They said they had learned a lot from the horse, and they hoped I would forgive them. I was touched by their sincerity and generosity. I forgave them and praised them for their honesty. I also gave them a reward: I let them ride the horse whenever they wanted, as long as they asked me first.
I am glad that this incident ended well, and that I made two new friends. I think the horse is happy too, as it has more company and fun. I hope you will come and see it someday, and meet Aram and Mourad. They are wonderful boys, and they have a lot of stories to tell.
Your friend, John Byro
Step-by-step explanation of the answer:
To write this letter, you need to follow some steps:
- First, you need to introduce yourself and the purpose of the letter. You can start with a greeting, such as “Dear Friend,” and then state the main topic of the letter, such as “I am writing to tell you about a strange incident that happened to me recently.” 🖋️
- Next, you need to give some background information about the incident. You can describe your white horse, how you bought it, and how much you love it. You can also mention how it was stolen from your barn, and how you searched for it. This will help your friend understand the situation and your feelings. 🐎
- Then, you need to narrate the incident in detail. You can use chronological order, and tell what happened when you saw the boys riding the horse, how you questioned them, and how you decided to let them keep the horse for a while. 🕑
- After that, you need to explain the outcome of the incident . This will show your friend the results and consequences of the incident. 😊
- Finally, you need to conclude the letter. You can end with a friendly remark, such as “I am glad that this incident ended well, and that I made two new friends.” You can close with a sign-off, such as “Your friend, John Byro.” 🙌