I think that when Tree-ear gets home he thinks that he will be scolded or yelled at by Min when he gets home;but when he hears "It is fine work,Tree-ear",he is like shocked and is saying things like I must of heard that wrong.The scene when he talks to Min is a very sad part in the book because the reader learns of Craneman's death,and Tree-ear goes up to Min all happy,and the boom Tree-ear's like father is dead.
I think it is the saddest part in the whole book when Min tells Tree-ear that Crane man is dead. He was so happy that Min got the commission, and then Tree-ear gets the horrible news. I would be the most devastated person ever. It was so great when Min got the commission, though. I don’t like it when books toy with the emotions of the reader. I do think that it took a lot of effort for Min to tell Tree-ear he could stay with them. Maybe it was because his son died and now he has a sort of adopted son. Min might feel like he is replacing his other son. On page 143 when Min says “It is fine work, Tree-ear” , I think I know what he was silently saying. I think what he was saying in his mind was, “All the work you have done is fine, Tree-ear. This piece of pottery is amazing, so I will teach you. Welcome to our home.” I may not be right, but that is what I think he meant on page 143. I loved the book a lot even though it toys with you. It was brilliant and the ending was tremendously amazing.
When Tree-ear reports back to Min I think that Tree-ear thinks he will be angry at Tree-ear, but when Min says,”It’s fine work, Tree-ear” he is relieved that Min is proud of Tree-ear. When Min says that, Min is proud of Tree-ear for taking on the journey and conquering what he has been through. I also think that another factor of why Min said that is because he wanted to make Tree-ear feel good because of the bad news tree-ear just received about Crane-man.
When Tree-ear returns from his journey, there is slight tension as he goes to talk to Min. Min knows something that Tree-ear doesn’t. I think that Min didn’t want to hurt or upset Tree-ear by telling him about Crane-man. Min was trying to be excited about the commision and hide his sorrow, but he just couldn’t. He told Tree-ear about the accident, and Tree-ear felt the the reason of why Min was so upset. Tree-ear LOVED Crane-man. Even though he wasn’t his father, and he didn’t show his passion for Crane-man, he cared a lot about Crane-man, and was disappointed on hearing the news. I think that Min felt sorry for Tree-ear and that is part of why he told Tree-ear it was fine work. I think that mostly though, he did like Tree-ear’s work.He was thankful that Tree-ear went all that way just to deliver his pottery to the emissary. If he didn’t, the pottery would have never made it to the emissary, but Crane-man might have lived. It was a big sacrifice, and he was thankful Tree-ear did that for him. He saw the sadness in Tree-ear and suddenly thought of something nice to say to help make his day better.I think Min was truly thinking it was fine work.
When Min said “It is fine work, Tree-ear.” in the scene after Min had just told Tree-ear that Crane-man died and received news from Tree-ear that he got the commission (it was very sad,happy and shocking). I think he did not just mean the monkey (Tree-ear’s clay sculpture that he gave to Crane-man) but Tree-ear and all he has done in general.For example, when he said that he probably meant Tree-ear’s journey and his determination to keep going even though the robbers broke the pots.I know this because of evidence in the story like “It is fine work, Tree-ear.” So Min did not specifically say what he was talking about even though the series of events before hand may have led Tree-ear or the reader to believe that he was talking about the monkey.That is why I think that when Min said that, he was not just complimenting the clay monkey, but he was also complimenting Tree-ear and all of his decisions as well.
When Tree-ear went to see Min, he thought he would be either scolded by Min for being so ignorant for not knowing to be prepared for the robbers, or be respected by Min for getting the commission.Tree-ear went to Min and received news that Crane man had died. Min said that when Crane man had died, he was holding a little ceramic monkey. When Ajima called Tree-ear to let him know that he was sleeping with them, Min said the monkey was fine work. I think Min meant that Tree-ear work was fine and that it was good.
The scene of Tree- Ear going to talk to Min is a sad scene. Talking to Min Tree-Ear learns that Crane- Man died. Min explained the whole thing. It was when a farmer with too big of a load . The railing wasn’t sturdy enough, he got jostled around and then the whole bridge fell to down. When it fell Crane- Man got bumped into the water, which was so cold and since he was so old his heart and himself couldn’t take it. So when Tree-Ear arrived and told Min that he had been assigned the commission, Min wasn’t happy at all. Tree- Ear was hoping for Min to be at least a little bit happy. Min took a long, long, long deep breath and sighed. After a few minutes of silence Tree-Ear thought why was he so solemn, he has been waiting for this news for nearly all his life. Then Tree- Ear thought what should I have expected from Min. When Min says it’s fine work Tree- Ear I think Min is trying to say thank you for all that you have done for me. Also I think he’s trying to say thanks for getting me the commission with only a single shard and if you decide to stay with us I’ll be ok with it ( since I think Min and Ajima were planning it when he was gone when Crane- Man died). Then Min told Tree- Ear about Crane-Man.
