The Sampler | Essay

Good intentions might not always lead to the best outcomes. Ira V. Morris’ text “The Sampler” is very much an example of that.

Although it might seem nice to do a good deed every once in a while, it could end up hurting or offending somebody. It might even anger somebody.

In the text a good deed with kind intentions, ends up hurting the dignity of an older man in a pudding shop.


In the text the narrator is being told about an old poor man, who comes in to try pudding samples. He feels pity for him, so he offers to buy him a pudding:

“Pardon me, sir, will you do me a favor? Let me purchase you one of these puddings. It would give me such pleasure.”

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