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Midsummer is a short story by Manuel Arguilla on a love about to flourish during the midsummer in the barrio.



  • A timid lady fetching water from the lake
  • A stranger with his his bull and cart


The heat of the sun made the stranger stop. It is about time for him to rest and take his lunch under the shade of a tree beside the lake. His attention was immediately caught by the sight of a lovely lady standing by the lake. Her presence made him very uneasy but it did not prevent him from being friendly towards the lady when he finally got the courage of starting a conversation with her. The accident with the stranger's lunch eventually led him to be invited in her house where an instant attraction could possibly flourish into love.




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