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The Baleks owe me eighteen marks and thirty-two pfennigs898 the discovery of a young boy who changes the entire perspective of a town living and working in the shadow of a rich and powerful family the Baleks von Bilgan In The Balek Scales by Heinrich Bll a young boy unravels his towns dark secret The Baleks von Bilgan the aristocratic family that is the pulse of the village have a scale rigged to pay families less than they deserve for their gathered good brought in from the woods by the children In this short-story the author uses tone to show how the character goes through three significant steps of emotion from playfulness to sadness to anger This story paints a picture of children running off into the woods to gather mushrooms and flowers In that image one cant help but think of playfulness It also describes the village as simple and cheerful Using the quote A race of cheerful people who ate goat cheese potatoes and now and then a rabbit894 implies the type of people they are The playfulness of the children in the story creates a theme The first half of the story follows this theme and the emotion is so strong it pulls the reader into feeling the same way I think that the author did a fine job of making the emotion so clear and receivable for the reader As soon as you are captivated by the storys cheerfulness the theme takes a big swing in another direction The main character makes a discovery that changes everything The boy puts 5 pebbles he had in his pocket on the scales and discovers the scales are rigged He walks through the woods and into another town where there are more scales and asks them to weigh his pebbles to be sure of his discover The scales take the weight of fifty-five grams out of every set of goods brought it The reason
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