"A Man Who Had No Eyes" is a short story written by American author MacKinlay Kantor. It tells the story of an interaction between Mr. Parsons, a prosperous insurance salesman, and a blind beggar who approaches him on the street.Continue Reading
The story begins with Mr. Parsons leaving his hotel, where he is noticed by a blind man with a disheveled appearance. The blind man begins trying to sell Mr. Parsons a lighter, claiming it's the best lighter ever made. Eventually, Mr. Parsons agrees to purchase the lighter. The two men continue talking, and the blind man relays the story of how he became blind, explaining that he was in an chemical explosion at a workshop 14 years ago. The beggar finishes his story with the declaration that a fellow worker prevented him from escaping the catastrophe by pulling him back and crawling over his body; he claims this worker is responsible for his blindness in an attempt to get more money from Mr. Parsons.
At the end of the beggar's story, Mr. Parsons reveals that he was also in the accident and was in fact the person who was pulled back into the workshop. After calling the beggar by name, Mr. Parsons listens to the beggar's angry diatribe before explaining that the accident also left him blind.Learn more about Literature
"The Stranger" by Albert Camus is the story of a man coming to terms with the indifference of the world. Its protagonist, Meursault, meets an abusive womanizer following the death of his mother and, through his acquaintance with this man, ends up committing a murder. Following his conviction for the crime Meursault is sentenced to death, which leads to him coming to happily accept the pure meaninglessness of life.Full Answer >
In the short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator, Montresor, wreaks vengeance on another man, Fortunato, by luring him deep into wine vaults on the pretext of testing a cask of wine that he claims is Amontillado, a type of Spanish sherry. After shackling Fortunato in a crypt, Montresor uses brick and mortar to build a wall across the passage, sealing Fortunato inside.Full Answer >
"The Drunkard" by Frank O'Connor is a short story narrated by Larry Delaney, a man who recollects an incident from his childhood in Ireland. Asked by his concerned mother to accompany his father, a drunkard, on a visit to a public house, Larry is the one who ends up getting drunk.Full Answer >
Written by Manuel Arguilla, "How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife" is the story of a man introducing his city-born wife to his more provincial family. Told from the perspective of Leon's younger brother Baldo, the short story follows the wife Maria's discovery of the peculiarities of country life in contrast to her own home, hinting at the insecurities and fears she is willing to face to join Leon.Full Answer >