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The Donkey Cart (Synopsis)


Would you rely on rumors?

This is not an animal story nor does it have something to do with a donkey. It just so happen most of the events happened while our characters were on a donkey cart, one of the common transports on rural areas in China.

Alright, so this is a summary on the short story Donkey Cart written by S.T. Hwang. The main character wasn't mentioned in the story so it is just assumed that he might be our main character, anyway the summary goes like this:

A teacher in a small town in the northwest of China named S.T Hwang decided to go back home because he can't endure the isolation. However, on the departure point most of the carts were engaged in carrying local products so S.T Hwang spent his time at the restaurant to eat and rest while waiting for the next cart. Time passed he was informed that an available cart had arrived. Hwang recognized the driver as Lin Ng, an old man with most unsavory reputation but he decided to take a risk. While in the journey Lin Ng told to S.T Hwang the truth about his unsavory rumors which made our main character realize that Lin Ng wasn't a bad person after all. He later believed him so he dropped the stone he brought before he took the ride until they reach the train station. Lin Ng requested to him to write his friends in town about Lin Ng and S.T Hwang assured of it.

If you could read the whole story, you will find out why Lin Ng was accussed of being bad throughout his live and how he tried to live out of it.

You can read the whole story here. Please feel free to leave your comments on the section below



It took place in

Small town in the northwest, China

The place was described as having lots of trees and a long stony path which the most convenient transport is through a donkey cart.

This has been a danger to some travelers when robbers hide in the trees and ambush them.


Exposition: A teacher traveler couldn't endure the isolation in the town so he decided to come back home through adapting cart.

Rising Action: He was very disappointed & afraid that upon knowing only Lin Ng was the available to ride her that time yet decided to take the risk but brought a large stone for defense.

Climax: Lin Ng told the real story behind the rumor about the death of leather dealer.

Falling Action: he doubted Lin Ng's story but later believed him so he dropped the stone.

Resolution: Lin Ng requested him to write his friends in town for him to have a longer journey; the teacher assured that he would fulfill it.


Main Characters

  • S.T Hwang - a 25 year old teacher who was in hurry to go home and doubtfully rode Lin Ng's cart through he heard unsavory rumors about him.
  • Lin Ng - an old transport driver who was avoided by travelers due to his reputation though it wasn't proven.
  • The Donkey ...It's the loyal servant of Lin Ng. Lin Ng said it's old so he had to help the cart uphill. He played an important role in transport... eee haw (nah!)


Trust, Courage

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Sometimes it takes courage to prove one's innocence



Truth shall prevail no matter what circumstances may arise. Do not rely in rumors as they may contain tales that didn't really happen

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handsome on February 04, 2018:

Nice story




anonymous on September 18, 2013:


anonymous on August 05, 2012:

i feel so relieved when i see this sincere about it.....

dellgirl on July 31, 2012:

I like your lens, it is very interesting. Job well done!

anonymous on July 15, 2012:

for those looking for the conflict, please make your own. This page was not made to do your homework. Don't expect to be spoon-fed. I've already included the link of the full story

anonymous on July 14, 2012:

@anonymous: beautiful story

anonymous on July 13, 2012:

thank this will help my homework than ,,,but where is the conflict?

anonymous on July 06, 2012:

thank you very much this help me in my assignments

WriterJanis2 on July 04, 2012:

Very nice synopsis.

anonymous on July 04, 2012:


Jereme Causing (author) from Philippines on July 02, 2012:

@anonymous: haha let me guess .. you have this on your subject World Literature and you need synopsis right? :D

anonymous on July 02, 2012:


anonymous on June 26, 2012:

thanks the more morals in thise story thanks :D

wilfredpadilla on March 16, 2012:

I like the story!

goo2eyes lm on February 09, 2012:

coming back to share with you some angel blessings.

kathysart on February 06, 2012:

It is near impossible to know anyone .. truly. Lovely lens, angel blessed.

domain19 on January 19, 2012:

i love the moral of this story... :D

Jereme Causing (author) from Philippines on October 25, 2011:

I've added a copy of the donkey cart

fugeecat lm on October 24, 2011:

I've never read the story, but now I need to.

Jereme Causing (author) from Philippines on October 20, 2011:

@goo2eyes lm: yes ur right ... :)

goo2eyes lm on October 20, 2011:

the story has abruptly ended but the moral of the story is not to believe hearsays. don't judge others without proven facts.

anonymous on August 03, 2011:

it is very useful cause it's already summary


the whole story is so very long :)

anonymous on August 03, 2011:

it is very useful cause it's already summary


the whole story is so very long :)

anonymous on July 31, 2011:

@anonymous: they are pretty much the same...

anonymous on July 23, 2011:

its good, but i need the full story.. :)(

anonymous on July 21, 2011:

it is very useful and interesting

anonymous on July 21, 2011:

the story was very interesting and we can learn a lot of good things from this story

dropdead_03 on July 19, 2011:

its good but i want the full story..

ojtpupt2010 on July 18, 2011:

cool .. I hope I could read that:)

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 17, 2011:

This sounds like it's an interesting book, but I agree with the previous comment, you don't really say very much about it.

Jereme Causing (author) from Philippines on December 16, 2010:

@anonymous: oh sorry about that

anonymous on December 16, 2010:

Hi, I looked at this because I have a donkey and was curious about the cart, but I don't understand what this lens is. Is it a story you are writing? I hope you can clear this up for your readers. thanks.

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