Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
They surely thought it was a good idea. Probably a few villagers actually think that the birthday party they are throwing for one of their most curmudgeonly old people is really just a celebration of his long life. However, Chivu is convinced that it is all just a ploy to lure him from his house so that the town can demolish it to make way for a high-rise apartment building. Oh sure, maybe they will give him a small apartment in the new building. Big deal: he's not buying it, any of it. The trouble all began when he arranged a marriage for his oldest boy, who is mentally slow, the cursed woman ran off with his youngest one instead. It really caused him to lose face. Maybe that is why the town council thinks he is a likely victim for their redevelopment scheme. No matter what people think, he's not leaving his house, and that's that.