Reader Response


Reader Response

Parlindungan Pardede

Universitas Kristen Indonesia

Reader response is a kind of essay used to express a thoughtful reaction to what (poem, short story, novel essay, or other forms of text) someone has read. It is based on the theory that the individual creates her or his own meaning through a “transaction” with the text based on personal associations. Reader response is therefore more than just a summary. It expresses an individual reader’s own view on a text and how s/he sees her/his role as a reader. To produce a reader response essay, rather than relying on other person (a teacher or critic) to give her/him a single, standard interpretation of a text, the reader learns to construct her/his own meaning by connecting the textual material to issues in her/his lives and describing what s/he experiences as s/he reads.

Since a reader response stresses the importance of the reader’s role in interpreting texts and all readers bring their own emotions, concerns, life experiences, and knowledge to their reading, no reader response essay will emerge identical with another. Twenty students assigned to respond to a single text will produce twenty subjective and unique reader response essays. Although these essays are varied in ideas, as far as they are written in the correct format, all of them could be accepted as adequate interpretation.

The length of a reader response essay is quite relative. It could be some hundreds to some thousands words long, depending on the complexity of the text responded and the depth of the expected response. Despite that, it generally consists of three basic components, but each section can consist of more than one paragraph.

Section one is used as an introductory part in which necessary information about the text and its author is identified. This section generally starts with a brief summary of the text, which covers the title, author’s name, and his/her main point—i.e. theme, main message, or central idea of the work. The summary should therefore not retell everything that happened in the work. It should express what the reader thinks the author is trying to get across.

Section two is the core of a reader response essay for it shows its writer’s reading thinking. This section comprises a good part of the reader’s response.  The reader may need to return to the work s/he read and notes the points s/he marked as significant.  She/he should pick one that s/he “connected” with and write a response to it/them.  S/he can copy part of the passage into her/his essay (using quotes when needed) or just paraphrase the idea s/he thought was the most engaging.  S/he should respond to the idea of the passage, but does not simply summarize the reading.  S/he should think about how the passage s/he chose relates to the author’s main point (from section one). It is best to try to stick to one specific point instead of trying to include everything the author addresses. That point, however, should be completely developed.

Section three reflects the writer’s goal as a reader. This is the place where s/he reacts to the point(s) analyzed in section two. S/he does this by answering some of the following questions. Is it a point I agree with?  Did it remind me of something else I have read or heard?  Does it remind me of any current issues or problems?  Does it motivate me to read other works by this author, or not? Why or why not? To whom would you recommend this text?

To see how these concepts work in a reader response essay, look at the following example. It is written after I finished reading Jason Bocarro’s short story entitled A Long Walk Home.

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Reader Response to Jason Bocarro’s A Long Walk Home

On the surface level, Bocarro’s A Long Walk Home is about teen’s tendency to rebel against their parents. But there is something special A Long Walk Home since it reveals that the one to blame for teen’s dishonesty is not the teen but the parent. In the story, Jason tries to hide his dereliction from his father by telling a lie. His father discovers Jason’s dishonesty and is very disappointed. However, instead of being angry to Jason, he punishes himself for realizing that he has failed bringing Jason up. This becomes “one of the most painful lessons” in Jason’s life. It is also the most successful on: he never lied to his father since.

A Long Walk Home is probably the short story that touched me the most. It reminds me the experiences while I passed through this stage of rebellion against my parents. I remember, for instance, I ever told my parents I had to do a project at a classmate’s house when we were actually just hanging out. I also sometimes told them I was busy doing many home works in my bedroom in order to avoid helping my mother do house works. These little snippets of dishonesty all accumulate to guilt. It seemed to me that my parents never discovered the truth. However, any time I realized how my father worked hard to suffice our needs, or when I realized how my mother still try her best to cheer each of her children, I felt that guilt became more and more irritating. Sometimes I wanted to tell them the truth, but I felt ashamed to do so. I just compensated this urge by becoming honest to them.

The point that “shocked” me in A Long Walk Home is the scene when Jason’s father punishes himself for believing that Jason’s dishonesty is due to his failure to educate him. I cannot imagine how I should have responded if my parents blamed and punished themselves for my dishonesty. Although I managed to be as honest as possible to my parents until I live my “nest”, this scene leaves me with the feeling that I wished I could tell them that I was very sorry.

I think this story will affect other people in the way it ‘touched’ me. So I recommend every teenager to read and learn from it.

P.S. Bocarro’s A Long Walk Home could be accessed at: https://parlindunganpardede.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/a-long-walk-home/

Exercise:

In the following reply section, please post your responses to:

1. Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain

2. Gale’s Bill

3. Kantor’s A Man Who Had no Eyes

4. Asimov’s True Love

5. Buckley’s Gold Mounted Guns

6. Chekov’s Misery

Put your name and student reg. number on top left, then write each response successively.

Good luck!

9 Comments

  1. YORA OCTAVIORA
    11 121 500 45

    1. Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain

    This story tells about a married couple from America who was on holiday in Italy for their honeymoon and stayed at the hotel. The wife tries to show how much she needs attention from her husband who has a cold attitude towards her. The author tries to express how important to respect and understand each other in this story.

    This story touches me the most at certain part of the story. That is when George shows his ignorance towards his own wife. He does not bother what his wife actually wants to have something (child) though she did not tell it obviously. However, the wife also a selfish and a stubborn person. This make their communication and understanding towards each other even worst.

    This story provides a lesson that the importance of communication and mutual respect among couples especially in a situation like that romantic honeymoon that they should be devoted affection of her partner but in this story she does not feel noticed and unappreciated, he is even getting attention from other men. This story is suitable for husbands to be able to make his wife happy in the future.

    2. Gale’s Bill
    Bill is a very heart touching story by Zona Gale. This story tells us about how determine a father try to raise his daughter after his wife passed away. He care so much for his daughter and try to give everything that he could to make his only daughter, Mina, happy. Until one day he found out that he was going to die and start to make preparation for Mina to leave.

    This part of the story touches me the most. I can imaged how difficult for a father to give up his only daughter for an adaption. When Bill decided to do so, he acted and reacts differently towards Mina. I think, though its hard to do so, that is the only option. It makes me think that maybe sometimes my parents ever make a hard decision for me. For example they control my social life just to prevent me from any bad influence and I might just did not realize that.

    I agreed with what Bill did for his daughter, find the right foster parents for Mina. Though in the end he tries to make Mina forget about him, that probably the best he could do. This story should be read by all teenagers. This story makes me understand how hard to be parents and it makes me realize as a daughter, my parents probably try to give me the best.

    3. Kantor’s A Man Who Had no Eyes

    This is a brilliant work of Kantor in this kind of story. It seems like an ordinary story but then it surprised me in the end. This story tells us about two blind man whose having a conversation when one of them trying to sell a lighter. Their conversation finally revealed the mystery of the truth that had been twisted around by Mr. Markwardt (the man who sells the lighter) towards Mr. Parson (the businessman).

    The element of surprise came at the end of the story when Mr. Parson finally reveals himself that he was also in the incident that caused him his sight. He dis not realize at first that Mr. Markwardt was there too until he heard the story and finds out how one can be so dishonest just to gain empathy from others. Mr. Parson accept his fate and try to continue living in a good way by struggling step by step while Mr. Markwardt was just lying about the whole story just to get some empathy and money.

    I do agree that we should show empathy to other. However we also should be careful of whom we shared our empathy with. This story also reminds us to always be grateful for what we have and try to be a honest person. Whatever we have in the world, we should always give thanks to God.

    4. Asimov’s True Love

    Another brilliant story by Asimov in this science fiction story. True Love is a story of a programmer named Milton. His one and only friend is a computer robot, named Joe who has a worldwide network of connections. Through Joe, Milton entrust everything including the journey to find a wife for him. Milton always thinks that if he wants anything, he can just ask Joe to do it for him.

