Rattrap: Homelessness and Vagabond

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The Rattrap( life is always full of traps)
- Selma Lagerlöf
About The Author :
Selma Lagerlof was born in Sweden. She enjoyed reading. During the tenure as a schoolteacher she was able to improve her storytelling skills. Varmland, her home town served as the background for most of her stories. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1909. Her portrait appears as the Swiss currency to Kronor not since 1992. About the Story:

This story revolves around a vagabond who sold rattraps and at times begged and stole. Vagabonds are normally despised by the society. What happens when they are treated like an ordinary respectable human being is the main theme of this story. Introduction:

The vagabond who is often chased by people is welcomed by an old man. In spite of the good nature of the old man the vagabond robs him. He later returns the money due to the good deeds and kind nature of a young lady. Summary:

The vagabond sold self made rattraps. He made the rattraps with wire which he got by begging in the stores or big farms. At times he used to beg and steal, he had a philosophy of his own the entire world was a sort of rattrap. People were lured by the various pleasures of life just as a rat is attracted by cheese or pork. One day he met an old man as he was seeking shelter for the night. He was given hot porridge, tobacco to smoke and they even played cards. The old man showed the vagabond his money pouch and the three ten kroner notes. He slept that at the old man’s house and the next day he left the house with the three notes. He wandered into the forest for fear being caught for his thievery. He lost his way and finally stumbled into Ramsjo Ironworks in search of warmth and shelter. The owner of the Ironworks mistakes him to be an old friend and took him home. The vagabond played along but later requested to go back to the warmth of the forge. The Ironmaster sent his daughter to bring him back. The gentle and kind nature of the young...
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