Q. 34.1( 13 Votes )

The story has many instances of unexpected reactions from the characters to others’ behaviour. Pick out instances of these surprises.

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The first instance is that of the crofter’s hospitality to the peddler. The rattrap peddler, expecting he will not be allowed to stay for a night in a cottage but conversely surprised at the friendly behavior of the crofter. The peddler was also surprised at the sudden invitation given by the ironmaster, who was himself shocked to realize his mistake in recognizing the peddler, the next day. Another unexpected reaction, for both the peddler and the ironmaster, is Edla’s consent to seek peddler’s presence for Christmas. However, the most unexpected reaction is the peddler when he leaves the package and the letter for Edla, showing appreciation to the girl’s hospitality and respect for her.


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