    One day Milton felt alone and he wants to have a true love . Then Milton asks Joe to find her true love. During the trip Joe looking for a woman, Joe found some women but Joe is attracted to one woman named Charity Jones. They communicate until finally he fell in love with Charity Jones and she forgot that Charity should be introduced to Milton, his creator. This part of the story confused me for a while, how come a computer robot has a feeling for human. This remained until now. Its true that robot has been set to be brilliant obedient, but not included emotion.

    However, I learned something very valuable from this story that one should not rely on other to get something that he/she wants. You can’t also trust others too much or else when they betrayed you, you’ll be very disappointed. True love is a suitable story for teenagers and I recommend it to be read to understand the messages in it.

    5. Buckley’s Gold Mounted Guns

    This story is about a young man Will who is fascinated by the robber named Tommy who has a gold mounted gun. The author try to reveal Will’s opinion about being a robber. Will thinks it is very adventurous to be a robber like Tommy. Run and hide from the police are the thing that Will finds adventurous.

    It brings to my surprise that after Will saw the old man crying, his heart melted and this makes him wants to return the money and he even try to kill Tommy if Tommy stand in his way. He always think robbery is cool not knowing that one could be very sad, just like the old man.

    At the end of the story, Will finds out that Tommy is not the real robber and that he is the sheriff. Tommy give a good way for Will to realize what he’s doing is wrong. That is what important in this story. To help others to be a better person. This story should be read by all to get the valuable messages.

    6. Chekov’s Misery

    This story is about a father who has just lost his only son. Chekovs probably touched every heart who read this story. It is very touching when he tries to shows how much it hurts when we lost someone we love and no one to talk to.

    It touches me the most when Iona has only his mare to talk about his sadness since nobody seems to listen to him. I really pity Iona. However I think he is a strong figure that he swallow all his sadness inside and hide it well by not shade a tears in front of others.

    This story teaches me to be very sensitive towards others feeling and not just take other feeling lightly. We should be careful of what we said because we never knew that it might hurt others. I highly recommend this story to others. It is very touching and has a great messages that everyone should treasure.

  2. Name : Luri Rahayu
    Nim : 1112150912

    Reader Response for “Cat In The Rain” by Ernest Hemingway

    This story is started by an American couple named George and his Wife. They wanted to stay in a hotel in Italy. At the time, the rain was coming down heavily a while when the wife looked out the Hotel window. She saw the cat under the table at the park in order to keep save from the rain. The Wife said to George she wanted to go out for taking the cat. George was reading a book while he laid at the bed, he replied that he wanted to take it for her, but the Wife desired to take by herself. When she passed the Hotel office, the Wife met with the Hotel Owner, An old man that physically looked mature and warm. they made a short talk awhile and The Wife admire him in her heart, but if it is not control well it can be a big trouble for her marriage. When she arrived outside, the cat that she wanted has gone away. The Hotel Keeper gave her an umbrella due to Hotel Owner command. Upon arriving from her room, she said to George that the cat she wanted the most had gone, whereas she wanted to take care of it. George was getting disturb with his wife comments, so George command his Wife to be silent and to read some books like he did. Suddenly the Hotel Keeper knock at their door and brought the cat statue. The cat statue was made by the Hotel Owner.
    In this story “Cat In The Rain” shows the actual circumstances of our environment miss attention, miss affection, selfishness, and ignoring. As a human we are, we are the most beautiful creation of God who have love and sympathy. If in a couple the partner cannot fulfill the other needs, she/he will find it somebody else. So, it is our reality today and according to the story the wife didn’t fulfill by the her husband so she is falling in love with the Hotel Owner. High importance of understanding each other because if it is not, the marriage ages will not be everlasting. So, be loyal, be romantic and just be yourself.

    Reader Response for “Bill” by Zona Gale
    There was a small happy family, father named Bill (30) and her daughter Mina (4). The mother has already passed away. Bill is a carpenter and he opened a little shop at the yard of his house. As a single parent, Bill do all things well as a father and mother, he can cook, wash dishes, cleaning house and many more. He always give his best for Mina. He do love Mina. Due to Mina was alone Bill gave her a kitten to accompany her. They do all anythings together. Bill always teach Mina to pray every morning and take her for Sunday school. Days so excited for Bill and Mina until when Mina was growing up 6 years old. Bill feel his body unwell. So, he met up the Doctor for take control and the Doctor said Bill suffered a serious illness that cause him fight life only for six more months. This fact is beaten him down. He thought that how can my little Mina grow up without parent. Mina is six now, but still Bill think all night and day for Mina’s life. He was never think about himself then Bill have an idea, he wanted to find a foster parent for Mina so, he made an advertisement to look for the suit parent for Mina. While waiting the best parent for Mina, Bill tried to stay away from her lovely daughter in order to make Mina accustomed without him. He feel so hurt if he did to her. But this is the best decision for her daughter. Finally, Bill choose the family that their little daughter passed away, so Mina was brought by them and Bill trust family for Mina’s good future.
    This story is extra touching. How uncountable the affection of the parents, there are kindness, sincerity, pure affection no reply to their children, it always true. All parents did like Bill, did the best for their children. They don’t want their future are not capable to live independently. Parents are God’s substitute in the world so, love them as much as we can just the way they are.

    Reader response for “A Man Who Had No Eyes” by McKinlay Kantor
    In the street, there were a blind beggar carrying the traditional battered cane and sell it, named Markwardt. He really wanted to approach the man skilled laborer, successful, respected, admired, insurance, named Parsons. Mr. parsons was so in hurry in that morning, wanted to go to work, and have an appointment. And the beggar more approach him tightly, mr. markwardt offered mr. Parsons cigarette lighter handmade sell for one buck. For the first, mr Parsons refuses it because he didn’t smoke, but he bought that for somebody else. The beggar still approach him to take more money from Mr. Parsons, he started the conversation from Westbury Building, chemical explosion, there was a big explosion that caused him blind until now. The beggar twist the fact to ask more money compassion from people, include Mr. Parsons. But in this case Mr. Parsons is the person who was in that incident, so Mr. Parsons tell the truth and the beggar was getting embarrassed and angry with him.
    From the story above we learn how to live honestly as a human, because a very small untruth can be seen by others, short or long in time. So, be honest due to, what we sow, it will what we get.

    Reader response for “True Love” by Isaac Asimov
    There were a great programmer named Milton Davidson (40) who created a very smart computer device and his computer can talk like a human , he gave the name of his computer “Joe”. For long time Milton has been looking for the right and perfect suit girl for him. Due to that matter, searching for love, he created Joe as friend, Joe can filter data smartly. So, Milton commanded Joe to find out the ideal woman for him. Joe reach the databanks of every human in the world easily. First, he eliminated all men. So the rest are woman, so the next other step was filter by ages, height, the woman who cannot speak English well. Finally, after through all steps well, they can get 8 candidates who suit Milton perfectly. They arrange their meeting one by one, but while they dated Milton didn’t feel any excited feeling or something so Milton canceled all 8 candidates and coming back to Joe. He talked to Joe again and Joe suggest to not just appearance but also personality and women’s job. They tried to find awhile Milton made Joe smarter, Milton told Joe his personality , his childhood, adolescence, life experience in order to make Joe’s personality like him. If Joe is like him, so the correlation with the databanks of the 235 women candidates will be met one another. And do the psychiatric examination even though it is crime / it can called against the regulation. So, now, Joe has the same character like Milton or with the simple word Joe is second Milton. And Joe find a women named Charity Jones. Her personality is met the correlation to Joe, so they directly arranging the meeting. But before meet charity, the police arrested Milton for what he did for 10 years ago. Yes, now Joe is alone and tomorrow will be February 14th, when he has to meet Charity. Joe of course falling in love with Charity because Joe is Milton’s character which has the correlation with Charity.
    From the story above it can be seen intelligence, ruthless, and pride. Milton really tried to find very suit women for himself, his true love, but in this era always waiting and think too hard about true love will give nothing, so love and accept someone who love you as you are.

