The story is about twin boys: Pinin and Rosa, who along with Lamb and his father, Anton Chinta, live in the meadow Somonte and are discovering different ways around the progress represented by the train and the post telegraph. Children when they see the train pass for the first time are excited, however, Cordera get nervous. As time passes, children and Cordera, barely notice its presence. Moreover, the father of the boys, not to sell to the Lamb, because it was like a mother or grandmother to his children, his wife having died some time ago. A man offered him more than he requested but he refused to sell. In the end, when the landlord came to visit and to realize what was their economic status Cordera decided to sell a lower price. Children at the news and were very sad when they saw the train departed from cattle Cordera, knowing that would have lead to the slaughter. And when they are older, Pinin have to go to war and repeated farewell Rose says goodbye to his brother and he does it again with the Lamb, comparing cows soldiers and take them to slaughter.
Description of the lawn and the house:
The Field: The field is a small plot of land in a triangular, green velvet, one end was the road that went from Oviedo to Gijon.
The house construction was a poor and humble, not much is said of it, just that one wall was a tissue of chestnut branches and cornstalks.
Atmosphere of the story.
The story takes place in a rural poor, the characters are poor, humble worker and also a little unfortunate. The atmosphere and the place and characters, is a rural and peasant.
Allusions to historical events.
In the story, alludes to two historical events, one is the introduction of the railway between Oviedo and Gijón, and the other historical event referred to in a war that in the story's called "Carlist War."
- Rosa: An innocent and naive shepherdess has never left the Somonte meadow, unaware of the progress and has no desire to know what it is. But most no longer innocent and realize what's around. She delivers all her love between her brother, her father and the Lamb.
- Pinin: Rosa is a shepherd and also innocent and shares his love between his sister, his father and Cordera. The difference between Rosa and Pinin Pinin is that if you want to know the progress but does not touch the porcelain when it rises to the telegraph pole because he feels some fear of the unknown.
- Anton Chinta (Father): He's a little bitter because he has never come to realize their dreams and the death of his wife. On the outside it looks rough but inside proved to be a man with feelings when selling to the Lamb I'm sorry they had no choice.
Chinta, is the mother of Pinin and Rosa, died after years of Cordera arrived home. The poor woman died in his bed hungry and tired from so much work. Before he died his eyes were warned to take care of the Lamb, which was to be his livelihood.
Meaning of the cow for them.
The cow appears personified in the story. Some of the impersonations are:
"The Lamb, far more formal than their peers, ...
"I attended the games of young shepherd, responsible ...
"I do not remember when he was bitten by the fly.
"When I became convinced that he was a danger ...
The Lamb was a cow model: docile, obedient, quiet and sustained even when I had to make them work harder. For them it is just the animal that provided them for many years the food and economic security is above all a partner in their games and has become for them as a mother or grandmother Rosa and Pinin are most time alone with the cow since her mother died.
What elements of progress appear in the story?
The elements of progress displayed on this story are: the railroad and telegraph pole.