In both stories, a mysterious stranger arrives in a village, but the treatment of the stranger differs wildly in each tale.
In "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," a winged creature appears in the town. The priest and the villagers who find him treat him with suspicion and disdain. The priest cannot believe the winged man is a real angel, because the man doesn't understand Latin and his wings are disheveled and crawling with parasites. He seems fairly repulsive to the villagers. The couple that find him exploit him as a freak show novelty, charging people to see him and growing rich enough to buy a big house. When he leaves, he has changed nothing: there is only relief that an "annoyance" is gone.
In contrast, the drowned man who washes on shore in "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World " has a profoundly positive effect on the village. When the women scrape off the barnacles and encrustations on his body, they find this very tall man to be quite handsome. They call him Esteban and...
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