    Reader Response of “Gold Mounted Guns” By F.R. Buckley
    The story “Gold Mounted Guns” is about western cowboy life- style. It starts when in an evening Will Arblaster, a teens, approached a hard- faced man who is riding a horse in Longhorn city. Will thinks the hard- faced man is the well-known Pecos Tommy, a notorious robber, since he has the gold- mounted guns which most people know belong to Tommy. Will admires Tommy and proposes to steal money from the bank by an old man named Sanderson.
    Luckily, there is nobody in that house when Will and the hard-faced came, so Will can easily find 500 dollars bill and took it.When Sanderson back with his daughter, he cries loudly because his daughter’s two years salary is gone. Hearing that, Will feels guilty and pointing his gun to the hard- faced man, to return the money to Sanderson.
    The story remind me of something that we oftenly did under our consciousness, sometimes we thing that, it is ok to do something bad for once or it is fine to imitate others, just to make our self looks impressive. Do simple mistake once or two is not a big deal, but when just it happen we will reylize
    that it is totally wrong, this is not me and I’m not allow to do this, no I can’t do this, no I have to go back.
    The story remind us step carefully and to consider deeply before we take a decision to do something. So, I recommend every body to read the story.

    Reader Response of “Misery”By Anton Chekov’s
    The story “Misery” is about a man named Iona Potapov who is in mourning over his dead son. Iona’s son tragically died a week ago. Iona and his horse are hauling a sledge containing packages during a bitter winter day, dropping them of at various addresses. Then, Iona tries to talk to people three times about the death of his son. At the first people seems to be annoyed and unwilling to listen to Iona’s misery. He seems to not want to be burdened by Iona’s grief. Then, when Iona tells to another people about his dead son, but no one seems to care or acknowledges the fact and he get no sympathy at all. This makes him more sad and frustrated. In the end, Iona has no one to share his grief with but his horse in the stable. He says to horse that how he sad because his son’s dead and the horse listens or appears to listen in Iona’s eyes.
    I can understand Iona’s feeling, everybody need others to share, not only in joyful moment but especially when we have a problem. Sometimes we can’t tell to anybody about our problem for many reason but it is still we need at least someone beside us, maybe not to hearing our lamentation but it’s just someone to sit beside us, sometimes such thing is more than enough. Some people though it’s not our basins to know others problem, yes, as long as we are not involve in the problem but when someone come to you to mourn something, maybe it’s time to us to open our heart and try to be emphatic of others.
    The story teach us about how to understand others feeling, to be more simpatico of others problem. I hope everybody who read this story will learn the same as did when I read this.

  3. NENI HERYANI – 1112150907

    I . CAT IN THE RAIN by Hemingway

    The story describes the crisis that exists in the marriage of the couple. I found that they are having problems with their marriage – because they are on different levels: He already is a man, she is still a girl. They cannot find a mutual base for their relationship and that makes her bored by him and him annoyed by her.

    The husband has serious behavior, he treat his wife like a child seems ignore his wife. His wife feels she need for something to care for, to be responsible for, that makes her grow up, for example having a baby, own silver, eat with and candle and that cat and so on.

    George does not understand the problem of his wife and therefore of their relationship, because when she talks about letting her hair grow to make her become more female, he just tells her with disinterest that he likes it the way it is

    The story is a bit vague at its ending. Hemingway leaves the choice to the readers to whether learn something beneficial from the story or it is just a simple description of relationships between some ordinary people.

    But here , I would say that that in marriage must have understanding each other, completed each other. If they are . it might be able to save a marriage. And if there is no I belived that people were isolated, lonely and not able to establish happy relationships.
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    2. Bill by Zona Gale

    Bill has an illness , he feel is going to die, leaving his little girl lonely. On other hands, the story lets us to know about the sacrifice of father for a good family for his little girl so that he would leave her lonely in this world. Bill cooked, dressed her, took her to school, everything he do for Minna ., and finally takes the hardest decision of all trying to give her up for adoption to find the best family for his daughter. Its really hurt him but he do for her. The decisions that he had to make for Minna’s happyness .
    The author make us imagine the characters like Bill and Minna and also the woman next door, or the setting like Bill’s carpenter shop and the house. It has the elements to catch reader’s attention like Bill’s t illness or the family who will adopt his daughter, all these things .Its make the story more life.

    Bill is not only story but we can find in in reality life . We live day by day in Indonesia where we can see parent, single mother / father raising their children in difficult situations but with love can defeat how love can defeat and overcome any situation in life..

    I reflect, left for me a teaching, to live each day as if it were the last day, trying to make the best of each one, in everything, in our studies, work, sharing happy moments with our family and friends without thinking of the suffering, to do the best of each one and trying to make others happy .
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    3. A MAN WHO HAD NO EYES by MacKinlay Kantor

    The story of the unexpected meeting of two blind men who lost their eyesight in a gas explosion. There was quite a contrast between the two characters, aside from the obvious social class differences. Their personalities are opposite.

    Mr. Parsons worked hard although he is handicaps . For his position.he was not all hurt in the explosion. He worked hard and became a successful insurance salesman and led a prosperous

    Markwardr.Parsons was fortunate; complacent life. Markwardt became blind beggar, a shaggy thick necked person. The beggar uses his dramatic story to get money.

    The surprise ending comes when Parsons reveals himself and the beggar identity.
    They have suffered the same fate, but have surmounted their difficulties in quite different ways.

    So for me , I would say that this story have moral message that a man who has the will can do great deeds even he is handicap, I must learn from Parson that he does not let his handicaps deter him,

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    4. TRUE LOVE by Isaac Aimov

    Joe is computer that built by Milton. Joe can speak and feel exactly like a human being. But if he has emotions.. In fact, Milton wants Joe to solve his problem : he is forty and he is still single. So he asks Joe to seek in the world’s main network, where each human being’s personal data are, i

    In order to find a girl who will perfectly fit him. But because Joe needs data to find this girl, Milton is forced to tell him all his memories. He tells him so, but the main consequence is that Joe starts to become Milton’s equal….

    Love is a very unique feeling which cannot be forced and also not based on physical characteristics but on each one’s personality. Sometimes we forget it and when we are not instantly attracted by someone we don’t even consider that that person might be “the one”.

    Sometime “physical feeling” is related to the outlook, but love goes beyond those boundaries. It is built from special moments lived between the lovers and based on mutual respect and kind ship.

    Milton tries to look for his ideal girl according to certain characteristics and, when he meets the perfect ones, he doesn’t feel any touch or true love.

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    5. GOLD MAUNTED GUNS by FR BUCKLEY

    The story begin when the young man approached the hard-face man named Pecos Tommy. Willy the young man very proud of Tommy and he want to joint with him by purpose to steal money from the old man, Sanderson.

    The story very dramatic. The very hurtful expression of the old man and his daughter can change Willy’s mind. Willy feel guilty. He force Tommy to return the money and after that he realizes Tommy is the sheriff who killed the bandit one day ago.

    The story is about true lesson in life that he made dirty criminal.He realize that he had realized that he had made a big mistake in his life,
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    6. MISERY by Anton Chekov

    This story about despair and misery because the main character is sentiment, Lona Potapov. He is extremerely miserable, he want to speak to human about his son’s death unfortunately no one listen finally he talk to horse. The little mare munches, listens, and breaths on her master’s hands.

    He wants to tell how his son was taken ill, how he suffered, what he said before he died, how he died. Lonas’ son has died, and he feels as though it should have been he to the grave instead of his youthful son.

    IBut I can understand how’s his feeling because feelings and emotions overwhelm can come to us in life when we lost someone of a loved-one. Sometime we feel guilt, blame, and denial are all part of the experiences we go through in mourning the passing death/lost. All this happen to Lona , can it happen to us also. A large amount of what we experience is directly related to the environment that we are in when the death occurs. Iona had an especially tough time with this experience in the setting that he was placed in.

