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They came in, pinched from the cold, for they had traveled a long way that day, especially for a woman close to her time. " The wonder in his voice was still fresh despite the long years. "A beautiful baby, so tiny, yet so perfect. I have kept the image of that beautiful mother and her infant son in my mind ever since. " the innkeeper asked the traveler. " In the silence that followed, the innkeeper seemed to have forgotten his guest. The traveler broke the silence. " The innkeeper returned to the present with a start.

The old man looked over at the handful of men at the fireplace. " Page 64 The dishes finished, the two poured themselves more coffee and went back to sit at the table. "You asked if I had family," the old man said. "Long ago, I was married to the most beautiful woman you ever saw. She was kind and gentle, and I thought the sun rose in her eyes. We had a daughter, another beauty like her mother, but without her gentleness. "I was young then, and thought I knew everything about children. I thought that it was important to control children, and to make sure they did what they were told.

Unfolding it, he read a simple note. " It was signed by three people. In all his life, no one had ever thanked the rich man unless they had to. Surprisingly moved, he put the letter in his pocket. " he asked the stableboy. " The rich man knew it could not be much, for the stableboy was one of the lowest of his servants. "Four coins a week, sir," came the quiet reply. " To the rich man, it did not seem enough to buy even the smallest meal. The boy answered simply. "I buy food for my mother. " From his seat on the great horse, the rich man could see his vast holdings of land, his beautiful, many-roomed mansion, his lands under cultivation, his great barns where his horses were well cared for.

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