The short story involves a very old man with enormous wings who appears in a families’ backyard on a stormy night. Very old man with enormous wings pdf follows are the reactions of the family, a town, and outside visitors. The story begins after three days of rain, which make crabs come out everywhere. Pelayo and Elisenda’s child is sick, supposedly because of the crabs’ stench.
They find an old sickly man with enormous wings in their backyard lying face-down. When the couple attempts to communicate with the old man, his incomprehensible language leads the couple to believe he is a castaway. A neighbor woman, who knows many things about life and death, tells the couple he is an angel. The next day everyone knows there is a “flesh and blood angel” in their yard. Pelayo decides to lock the angel in a chicken coop overnight and then send him on a raft to his fate.
Early the next morning the local people gather in front of the chicken coop, to harass the angel. Father Gonzaga arrives at 7, alarmed by the strange news and to see whether the old man really is an angel or not. Ultimately, Father Gonzaga finds many reasons why the man cannot be an angel, such as the fact that the old man cannot understand Latin, and he shows many mortal characteristics. Elisenda, tired of cleaning up the visitors’ messes, decides to charge an entrance fee of 5 cents to see the angel, which eventually allows them to amass a small fortune. The crowd soon loses interest in the angel, because another spectacular person becomes famous in the village. The new attraction is a woman who disobeyed her parents when she was young and has since been transformed into a tarantula. In order for her to continue telling her story, the people of the town toss meatballs into her mouth, which was “her only means of nourishment.