"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 Devil and Tom Walker," a short story by Washington Irving, tells of a man who sells his soul to the devil, known as Old Scratch, in exchange for great wealth. He becomes a usurer, swindling money from other people, until he is old, and the devil comes on a black horse and carries him away.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 characters in Daguio's short story, "Wedding Dance," are a man, Awiyao, and his wife, Lumnay. The story begins during the final moments of their marriage, because Awiyao has left his childless wife to marry another woman, hoping that the new wife bears his children.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 >