INSTRUCTIONS: Rewrite this summary of “The Lost Horse” in the present tense.
A horse belonging to a man in northern China ran away, and when everyone consoled the man his father said, “What makes you so sure this isn’t a blessing?” Months later the horse returned accompanied by a “splendid nomad stallion,” and when people congratulated the man his father said, “What makes you so sure this isn’t a disaster?” Later, when the man broke his hip falling off the horse, and people again tried to console him, the father said, “What makes you so sure this isn’t a blessing?” A year later nomads attacked and slaughtered nearly all of the able-bodied man who had to fight them. Because the son was lame, he and his father survived “to take care of each other.”
“Blessings turned to disaster, and disaster to blessing: the changes had no end, and the mystery could not be fathomed.”
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