The father, Thord, celebrates the baptism of his son. The priest says that Thord’s son will be a blessing to him. The father celebrates his son’s confirmation. The father celebrates the forthcoming marriage of his son. The father mourns his son’s death by drowning shortly thereafter and before the marriage. He leaves money with the priest to invest it in his son’s name for the poor. The priest says that his son is now a real blessing to his father.
Fifty Great European Short Stories.” Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.