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The Cheftest Mourner - a Reaction the Chieftest Mourner

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he Chieftest Mourner: A Reaction The Chieftest Mourner is a story or rather a narration by a girl in her college days whose unvle died. Her uncle was given the title "the last of a distinct school of Philippine poets" and was described as "the sweetest lyre that ever throbbed with Malayan chords". The title of this story is different from the other ones I've read before because one of the words which makes it up is unfamiliar to me and to my dictionary, which makes it a bit hard to make a connection between it and the story itself. But from the word 'mourner' and 'chief' I think it means who suffered most. I believe that the narrator or the girl is the one who fits the description, which makes the title fit for the story and its theme, which is mainly about the death of a great poet. For me, the death of her uncle is indeed a great tragedy. But a part of me is saying he deserves it because he left his wife, he left the girl's Aunt Sophia alone and heartbroken. Although Aunt Sophia knew that her husband did not really intend to marry her, she was still heartbroken because of the fact that the man she loved did not learn how to love her completely, not just because of her beauty. The great poet left his wife for another woman. Why did he have to go away and find another woman to be with when he already has somebody who loves him? Couldn't the dramatic poet accept what was done to him because he got drunk? It was his fault he got drunk. Getting drunk for inspiration is definitely not an excuse. And he could have at least thought about what kind of girl he would be with. He is going to do something wrong at least do that wrong thing properly. ("Did that make sense? Hmm?") I mean, come on, talk about a control freak. The next woman he was with never let him have things done his way. Sure, she helped him when he was sick, and when he got broke and all, but if I were that guy, I'd rather go back to my real wife than stay with a devil in disguise. Maybe that terrible woman was the cause of his sickness and failures in life. It is a sad thing that he had to go through such terrible things; he probably had som much talent in poetry and the fine arts. Some part of the story struck me like lightning. There i one part that says people are confused as

to who others are referring to as the pet's wife. Is it his legal wife? Or is it his other woman? Why did they get confused when clearly Aunt Sophia is the one who should be addressed to as the pet's wife? His mistress does not have any right whatsoever to call herself the real wife. See? Control frea-ness again. She is definitely somebody who doesn't deserve a man with great talent. She should have just returned him to his real wife to avoid scandals, but unfortunately, she didn't so it cost her big time. It was a good thing that the poet's sisters stood by Aunt Sophia's side when there was an argument in the chapel during the funeral. The pet's mistress and the young man she was with were definitely flaming with rage. It serves that evil witch right to e called a 'shameless bitch'. Ok, so maybe nobody deserves to be called on after all but



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