A Stranger Essay : Kindness To A Stranger

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Kindness to a Stranger
It was a chilly evening in Southern Virginia many years ago. There was the old man whose beards were glazed by the winter’s frost, as he hopelessly waited for a ride across the river. Due to the frigid north wind, his body was numb and stiff. Edward, who was passing by saw this desperate old man, who looked so confused and helpless. He asked the old man, “what are you doing here at this late hour?" The freezing man answered, “I am waiting for a ride to take me home.” Edward took some time with the old man, as they waited for a ride to take him to the next side of the river. The wait seemed endless and ineffective. However, they both heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves dashing along the icy path. Anxiously, the old man and Edwin watched as several riders curved the bend. He let the first one pass without seeking attention from him. Apparently, Edward was very annoyed, asking him the reason for not stopping the passing horseman. The man kept quiet as he checked out on whether there was another one coming. The another one passed by, followed by other two. When Edward saw that the old man was not using any effort to seek help from either of the riders, he was tired and decided to leave the old man alone.
After a while, the last horseman by the name John Denis neared the spot where the old man had sat like a snow statue. As this one came near, the old man caught the horseman’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving a helpless old man a
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