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What do the four guests decide to do at the end of the story?

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Posted February 18, 2010 at 12:27 AM via web

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What do the four guests decide to do at the end of the story?

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mstokes | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 18, 2010 at 1:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Dr. Heidegger invites four elderly people to his home. While they are there he claims that the liquid in a particular  vase at his home is water from the mythical Fountain of Youth. He would like their help in an experiment: they drink the water, he sits back andobserves. The guests are clearly sceptical, but they agree. Before they drink, Dr. Heidegger warns them not to make the same mistakes as they did when first young. The guests drink, and they believe they have grown young again. The guests act like fools, and the three men end up wrestling each other for the Widow's attention. In their roughhousing they knock over the vase, which spills the liquid all over the floor.

As  the effects of the potion to wear off, and the four guests find that they are old again. Dr. Heidegger does not regret the spilled elixir; he has learned his lesson by watching his guests, and would not drink the water for anything. The guests, however, have learned nothing, and decide to travel to Forida where they will drink from the fountain of youth.

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