"The Rattrap" by Selma Lagerlöf: A Story of Redemption and Kindness
"The Rattrap" by Selma Lagerlöf is a heart-warming tale that teaches us about the power of redemption, kindness, and the unexpected ways in which good deeds can be repaid. The story follows a [vagabond ] who comes across an ironworks owner and his daughter and the events that unfold during a Christmas Eve dinner.
One day, the man comes across an old man who offers him shelter for the night in his little cottage. The old man is generous and hospitable , sharing his food, and tobacco, and even playing cards with his guest. During their conversation, the old man reveals that he once worked on the land and now supports himself through the milk from his cow, which he sells to the creamery. The old man is so trusting of the stranger that he even shows the peddler his stash of thirty kronors, and then promptly goes to sleep.