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The answer to your question is that the short story "David Swan" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is set along a well-traveled road. David is on his way to Boston and chooses to rest in a quiet glen next to a busy road where many travelers see him. The first two sets of travelers would have given him good opportunities to earn his fortune, but David is asleep and they do not wake him. The third set of travelers who stop would have killed David if he had come out of his sleep, but he did not so David lived. Hawthorne always believed that we have and make or miss many opportunities in our lives, and we need to be aware of what is there to choose correctly.
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