‘The Beggar’ is a story from Anton Chekov’s ‘The Complete Short Stories collection’. In the story, we see an encounter between an alcoholic beggar and a well to do advocate. The advocate provides the beggar with a job. But it is someone else who actually helps him mend his ways.
Sergei helps Lushkoff only after the latter agrees to chop wood for him. He believes that honest labour will reform Lushkoff. Olga, on the other hand, helps Lushkoff without making demands from him. True, she scolds him with a sharp tongue, but at the end, she chops the wood for him so that he could earn some money. And it is Olga’s this approach towards helping the needy that changes Lushkoff for the better.
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