  4. Reader Response for “Cat In The Rain” by Ernest Hemingway

    This short story is started by an American couple named George and his Wife. They wanted to stay in a hotel in Italy. At that time, the rain was coming down heavily awhile when the wife looked out the Hotel window. She saw the cat under the table at the park in order to keep save from the rain. The Wife said to George she wanted to go out for taking that cat. George was reading a book while he laid at the bed, he replied that he wanted to take it for her, but the Wife desired to take by herself. When she passed the Hotel office, the Wife met with the Hotel Owner, An old man that physically looked mature and warm. they made a short talk awhile and The Wife admire him in her heart, but if it is not control well it can be a big trouble for her marriage life. When she arrived outside, the cat that she wanted the most has gone away. The Hotel Keeper gave her an umbrella due to Hotel Owner command. Upon arriving from her room, she said to George that the cat she wanted the most had gone, whereas she wanted to take care of it. George was getting disturb with his wife comments, so George command his Wife to be silent and to read some books like he did. Suddenly the Hotel Keeper knock at their door and brought the cat statue. The cat statue was made by the Hotel Owner.
    From this story “Cat In The Rain” shows the actual circumstances of our enviroments miss attention, selfishness, miss affection and ignoring. As a human we are, we are the most beautiful creation of God who have love and sympathy. If in a couple the partner cannot fulfill the other needs, she/he will find it somebody else. So, it is our reality today and according to the story the wife didn’t fulfill by the her husband so she is falling in love with the Hotel Owner. High importance of understanding each other because if it is not, the marriage ages will not be everlasting. So, be loyal, be romantic and just be yourself.

    Reader Response for “Bill” by Zona Gale

    There was a small happy family, father named Bill (30) and her daughter Mina (4). The mother has already passed away. Bill is a carpenter and he opened a little shop at the yard of his house. As a single parent, Bill do all things well as a father and mother, he can cook, wash dishes, cleaning house and many more. He always give his best for Mina. He do love Mina and in verse. Due to Mina was alone Bill gave her a kitten to accompany her. They do all things together everyday. Bill always teach Mina to pray every morning and take her for Sunday school. Days so excited for Bill and Mina until when Mina was growing up 6 years old. Bill feel his body unwell. So, he met up the Doctor for take control and the Doctor said Bill suffered a serious illness that cause him fight life only for six more months. This fact is beaten him down. He thought that how can my little Mina grow up without parent. Mina is six now, but still Bill think all night and day for Mina’s life. He was never think about himself then Bill have an idea, he wanted to find a foster parent for Mina so, he made an advertisement to look for the suit parent for Mina. While waiting the best parent for Mina, Bill tried to stay away from her lovely daughter in order to make Mina accustomed without him. He feel so hurt if he did to her. But this is the best decision for her daughter. Finally, Bill choose the family that their little daughter passed away, so Mina was brought by them and Bill trust family for Mina’s good future.
    This story is extra touching. How uncountable the affection of the parents, there are kindness, sincerity, pure affection no reply to their children, it always true. All parents did like Bill, did the best for their children. They don’t want their future are not capable to live independently. Parents are God’s substitute in the world so, love them as much as we can just the way they are.

    Reader response for “A Man Who Had No Eyes” by McKinlay Kantor

    In the street, there were a blind beggar carrying the traditional battered cane and sell it, named Markwardt. He really wanted to approach the man skilled laborer, successful, respected, admired, insurance, named Parsons. Mr. parsons was so in hurry in that morning, wanted to go to work, and have an appointment. And the beggar more approach him tightly, mr. markwardt offered mr. Parsons cigarette lighter handmade sell for one buck. For the first, mr Parsons refuses it because he didn’t smoke, but he bought that for somebody else. The beggar still approach him to take more money from Mr. Parsons, he started the conversation from Westbury Building, chemical explosion, there was a big explosion that caused him blind until now. The beggar twist the fact to ask more money compassion from people, include Mr. Parsons. But in this case Mr. Parsons is the person who was in that incident, so Mr. Parsons tell the truth and the beggar was getting embarrassed and angry with him.
    From the story above we learn how to live honestly as a human, because a very small untruth can be seen by others, short or long in time. So, be honest due to, what we sow, it will what we get.

    Reader response for “True Love” by Isaac Asimov

    There were a great programmer named Milton Davidson (40) who created a very smart computer device and his computer can talk like a human , he gave the name of his computer “Joe”. For long time Milton has been looking for the right and perfect suit girl for him. Due to that matter, searching for love, he created Joe as friend, Joe can filter data smartly. So, Milton commanded Joe to find out the ideal woman for him. Joe reach the databanks of every human in the world easily. First, he eliminated all men. So the rest are woman, so the next other step was filter by ages, height, the woman who cannot speak English well. Finally, after through all steps well, they can get 8 candidates who suit Milton perfectly. They arrange their meeting one by one, but while they dated Milton didn’t feel any excited feeling or something so Milton canceled all 8 candidates and coming back to Joe. He talked to Joe again and Joe suggest to not just appearance but also personality and women’s job. They tried to find awhile Milton made Joe smarter, Milton told Joe his personality , his childhood, adolescence, life experience in order to make Joe’s personality like him. If Joe is like him, so the correlation with the databanks of the 235 women candidates will be met one another. And do the psychiatric examination even though it is crime / it can called against the regulation. So, now, Joe has the same character like Milton or with the simple word Joe is second Milton. And Joe find a women named Charity Jones. Her personality is met the correlation to Joe, so they directly arranging the meeting. But before meet charity, the police arrested Milton for what he did for 10 years ago. Yes, now Joe is alone and tomorrow will be February 14th, when he has to meet Charity. Joe of course falling in love with Charity because Joe is Milton’s character which has the correlation with Charity.
    From the story above it can be seen intelligence, ruthless, and pride. Milton really tried to find very suit women for himself, his true love, but in this era always waiting and think too hard about true love will give nothing, so love and accept someone who love you as you are.

  5. Name : Kristina Dyah Ayu
    NIM : 1112150902

    Dear Sir Parlin.
    These are my reader response’s assignment.
    Thank you.

    Reader Response of “Cat in the Rain”
    By Ernest Hemingway

    The story of “Cat in the rain” is about a couple named George and his wife who spent their time in a hotel. It was heavy raining fell. There is something peculiar in this story, usually when a husband and wife stay in a hotel room, they must be have a romance momment together but in fact they just like a stranger one another. The husband stuck on the book on his hands and less attention to his wife.
    Cat in the rain is one of irony sample of marriages life which we can see around us. There are so many people who decide to live in marriages without loving each other. I just feel how pity of them who live on that kind of marriages. I’m not married yet and of course I asks to God to send the best man to stand besides me, someone who will loves me just the way I am, someone who with him, I can share everything and grow in love with God.
    The point that “shocked” me in Cat in the rain is when the hotel keeper come and offer help to get the cat, not her husband who supposed trying to make his wife happy. Moreover, finally the wife find what she looking for that she can’t get from her husband, a small thing to smile, a simple reason to feel happy , not from her husband but from other.
    I think the story is good for adult reader, we can learn about one thing from the story, it is not easy to live in marriages without love. It’s wants to warn the reader to be wise before take a great decision, to be commited to live in marriages with someone.
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    Reader Response of “A Man Who Had No Eyes”
    By MacKinlay Kantor

    The story of “A Man Who Had No Eyes” is about two men who meet in strange situation, one with his elegancy and the other in his poorness, is about two men who stand for their lives. Their meeting opened old story, scrape bad memory and reveal truthness between them.
    We should feel pity of the beggar, of bad destiny that he has but if we continue to read the story till end, we will know that not all the pathetic that we see is deserve to be pitied. The point that “ surprised” me in“A Man Who Had No Eyes” is the scene when Mr. Parson said“The story is true, I was in the shop, but you, you were the fellow who hauled back on me and climbed over me. You were bigger than I was, Markwardt.”
    This is good story, I think we can learn about honesty from the story. Everything or anything that we’ve done will be count by God, whether it is good or bad. So I recommend every body to read the story.
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    Reader Response of “Bill”
    By Zona Gale

