A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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In A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, what are the 3 miracles the old man performed incorrectly according to the townspeople?

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According to the townspeople, the angel makes several mistakes in granting miracles. First, there is a blind man who sprouts three new teeth instead of being able to see again. There is also a leper whose sores are not cured but who instead grows sunflowers out of his sores, and the final flawed miracle is a paralytic who almost wins the lottery instead of being able to walk again. These miracles almost make it seem like the angel is playing with people and making fun of them, and people tire of him because he can't grant the miracles they expect of him.

As a result, the angel loses his popularity to a strange woman who was transformed into a spider after attending a dance without her parents' knowledge. This woman appears in a passing carnival, and she proves far more popular than the eccentric angel.

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The incorrectly performed miracles attributed to the old man according to the people of the town were:

1.  a "blind man who didn't recover his sight but grew three new teeth",

2.  a "paralytic who didn't get to walk but almost won the lottery", and

3.  a "leper whose sores sprouted sunflowers".

These "consolation miracles" were described in "mocking fun" and served to discredit the angel's authenticity and ruin his reputation.

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