The Little Engine that Could

By: watty piper

Summary

In the story, "The Little Engine That Could", the little engine carries a long trail of cars.  When she appears at a very steep hill, she doesn't know if she can make it.  But instead of giving up, she tries her best to make it up the hill.  She asks every big engine she pasts to help her make it up the hill but no one will help!  She finally reaches a small engine to help her and together, they make it up the big hill.

Implication #1

I think one of the implications this story implies is, "Never give up on something."  In the story, the little engine can't get up the hill by herself, no matter hard she tries.

"She went along very well till she came to a steep hill. But then, no matter how hard she tried, she could not move the long train of cars.  She pulled and she pulled. She puffed and she puffed. She backed and started off again... But no! the cars would not go up the hill.  At last she left the train and started up the track alone. Do you think she had stopped working?  No, indeed! She was going for help."

The first engine she asks says no, she goes on to another one.  She never gives up on herself and is determined to make it up the hill.

Implication #2

Another implication I believe this story implies is this, no matter how big or small you are you can always help.  In the story, the little engine asked two BIG engines to help her.  But they told her they were too tired to help.  

"'Will you help me over the hill with my train of cars? It is so long and heavy I can't get it over.' He said: 'Don't you see that I am through my day's work? I have been rubbed and scoured ready for my next run. No, I cannot help you.'....  'Will you help me bring my train of cars over the hill? It is so long and so heavy that I can't get it over.'  The second big steam engine answered: "I have just come in from a long, long run. Don't you see how tired I am? Can't you get some other engine to help you this time?"   

Once the little engine arrives at another engine her size, he is happy to help her with the cars.

"After a while she came to a little steam engine just like herself. She ran alongside and said: 'Will you help me over the hill with my train of cars? It is so long and so heavy that I can't get it over.'  'Yes, indeed!' said this little steam engine. 'I'll be glad to help you, if I can.'

This tells you that older people tend to help themselves rather than helping other people.

Question

Have you ever given up on something that you thought was hard?  Did you end up regretting that decision?

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2 years ago
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I have given up on something before because it was to hard and i was tired that day after all the work i have done in the yard.

2 years ago
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yard work

2 years ago
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sometimes if you dream something and work hard toward it you are likely to succeed

2 years ago
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I really like your 1st implication about not giving up and always finding a way. I might have to practice not giving up on.

2 years ago
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@BFGoodwin I gave up on trying to read a high level book

2 years ago
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I have given up on something and I deeply regret it, only because now I see that I could have finished it then, but second guessed myself and said 'I can't do this.' It was a story I was writing and now I have no train of thought on it anymore and the plot I had made on it, became too complicated that I couldn't keep up with my own writing anymore. The guilt of trashing a nice story that I COULD have wrote.

2 years ago
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No not really because when I tried out for the Basketball team last year I didn't make so I asked Mr. Dodrill what I needed to work on so I could work on those things so I can try to make it this year.

2 years ago
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I try my best and try to give my full effort in everything I do. Whenever my best isn't enough, I just try again and again until i succeed.

2 years ago
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I gave up building a toy car when I was little. I regret it because I could have finished building the car a few years later.

2 years ago
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I think I have given up on something but i really didn't regret it because if it was something of importance I would have never have given up. I don't give up that easily on things even when there little things that i cannot do. I agree with both of your implications.