It was a mixture of pity, kindness, sympathy, and humanism. He and his wife had no kids. Neighbors went hastily to the old tumble-down hut, in which she had secured little more than a place of shelter from summer heats and winter cold: some with grave-clothes for a decent interment of the body; and some with food for the half-starving children, three in number. The accident had rendered her immobile, possibly for life. Thompson to take poor Maggie in, or will the child eventually be tossed away, unwanted and unloved? For Kate, the used clothes brought elegance and grace. An unnamed poor woman dies from excess alcohol consumption. Who wanted a bed-ridden child? She was a transformed lady now — mild, benign, altruistic, and genteel.
She takes food for Maggie into her small chamber and waits for her to finish it. The main theme is, of course, how love conquers all; but other than this there are other small but heart touching topics involved as well; hazards of drunkenness, compassion, humanity, ill-judgement of the society, insecurity felt by kids and of course love. No longer is she as cold as she had been despite initially wanting to see Maggie go to the poorhouse. Maggie becomes their angel in disguise. An Angel in Disguise Theme The story celebrates the theme of love and that love always conquers hate and distrust.
I have mixed feelings because they were aspects that I really enjoyed, and there were aspects that I really did not care for. The narrator has a bias toward the children, especially Maggie, due to her predicament of being an orphan whom everyone is reluctant to take in. What did you bring her here for? So, with little hesitation, he took John with him. Do not republish it without permission. In 1850 his The Lady At Home was published. After considering the matter, and talking it over with his wife, farmer Jones said that he would take John, and do well by him, now that his mother was out of the way; and Mrs. .
Joe waited, after sitting down to the table, for his wife to introduce the subject uppermost in both of their thoughts; but she kept silent on that theme, for many minutes, and he maintained a like reserve. The change was momentous, and it underscored the power of a small spark of kindness in starting a big bright lamp of compassion and fellow-feeling. Maggie is still laying in her bed, alone in the hovel. One important issue raised by the campaign for the banning of alcohol was the huge numbers of men who neglected the needs of their families in favor of drinking in bars and taverns. When later attempts at academic proficiency proved poor on Arthur's part, he embarked on a course of self-education, including an apprenticeship with a Baltimore craftsman, though eye strain caused him to ultimately quit. But the third, and the youngest — Maggie, who has a damaged spine and is fully bed ridden as a result of a fall, gets left behind. She was confined to her bed all the while.
Around the same time he became involved with the Baltimore Athenaeum and Young Men's Paper as editor. Maggie stayed behind in the care of the Thompsons. It's the kind of place where everyone has problems of their own. The villagers think Maggie will be sent to the poorhouse. A young crippled girl who has so much love to offer that it may possibly overwhelm Jane due to the attachment that Jane develops when it comes to looking after Maggie.
It may also be important that Maggie may never see her siblings again nor they may never visit her such is the predicament the children find themselves in. This story has its focus on a bedridden and an orphan girl named Maggie. Thompson had already abandoned the idea of sending Maggie to the poorhouse. His heavy tread about the kitchen brought his wife somewhat hurriedly from the room where she had been with Maggie. Her spine is damaged and so everyone comes to the conclusion that a care house will be best for her. This is not the case for Jane or Joe. The difficult part, he knows, will come when he has to convince his wife.
He was buried in Philadelphia's old Chestnut Street Cemetery. This tone continues as the narrator reveals that the children are orphans, and especially when none of the townspeople are willing to take little Maggie in. He works in the village as a wheelwright, who is a tradesman who makes wooden wheels for wagons and carts. It was during this period that Arthur learned of the Washingtonian Temperance Society and started attending meetings as a journalist, though he soon embraced their vision. Two of them are fit and capable of hard work. It was a spontaneous reaction.
Arthur was a proponent of the movement for temperance, and his short story '' An Angel in Disguise'' has the evils of drinking as one of its messages. Thompson finally get the child they always wanted and Maggie gets the warm and loving family she always deserved. Children's Labor laws begin to be established. The turn of events was remarkable. What he has done with this story has filled my heart with joy. Joe suspects that, with a little time, Jane will warm up to Maggie.
She is written as if having children is the only way for her to have purpose and happiness in her life. Ellis, who had been looking out for a bound girl, concluded that it would be charitable in her to make choice of Katy, even though she was too young to be of much use for several years. Her words were suffused with a deep sense of gratitude and happiness. With tears rolling down her eyes, she beseeched Thompson not to abandon her fate. John was 12, and had muscles strong enough to do farm jobs.