    The story “Bill” is about a parent’s love to their child, is about someone who dedicated his life for his lovely one daughter. Someone who put a side his own needs of love and attention from an equal person, alone, work and took care his little girl, make sure that she will get the best like other child get. Nina, the little girl as told in the story became the most precious for her father. Bill is a good man, good father with a great love, sincere and faitfullness at the same time.
    The sadest part of the story is when Bill relized that he has serious illness that persuade him to alienate his daughter from him. Mina is the reason for Bill to survive, to live, Mina is his world. There is only one thing he asks to God is to give him time to find a good place and good parent to replace his place. Someone that he can trusted to take care his precious daughter.
    There is a great hurt feeling in his heart when he saw Mina walk away with her new parent without looking back, it is sad when he imagine that the time when he saw his daughter’s back is the last time for him to see her. In other side, no doubt, Bill feels greatfull that Mina meet best parent, and in His love hands, he surrender his life peacefully.
    It’s very touching story, I couldn’t stop my tears drop when I read the story. The story remind me to my own parent’s love to me. There are many times that I could understand of their decision for me, there are sometimes that I feel they don’t or they love my sister and brother more than me. I think the story will affect other people in the way it”touched” me. So, I recommend every body to read the story.

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    Reader Response of “True Love”
    By Isaac Asimov

    The story “True Love” is about a man named Milton Davidson who spent his whole life with his computer, talk and share his thought with his computer, a non living thing, until one day he decided to find a girl, the best one, someone perfect, to find his true love. It is very silly, when Milton said that love is abstract, he just asks his great computer to help him to find an ideal girl for him.
    He starts to looking for the girl that he dreamed, He found one beautiful women and go out for dinner but”it was no good, I did not feel any touch of true love” he said at the end and so with eight others. 227 women left and finaly he found one almost perfect. But just after he found the girl that he looking for, he arrested on grounds of malfeasance in office.
    What is true love exactly? Is it someone good? Someone with fit personality? Somenoe perfect? NO! Because there is no one perfect, it is not love when you want others to do what you want only or to be like you, if this is what you looking for, you are not looking for a true love but you just try to find someone else looks like you or your own reflection. Love is when we feel happy with someone beside us no matter what he is, love is when we can feel his sadness, it is love when we can still love him with all the existence.
    In this instant world, people starting to lost their sense of love, they just know to find someone that will give benefit is something important to do. What is love? People don’t want to learn how to love or to be loved. We should learn from our grandma and grandpa about this. For me it is the most important to stay with someone I love no matter how, someone who loves me just the way I am.
    The story is not talking about love exactly but it just someone who trying to find someone looks like him or his own reflection. This is not good love story, I don’t like the story ends. So, I don’t recommend anybody to read the story.

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    Reader Response of “Gold Mounted Guns”
    By F.R. Buckley

    The story “Gold Mounted Guns” is about western cowboy life- style. It starts when in an evening Will Arblaster, a teens, approached a hard- faced man who is riding a horse in Longhorn city. Will thinks the hard- faced man is the well-known Pecos Tommy, a notorious robber, since he has the gold- mounted guns which most people know belong to Tommy. Will admires Tommy and proposes to steal money from the bank by an old man named Sanderson.
    Luckily, there is nobody in that house when Will and the hard-faced came, so Will can easily find 500 dollars bill and took it.When Sanderson back with his daughter, he cries loudly because his daughter’s two years salary is gone. Hearing that, Will feels guilty and pointing his gun to the hard- faced man, to return the money to Sanderson.
    The story remind me of something that we oftenly did under our consciousness, sometimes we thing that, it is ok to do something bad for once or it is fine to imitate others, just to make ourself looks impressive. Do simple mistake once or two is not a big deal, but when just it happen we will relize that it is totaly wrong, this is not me and I’m not allow to do this, no I can’t do this, no I have to go back.
    The story remind us step carefully and to consider deeply before we take a decision to do something. So, I recommend every body to read the story.

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    Reader Response of “Misery”
    By Anton Chekov’s

    The story “Misery” is about a man named Iona Potapov who is in mourning over his dead son. Iona’s son tragically died a week ago. Iona and his horse are hauling a sledge containing packages during a bitter winter day, dropping them of at various addresses. Then, Iona tries to talk to people three times about the death of his son. At the first people seems to be annoyed and unwilling to listen to Iona’s misery. He seems to not want to be burdened by Iona’s grief. Then, when Iona tells to another people about his dead son, but no one seems to care or acknowledges the fact and he get no sympathy at all. This makes him more sad and frustrated. In the end, Iona has no one to share his grief with but his horse in the stable. He says to horse that how he sad because his son’s dead and the horse listens or appears to listen in Iona’s eyes.

    I can understand Iona’s feeling, everybody need others to share, not only in joyfull moment but especially when we have a problem. Sometimes we can’t tell to anybody about our problem for many reason but it is still we need at least someone beside us, maybe not to hearing our lamentation but it’s just someone to sit beside us, sometimes such thing is more than enough. Some people though it’s not our bisnis to know others problem, yes, as long as we are not involve in the problem but when someone come to you to mourn something, maybe it’s time to us to open our heart and try to be emphatic of others.
    The story teach us about how to understand others feeling, to be more simphatic of others problem. I hope everybody who read this story will learn the same as did when I read this.

  6. Reader Response to Ernest Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain
    This story was about a couple from america who stayed in the hotel in italy. the american wife stood at the window and looking out. She saw there was a cat in the rain and she asked her husband to get the cat but her husband just went on reading, lying proped up with the two pillows at the foot of the bed. He just ignored her wife but her wife was going down directly to get the cat.
    Cat in the rain is short story that have deeply meaning but a liitle bit complicated. The wife really wanted to get the cat but her husband was still busy with his reading. It means this couple is a new couple and just had honeymoon in the hotel but if i see the situation between the wife and husband didnot have harmony. The husband did not take care about what the wife wanted. In other side, there was a hotelkeeper that more take care when the american wanted to get the cat in outside. The hotelkeeper offered to help the american wife to get the cat and laned the umbrella.
    The point that “shocked” me in this story is the scene when the hotelkeeper gave the tortoise-shell cat to the american wife. The cat in this story means like a baby. So it’s not normal in our culture if we get the baby not from our husband but from other person. So as a husband, he have to notice about her wife and more understand to make her wife was happier.
    I think this story will effect other people especially a husband. As couple, they have to complete their life each other. So, I recommend every husband to read this story and learn from it.

    Reader Response to Zona Gale’s Bill
    This story tells about there was a carpenter shop, his name is bill that has a little child, her name is minna. Minna was still four years old when her mom passed away. Bill was alone to take care of his child. He try to cook and tided up everything everyday for her child and he gave a little kitten to her child so she would not be lonely when he had to go to work and left her children was alone at home. This becomes ‘’ one of the most ‘’ touchable lesson ‘’ in bill life. He must try to the best for his child.
    Bill is probably short story that touched me the most. When she to kiss her father that night, her father made excuse, for he must never kiss her now. He held her arm’s length, looked in her eyes, said ‘Minna is a big girl now. That part is reminds me about my dad had passed away. In this story, bill knew he wanted to pass away that is why he made the distance with her child. But my dad he did not know he wanted to pass away but he always gave a beautiful moment with me every moment. But bill wanted to make the child was not really sad when he gone.
    The point that makes me cried when I read this story is when minna left her father and went together with her new parent without said bye-bye to her father. Her father was intentionally to make an advertisement about adoption for her child because he would pass away so he had find parent for her daughter to take care of her. Finally he found the persons that could take care of minna. He believe because they have sorrowful story same with bill.
    I think this story will affect other people in the way it ‘’ touched me ‘’. As a good father, father has to give the best for her child whenever his condition. So I recommend every child and parents to read and learn from this story.