Tree-ear got off the boat excited to share the good news of the commission Min had received. He yelled for him but he did not answer so he walked to the back and saw Ajima. She was happy to see he had returned safe and sound. She told Tree-ear where Min was, and off he went. When he told Min about the commission he seemed depressed. The reason was not only sad for Tree-ear but also Min and Ajima. Min said to Tree-ear the reason for his sadness. Crane-man died. Min said it was caused by a farmer and his carige. The farmer did not see Crane-man so he moved into the flimsy side of the bridge. Crane-man fell in the river and quickly froze to death without any suffer. Crane-man died with the monkey Tree-ear made for him in his hand. Later Min says to Tree-ear “It was fine work, Tree-ear.” I think it is referring to the work of his monkey and Tree-ear himself with his work for Min and returning from his journey with success.
When Tree-ear comes back to the village to tell Min about the news, he is greeted by the knowledge of death. Min is by the drainage site, and when Tree-ear comes he moves over to a nearby boulder. Then he tells Tree-ear about how Crane-man died. Then he pulled out the ceramic monkey that Tree-ear gave to Crane-man, saying “It is fine work, Tree-ear”. I think he is referring to the monkey. But there may be a deeper meaning to this, such as his meaning of life or all of his work. It is the biggest compliment that Min has ever given Tree-ear.
When Tree-ear reports back to Min he comes in all happy to tell Min the good news and then when Min tells Tree-ear that Crane-man died he feels so shocked and sad because he had been living with Crane-man for many years. Then what I think Min is saying on page 143 is that he feels bad because of all the times he has yelled and not complemented him ever.
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When Tree-ear gets back to Ch’ulp’o he finds out that Crane-man died after falling into the water. Crane-man was pulled out of the water he was clutching the ceramic monkey. Then Ajima says Tree-ear if you want to spend the night here it’s okay. Min says, “It’s fine work Tree-ear”. Tree-ear could not believe Min said that.Then Ajima asked if Tree-ear would stay with Min and Ajima under one circumstance. They wanted to call him Hyung-pil instead of Tree-ear( an orphan name) and Min will teach Tree-ear throw pots. Then Hyung-pil remembers one of Crane-man’s quotes,”One hill, one valley, one day at a time”.
The scene was Tree-ear came to Min’s house and ran up front to see Ajima. She told Tree-ear that Min was in the back of the house at the drain sight. So, when Tree-ear went back there and told Min the good news,”Min closed his eyes and drew in a long, long breath. He let out the air in a sigh that was almost a whistle and opened his eyes.” Tree-ear was expecting at least a little bit of joy from Min. When Min did react the way that he did Tree-ear was very confused as to why Min didn’t even smile but instead closed his eyes and and sighed like he made a mistake sending his work for a commission. When Min told Tree-ear of Crane-mans death Tree-ear knew why Min hid his happiness in a cloud of sorrow, he truly felt bad for Tree-ear and his loss. I think Min is saying when he calls back to them is that he underestimated Tree-ear and thought that his work was bad and Min wouldn’t be able to teach Tree-ear pottery. When Min saw his work, though, he realized that Tree-ear came to work for Min in the hopes of maybe making a pot and learning how to make vases from Min. So, when Min called to them I think he was saying I was wrong and that you truly are a great potter and I would like to help you learn. I think that he meant all of that in only 5 words.
I love your word choice; "When Min told Tree-ear of Crane-mans death Tree-ear knew why Min hid his happiness in a cloud of sorrow." I really agree that Min was kind of saying I was wrong. Great Job!
