Are you aware of the beauty of the youth that glows with the unstained purity and the audacity from the vigorous freshness? Arguilla’s story of Midsummer depicts a story in which a youthful boy and a girl share the intimacy that developed with the natural inclination toward each other that prompted at the charming figures of the young bodies. To help readers build what this story conveys, the disclosure of the story which follows the general chronological sequence showcases the slow but sure emotional progression of the boy and the girl as well as the escalation of the appeal that trapped them together (they became trapped at each other). Further, the place set in the story, a rural Philippine area, in which the taste of the languor floating over throughout the story evokes the sense that something unusual and sensational seemed to have happened.
Along with what the characteristics of the characters, the setting and the development of the story suggest, we can pretty (omit pretty) well conceive what Arguilla was tries to draw a picture out of this story; The peak of the youthfulness blooms under the stimulus of counterparts’ beauty and the energy. The two young (characters), surely in the summit of their age, as green as the leaves shining under the sun’s rays, radiant with liveliness and vitality, and tickled with the curiosity to what is unknown to one, finally reached its glamour to the fullest from discovering what is inside. After all, finding one in full blossom allowed from knowing the counterpart’s secret of beauty leads to their peak of beauty just like Midsummer.
The boy looked idle or rather unoccupied, driving the cart of the cow as his due for his labour, at the beginning of the story. But sooner or later, after he spotted the beauty of the girl, he glowed with the ardor that led him to follow the path the girl disappeared into, and his thirst for the girl only piled up after witnessing the wetted bosom of her. He became thrilled and was instantly left taken. He murmured to himself “The underpart of her arm is white and smooth” on his image reflected on the water of the well. After a while, he had dinner with a bucket full of the water from the well to “quench his thirst” The girl approached the boy out of her curiosity, and with her purity that took away his timidity and brought up his vigor that invited her to him.
They both gleamed with laughter or sort of, the sharing of each other. A slight incident, in which the girl drenched the meal of him occurred which allowed the glance of the girl upon his attraction in turn. His strong body opened wide brightly to the eyes of the bashful girl while the charm of the girl unceasingly attracting the boy still excited him. The tension between the two cannot anymore be hidden; Sharpness from the voice of the girl, and the rapidity of the boy drinking water that led him to make a chocking sound signaled the excitement of both of two. But the strained tension, as the sun got close to the ground, came ripe to be the fruit of the invitation to her house.
Then boy, felt strong “He drew back his square shoulders, lifted his chin, and sniffed the motionless air. There was a flourish in the way he flicked the rump of the bull with the rope in his hand. He felt strong, He felt very strong. He felt that He could follow the slender, lithe figure to the end of the world.” We, all through the story, have witnessed the progression of the boy’s maturation from an enticed boy to turn to be an attractive guy.
As the title implies the story itself, it portrays the summer in its peak, a boy in his youth, or more exactly a boy in the peak of his youth. He at first looked more to be in a daze, just like a newly shot out bud that overwhelmed at the spectacle of the outside the world. But then he soon emanated its youth of energy all throughout him that grew to overwhelm this time the world that once dazzled him. Midsummer made us look at the youth that once might have staggered but finally emits its beauty.