    Reader Response to Isaac Asimov’s True Love
    This story tells about there was programmer, his name is milton and his computer’s name is Joe. Joe is part of the multivac-complax is connected with other parts all over the world. Joe is milton’s best friend. Eventhough, joe is only computer but milton said joe talked very well. Milton had never married though he was nearby 40 years old. He has never found the right woman and he wanted to find the best woman using his best friend, his computer to help him. Though the computer did not what is true love but milton believed that the computer would find the ideal girl for him.
    True love is probably is impossible story for me that will happened in real life. This story made me suprised when I saw there a human that has brain, feeling and thinking could believe to the computer. The man made program inside the computer to eliminate the woman that did not match with his requirement became his wife. In this story is talking about believeness of person to person that was really closed with him. But the computer did not keep his promise to Milton. Joe had found the ideal girl for Milton but he did not describe to Milton. In this story the computer is like our friend that was sometimes could make us disappointed.
    The point that ‘’ shocked ‘’ me in True love is the scene when Joe did not describe her to Milton because He felt happy with charity, the girl that he found for Milton. Charity was increasing and astonishing resonance. Milton knew that Joe did bad something to him. He did not want to talk with Joe that would make his offense much worse. Finally Milton was gone and tomorrow is February 14. Then charity will change Milton position to operate Joe.
    I think this story will affect other people. We have to consider as well of we want to give full believe to person. Basically human is only make us disappointed even is only things. We only must believe in God because love and other grace come from God. So we have to surrender everything to God. So I recommend this story to persons that have not got the love yet.

  7. El. Febriana Fita W. / 1112150011

    Dear Sir Parlin.
    These are my reader response’s assignment.
    Thank you.

    Reader Response to Earnest Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain”

    Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain” is short story about an American couples who have planning to Italy. They stayed at a luxury hotel in Italy with amazing scenery. On arrival at the hotel, George’s wife looked around and enjoys the water. Suddenly, his eyes fixed on a cat under a desk. George’s wife wanted the cat. She wants to hold and cherish it. She asked George to get the cat, but George ignored her. Finally, she decided to take the cat. When passing through the hotel office, she met with the owner of the hotel, an old man, patient, caring and loving. George’s wife seems respect to him. When she got in the park, she did not find the cat. George’s wife was very disappointed. She returned to his room and told George but George still will not know. Finally, the bedroom door is knocked, a waiter carrying a statue of the cat from owner of the hotel for George’s wife.

    From the story, we can know that every woman wants to be understood by their partner. It is because sense of protected and loved. If it is not met then, not infrequently many couples who cheat because they feel uncomfortable, do not get what they expect. However, this does not mean to justify the existence of the affair. In fact it is a false choice. When the beginning of a relationship is function for us to know each other and understand each other. Thus we will know what desirable partner is. In this case need extra patience for a relationship that is peaceful, harmonious and happy.

    To make a good relationship is not only women want to be understood but also men want to be understood. So, let’s maintain a harmonious relationship and full of love.

    “Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil; It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true; Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.” (1 Chorintians 13:4-7)

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    Reader Response Zona Gale’s “Bill”

    Gale’s “Bill” tells about a father was thirty years old, named Bill and his daughter was four years old, named Minna who left by his wife/Minna’s mom passed away. So he replaced his wife’s role in his family. He who takes care of all the housekeeping, such as cooking and taking care of his daughter. Until in the end, he suffered severe illness when his daughter was six years old. Doctors estimate that his age was six months to live. Because of his illness, He was not allowed to kiss and hug her as usual. Finally he decided to find adoptive parents for Minna, so that later take care her until adult.

    This story is very touching. It is almost same with my friend’s family’s life story, named Fita. She has almost ten years abandoned by his father and he only lived with her mother. Her mother is a great person who very important to her. Her mother is struggling to fulfill all the needs of the family, such as school fees until she graduated from high school, bought all the needs for her that she should be happy like other kids on her age. Sometimes, Fita very angry, disappointed and sad when reminded of the attitude of his father left her and her mother offhand. However, her mother is always strengthen her and tries to give sense to her to want to forgive her father. Finally she decided to work after high school graduation. She has a purpose to make her mother proud and happy by continue her study to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Now, it becomes realization. She became one of the student private universities in Jakarta. I am so proud with her.

    So, from this story we can know that Bill and my friend’s mother are great parents. We also can learn that we have to receive whatever which happened in our life conditions. Never give up achieving a great dream, love and respect your parents. Be thankful that you still have a complete family, Love them while you can, because they are very involved in our lives. Our parents are a great people in the world.

    “Give honour to your father and your mother: and, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself.” (Matthew 19:19)

    ———————————————————————————————————–Reader Response to Isaac Asimov’s “True Love”

    Asimov’s True Love is short story about a man named Milton who asked help to his computer robot named Joe to find the perfect women for him to marry. He entered the program characteristics of the ideal type of women that he wanted. Joe did it; he began to eliminate the women who do not fit with the criteria, until Joe found 235 women who fit to Milton. Milton pick eight women who really matching him. He began dating, dinners, etc. However, from the eight women there was no one fit to Milton. Finally Joe found the woman who is really fit and in accordance with the criteria of Milton, whose name was Charity Jones. Apparently, Joe fell in love with this woman and he stated that she is his true love. He also kept this a secret from Milton. Then Joe finds a way to be rid of Milton.

    This story tells us that true love is a love that is willing to accept us as we are, complement each other, because the difference was lovely and certainly need to struggle or real action to get it. Do not expect that true love will come by itself or it will come because it is presented by our friends. We must strive to look, with prayer and sure to God’s help, we will get it. As written, ”Make a request, and it will be answered; what you are searching for you will get; give the sign, and the door will be open to you:” (Matthew 7:7), so let us find our true love.

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    Reader Response to Mackinly Kantor’s “A man who had no eyes”

    Kantor’s A man who had no eyes is short story about two men who are very different from the appearance such as physical, and social status. The first man is a blind men, with a creased appearance, unkempt and a job as a beggar. While the second man named Mr. Parsons was a men with a neat appearance, clean and appears to be a successful person.

    One day the beggar started the action with a cheat (selling cigarettes) to Mr. Parsons and start wrenching story of his life story about the cause he became blind. By selling the story, he earned money. However, Mr. Parsons was a friend of the office first. In addition, he was the victim of selfishness over the beggar, when there is a fire in the office of the beggar did not help Mr. Parsons, actually even harming Mr. Parsons that he survived the incident without regard to others.

    This story is very interesting. It is so clearly illustrated the differences attitudes and social status of person. From this story, we can conclude that we should live together in mutual help, not to be selfish. The selfishness is actually will cause harm to oneself as experienced by a blind man. He became blind because of his selfishness in order to survive the crash. But, his life became even worse, he was poor, did not have a job and live on the streets.
    So let us help each other, in order to bring happiness, peace, and prosperity for all.

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    Reader Response to F. R. Buckley’s “Gold Mounted Guns”

    Buckley’s “Gold Mounted Guns” tells about a man named Will Alblaster, which finally met a well-known criminal in Longhorn City, named Tommy Pecos. When meeting with Tommy, Will very easily recognize it because Tommy is a criminal with gold guns. Then Will decides to join Tommy. To prove that Will is a tough and reliable in Tommy’s group, he requested that the action robbed in a village by him. Finally the day where they will perform the action has arrived. He managed to rob the house of an old man in the village. He performed the action well. He felt happy and proud. However, Tommy asked Will to wait for the old man went home. The old man was very sad to find his house robbed. It is the result of his daughter efforts for two years. Knowing that Will is very sad, and then apologized to the old man. He also decided to refund the money that has been robbed. Seeing that Tommy was not angry at all, because of that Will knows that he is not the Pecos Tommy, but a sheriff who killed Tommy.

    This story is very interesting. And I recommend to you to read it, because it tells how a man so evil but still has a good heart and still caring for others. This is an attitude that is unusually good for a criminal like Will. So it’s not necessarily a criminal does not have the side of goodness. So do not judge that he is not a good person. Therefore make them believe that they have the goodness.