On page 143, Tree-ear had returned from Songdo and learned Crane-man died. Min told Tree-ear that Crane-man was clutching the clay monkey Tree-ear had made for him when his life was taken by the cold water. As Tree-ear walked into the house with Ajima, Min said, “It is fine work, Tree-ear.” I think Min is first of all, saying that he was impressed that Tree-ear made such a fine piece, but I think he also said it in a way to let Tree-ear know he was lightening up and realizing he should’ve been kinder to him. He is realizing this because now he seems connected to Tree-ear since both of them have experienced the death of a loved one. I think Min realizes how tragic a death is to a child, and he realizes that he should compliment Tree-ear more often for the hard work he does and never gets credit for. Tree-ear could not believe what Min said; it was hard to process information, especially unbelievable information. Min knew what Tree-ear was feeling, since he had experienced his son’s death. In a way, Min was comforting Tree-ear, although Tree-ear was so shaken by the death of Crane-man that he could hardly process the words. (This is Hannah A.)
When Tre-ear goes to talk to Min it was a pretty suprising part. Tre-ear was all excited to tell Min but when Min didn't talk at first and had a down face but when he told Tre-ear that Crane-man died Tre-ear just forgot about the other good news. When Min said "It is fine work, Tre-ear" I think he meant that he meant the monkey was really well made and looked beautiful.
The scene as tree ear approaches min was clear and full of happiness and a mix of gratefulness and surprise. then it took a turn everything fogged up and tree ear could only hope min was wrong .sadness and grief flooded tree-ears mind everything would now change would he be ready for itI think on page 143 when min calls back to tree ear and ajima he is talking about the monkey. Min is trying to show how impressed and surprised about the quality of his monkey but trying to do it cautiously and break it down slowly to tree ear . I also think the monkey is a big part of why min wants to teach tree ear about making pottery.
I thought he was going to get yelled at by Min for breaking the pots and Tree-ear would get in trouble. What surprised me was that Min had soft eyes and a gentle face when Tree-ear heard the news about Crane-man the book said, “It was the first time Tree-ear had ever seen him so.” The scene was like Tree-ear sitting on a rock and Min sitting on a rock and Min looking all sad and Tree-ear waiting for Min to talk then Min saying, “your friend from under the bridge-” Then Tree-ear froze and then Min said, “He was up on the bridge a few days ago and a farmer was trying to cross with a too great of a load the railing was moldy, the farmer bumped into your friend and your friend fell,the water was cold your friend was old the shock was too great for his heart to take.” and Tree-ear before said, “Master potter you have been accepted into the royal commission!” then at the end of the discussion Min said, “WHen they pulled you friend from the bridge was pulled out of the stream he had a small clay monkey in his hand.”
The scene where Tree-ear goes to talk to Min is described as, “wavering as if one was looking through water.” I think it looked like a beautiful spring morning where anything is possible, and yet something is missing, because Crane-man is dead. I think Min is saying he likes the way Tree-ear made the monkey. And I think the monkey is what inspired Min to let Tree-ear make a pot because it is his first piece and Min liked it.
@Luke I liked your detail and I also agree with you when Tree-ear walked up to Min and it was like looking through “wavering as if one was looking through water.” I also liked how you said “It looked beautiful as if nothing could go wrong.”
A description of the scene when Tree-Ear goes to talk to Min was kind of everything. It was heartbreaking and sad because Tree-Ear lost Crane-Man. It was exciting because Min got the commissionary. If I were in Tree-Ear’s point of view, I would think that this couldn't be real, I mean, Crane-Man dieing. I think what Min is saying on page 143 when he calls after Tree-Ear and Ajma says, “It is fine work Tree-Ear”, I think that it means that Tree-Ear did the right thing because he went down into the valley looking for the vaces.
In the story A Single Shard, Tree-ear returns from his journey to Sogdo, the capital of Korea, to get a Royal Commission for his master potter, Min, he meets him up at the draining site. Tree-ear tells Min the good news that he got the Commission, but he is not excited. He tells Tree-ear that his best friend died and says that he was grasping on to a small clay monkey that Tree-ear gave to him. “Fine work, Tree-ear,” Min says. By this I think he means that it is fine work that Tree-ear got the commission and/or he is commenting on the monkey Tree-ear made. He might of changed into a better person and is nicer to Tree-ear. And He might be doing this because Tree-ear/Hyung-pil is now his son so he treats him like his son.
I think when Tree-ear approaches Min he is happy and ready to tell Min about being assigned the commission. When Min is not excited and gestures to Tree-ear to sit on the rock, Tree-ear knows something is wrong. Then when Min calls after Tree-ear and says, “It is fine work Tree-ear.” Tree-ear is confused, he almost never gets compliments from Min. Min might have said this because maybe the monkey was made in a technique that he had not practiced. Either that or he was trying to comfort Tree-ear from the loss of his best friend and until later his only family.