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    Reader Response to Anton Chekov’s “Misery”

    Chekov’s “Misery” tells about a man, named Iona Potapov, who has lost his because of illness. He was very sad. Then he wanted to tell his grief to someone, so he could get a bit better condition. But, there was no one wants to hear his story. Every day, He worked as a sledge driver. He want told his grief to his passengers, but no one wanted to know it. They were so busy with their own business and did not want to know others problem. Iona was very disappointed because of it. Finally, he decided to tell his grief to his horses because no one wanted to hear his story. What a pity he was, because of his condition.

    It is very touching story. I cannot imagine if I’m in that condition. It will make me stressful, hard to overcome my life. But I never give up finding someone who wants to hear my problems and try to solve my problem. So, I have to make a good relationship with others, help and care others. So when I get a problem, I have a family, friends that will cheer, pray and encourage me.

  8. Wisnu Tri Utami
    1112150013

    1. Reader Response of “Cat in the Rain” By Ernest Hemingway

    The story of “Cat in the rain” is about a an American man and wife on vacation in Italy. He named George and his wife who spent their time in a hotel. It was heavy raining fell. There is something peculiar in this story, Hemingway tries to tell that the characterizations of George and his wife demonstrate how the couple needs some type of change in order to save their relationship. Usually when a husband and the wife stay in a hotel room, they must be have a romance momment together but in fact they just like a stranger one another. The husband stuck on the book on his hands and less attention to his wife.
    Cat in the rain is an interesting short story. It’s one of an irony sample of marriages life which we can see around us. The reality to this is that we are not so superior and tend to take the easy way out in relationships. There are so many people who decide to live in marriages without loving each other. I just feel how pity of them who live on that kind of marriages. I’m not married yet and of course I asks to God to send the best man to stand besides me, someone who will loves me just the way I am, someone who with him I can share everything and grow in love with God.
    The point in Cat in the Rain that we must respect, understand and love our partner. Moreover, finally the wife find what she looking for that she can’t get from her husband, a small thing to smile, a simple reason to feel happy not from her husband but from other.
    I think the story is good for adult reader, we can learn about one thing from the story. It is not easy to live in marriages without love. We need to be more understand and know our partner. It’s wants to warn the reader to be wise before take a great decision, to be commiting to live in marriages with someone.

    2. Reader Response of “Bill” By Zona Gale

    The story “Bill” is about a man call Bill and he is parent’s love to his child. It is about someone who dedicated his life for his lovely one daughter. Someone who put a side his own needs of love and attention from an equal person, alone, work and took care his little girl, make sure that she will get the best like other child get. Nina, the little girl as told in the story became the most precious for her father. Bill is a good man, good father with a great love, sincere and faithfulness at the same time.
    The saddest part of the story is when Bill realized that he has serious illness that persuade him to alienate his daughter from him. Mina is the reason for Bill to survive, to live, Mina is his world. There is only one thing he asks to God is to give him time to find a good place and good parent to replace his place. Someone that he can trust to take care his precious daughter.
    There is a great hurt feeling in his heart when he saw Mina walk away with her new parent without looking back, it is sad when he imagine that the time when he saw his daughter’s back is the last time for him to see her. In other side, no doubt, Bill feels Grateful that Mina has met the best parent, and in His love hands, he surrender his life peacefully.
    I recommend everybody to read the story. It’s very touching story, I couldn’t stop my tears drop when I read the story. The story has remind me to my own parent’s love to me. As a daughters we never know how big our father’s love and really care with our life. We never know till when we will life together with our father. There are many times that I could understand of their decision for me, there are sometimes that I feel they don’t or they love my sister and brother more than me. I think the story will affect other people in the way it was”touched” me.

    3. Reader Response of “A Man Who Had No Eyes” By Mac Kinlay Kantor’s

    The story of “A Man Who Had No Eyes” is about two men who meet in strange situation, one with his elegancy and the other in his poorness, is about two men who stand for their lives. Their meeting opened old story, scrape bad memory and reveal disbelief between them.
    We should feel pity of the beggar, of bad destiny that he has but if we continue to read the story till end, we will know that not all the pathetic that we see is deserve to be pitied.The point that “surprised” me in “A Man Who Had No Eyes” is the scene when Mr. Parson said “The story is true, I was in the shop, but you, you were the fellow who hauled back on me and climbed over me. You were bigger than I was, Markwardt.”
    It is good story, I think we can learn about honesty from the story. Everything or anything that we’ve done will be count by God, whether it is good or bad. So I recommend every body to read the story.

    4. Reader Response of “True Love” By Isaac Asimov

    The story “True Love” is about a man named Milton Davidson that tries to find his true love by employing a computer. He spent his whole life with his computer, talk and share his thought with his computer, a non living thing, until one day he decided to find a girl, the best one, someone perfect, to find his true love. It is very silly, when Milton said that love is abstract, he just asks his great computer to help him to find an ideal girl for him.
    He starts to looking for the girl that he dreamed, eliminate younger than 25, all older than 40,all with IQ under 120, all with height under 150 centimeters and over 175 centimeters, women with living children, women with various genetic characteristics, women with red hair. He found one beautiful women and go out for dinner but”it was no good, I did not feel any touch of true love” he said at the end and so with eight others. 227 women left and finally he found one almost perfect. But just after he found the girl that he looking for, he arrested on grounds of malfeasance in office.
    What is true love exactly? Is it someone good? Someone with fit personality? Someone perfect? NO! Because there is no one perfect, it is not love when you want others to do what you want only or to be like you, if this is what you looking for, you are not looking for a true love but you just try to find someone else looks like you or your own reflection. Love is when we feel happy with someone beside us no matter what he is, love is when we can feel his sadness, it is love when we can still love him with all the existence.
    In this instant world, people starting to lost their sense of love, they just know to find someone that will give benefit is something important to do. What is love? People don’t want to learn how to love or to be loved. We should learn from our grandma and grandpa about this. For me it is the most important to stay with someone I love no matter how, someone who loves me just the way I am.
    I recommend anybody to read the story. The story is not talking about love exactly but it just someone who trying to find someone looks like him or his own reflection. To my mind the story True Love is really unrealistic, because it is not possible to make computers think like humans. There is no danger for us that computers can get control humans.

    5. Reader Response of “Gold Mounted Guns” By F.R. Buckley

    The story “Gold Mounted Guns” is about western cowboy life- style. It starts when in an evening Will Arblaster, a teens, approached a hard- faced man who is riding a horse in Longhorn city. Will thinks the hard- faced man is the well-known Pecos Tommy, a notorious robber, since he has the gold- mounted guns which most people know belong to Tommy. Will admires Tommy and proposes to steal money from the bank by an old man named Sanderson.
    Luckily, there is nobody in that house when Will and the hard-faced came, so Will can easily find 500 dollars bill and took it.When Sanderson back with his daughter, he cries loudly because his daughter’s two years salary is gone. Hearing that, Will feels guilty and pointing his gun to the hard- faced man, to return the money to Sanderson.
    The story remind me of something that we often did under our consciousness, sometimes we thing that, it is ok to do something bad for once or it is fine to imitate others, just to make ourselves looks impressive. Do simple mistake once or two is not a big deal, but when just it happen we will realize that it is totally wrong, this is not me and I’m not allow to do this, no I can’t do this, no I have to go back.
    I recommend everybody to read the story. The story remind us step carefully and to consider deeply before we take a decision to do something.

    6. Reader Response of “Misery” By Anton Chekov’s

    The story “Misery” is about a man named Iona Potapov who is in mourning over his dead son. Iona’s son tragically died a week ago. Iona and his horse are hauling a sledge containing packages during a bitter winter day, dropping them of at various addresses. Then, Iona tries to talk to people three times about the death of his son. At the first people seems to be annoyed and unwilling to listen to Iona’s misery. He seems to not want to be burdened by Iona’s grief. Then, when Iona tells to another people about his dead son but , no one seems to care or acknowledges the fact and he get no sympathy at all. This makes him more sad and frustrated. In the end, Iona has no one to share his grief with but his horse in the stable. He says to horse that he how sad because his son dead and the horse listens or appears to listen in Iona’s eyes.
    I know what Iona’s feel. Sometime we need someone to listen our grief, that make us feel be valued. Everyone has his own problems but we have to practice ourselves on being sympathetic with others, we have to learn how to listen. After reading “Misery” Hopefully, I and all who have read this story will become more kindhearted and more care to others grief.

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    Reader Response to Ernest Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain

    Ernest Hemingway’s Cat in the Rain is about American couple having their vacation and stay at a Hotel somewhere in Europe. One day it was raining and when the wife looked out through the window, she saw a cat took shelter under a table. Feeling sorry for the cat she decided to go downstairs and rescued the cat. Her husband offered a help but she insisted on doing it herself. On her way, she met with the hotel keeper and having short conversation. She really liked the hotel keeper, his seriousness, his dignity, his services, even his physique. When she arrived outside the Hotel the cat was gone so she went back to the room. Then, she started to complain about everything in her life but her husband didn’t seem care enough with her grievance.
    Something to learn from this story is about affections, attention and communication. I don’t see those three things going well for the American couple when it should be. The husband is always busy with his own matter, and this make the wife feel being ignored. However, it seems that both of them didn’t really try to communicate their problem in a good way. So instead of having a good solution, they ended up in a bad situation. Therefore it is necessary to have a good two ways communication and show some affection while doing it.

    Reader Response to Zona Gale’s Bill

    Zona Gale’s Bill is about single parent, Bill, with his daughter Mina whose mother was died when she was four. After that, her father, Bill, do all the work to take care of her. He cooked for her, cleaned the house, bathed her and her doll, did the laundry, taught her and brought her to picnic. He tried hard to do as his wife would do for their only daughter. What makes it more tearful is when Bill found out that he’s ill and he only got 6 month left before he died (as doctor said). So, he had to prepare everything for Mina. Mina has to be mentally ready when Bill has to leave her. Also, Bill has to find foster parent for her. So, he puts an advertisement for that and to the selection for who will become Mina’s foster parent.
    Bill is a very sad story yet still has a happy ending at the end. I can feel how hard it is for Bill to be a father and also a mother for Mina. Being left by someone we love is the saddest thing to bear, yet we have to be tough for we have other people that rely on us and need us. Moreover, when we already manage that feeling and do our best for our love ones then bad thing happen again. We know that someone relies on us very much but we have to leave her/him due to critical illness. I believe it is very frustrating, how we can leave someone who is not ready to do anything by her/himself.
    However, Bill is really a strong man. He finally manages to find foster parent for his daughter. He finds the best one among couples of parents whom ready to adopt his daughter.
    I think this is a good story, it will teach us how to always do the best for our children even when we are in the worst condition. So, I will recommend this to every parent to read and learn from it.

    Reader Response to MacKinlay Kantor’s A Man Who had no Eyes

    MacKinlay Kantor’s A Man Who had no Eyes is about two blind people who had the same accident, chemical explosion in Westbury, and coincidently met each other. First is Mr. Parsons, successful person who is now own a hotel, and second is Mr. Markwardt who become a beggar. They met near Mr. Parsons’ hotel. Mr. Markwardt tried to sell a lighter to Mr. Parsons and to get his attention Mr. Markwardt tell him the sad story about how he got the accident and went blind. However, Mr. Markwardt didn’t quite honest with the story. He said when the explosion happened and he tried to save himself by running through the door, it was somebody bigger hauled back on him and climbed over him, made him lay there poured with poisons. But that’s not the true story, Mr. Parsons was there and he knew how it happened. The truth is that actually Mr. Markwardt who hauled back on Mr. Parsons and climbed over him and then left him there poured with poisons and flame.
    This is a sad story about selfishness. The point that irritating me in A Man Who had no Eyes is the scene when Mr. Markwardt seemed to blame Mr. Parsons. Mr. Markwardt angry because Mr. Parsons didn’t introduce himself in the first place and made Mr. Markwardt tells a false story about the how the accident happened. What Mr. Markwardt didn’t know is that Mr. Parsons also blind so he couldn’t do what Mr. Markwardt expected to do. I believe this is why Mr. Markwardt becomes a beggar, because he couldn’t accept what was happened to him. So instead of trying to move on with his life, he tends to feel sorry for his condition and tries to make others feel the same way about him.

    Reader Response to Isaac Asimov’s True Love

    Isaac Asimov’s True love is about the journey of a 40 years old programmer, Milton, who tries to find his true love by creating software to help him find the right woman. He starts to sort the list of candidates according to physical rules he made. After that, he asks the computer to arrange the meeting with them, even though he realizes that it is a crime. However, he still can’t find his true love, so he advanced to match not only physical but also the personalities. So he starts talking to the computer to let it know his personalities and then find a match for him. After a while, the computer finally found the right one that matches Milton personalities. Then, Milton asks the computer to set up a meeting with her. Unfortunately, one day before the appointment, Milton got arrested by the police for the crime that he did 10 years before. It’s no coincidence though; he was set up by his program he created. Since the computer fall in love with the girl they found.
    This is an inspiring story actually, it teaches me about persistence, bad influence and betrayal. It is good to be persistence as Milton did with his job and when he tried to find his true love. But it will turn out bad if we didn’t do it the right way. Second, in society everyone can influence one another, so it is necessary to make good consideration first before we do something since it may inspire other people. Last, not everybody can be trusted so be careful when we are going to tell our secret to someone.
    True love is really interesting story; it has a lot of good message and the set is suitable for this digital era. So I believe everybody will love it.

    Reader Response to F.R. Buckley’s Gold Mounted Guns

    F.R. Buckley’s Gold Mounted Guns is about a boy, Will Arblaster, who coincidently met with famous criminal, Pecos Tommy, and decided to join him. Will knew that it was Tommy by the Gold Mounted Guns he has. Will would show Tommy easy money to rob if he would take the boy with him. So they went to rob some house at the village. Tommy asked Will to do it himself to prove his capability. Will came back very happy because he succeeded the robbery. After that, Tommy asked Will to stay, waiting for the old man and her daughter who own the money came home and found out that they being robbed. The old man was very upset because his daughter had worked hard for two years to be able to save the money. He was devastated but his daughter managed to calm him down. After watching the scene for few minutes Tommy asked Will to move away from the house. However Will felt sorry for the old man and asked Tommy to give the money back. He even threatened to shoot Tommy if he refused to do that. So Will eventually gave the money back and said sorry to Tommy, but Tommy didn’t get mad. At that time, Will found out that it wasn’t Pecos Tommy, it was the Sheriff who killed Tommy.
    The scene that I think interesting is when Will change his mind and went to give the money back. It’s always enlightening to witness such thing happen. It makes me believe that how bad people is, they still have a heart so there must be kindness in there even when we are not seeing it yet, we just have to believe it. Moreover, make them believe for the kindness they have. They will actually do what we or they think of.

    Reader Response to Anton Chekov’s Misery

    Anton Chekov’s Misery is about a father, Iona Potapov, who has lost his son because of illness. The event really broke his heart. It was so unbearable to him and he needed someone to talk to and listen to him. It was almost a week after his son died and he went for work as a cabman. He met a lot of people on his job. So, he tried to talk to them about his son, how he got the illness, how he took him to the hospital and how he died. But, none seemed care about his sadness. They were busy with their own business and didn’t have time to listen to Iona even for just saying sorry for his lost. What makes it worse is that his house mate also didn’t care for what his going through. It was almost a week and Iona hadn’t yet talk to anybody about his sorrow. Until one night, he went to the stable to see his mare and there he felt to talk to the mare. Only his mare listened to his story.
    I feel sorry for Iona, I can’t imagine how hard it is to bear the sadness alone. It gets worst when we need someone to talk to but they won’t listen to us. While being listened is actually all we need, yet nobody there. I ever had the same experience as Iona did; I lost someone dear to me. However, I still have my family and my friends who always gave their support. So, it was easier to face the truth and help me moving on.

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