The Far and the Near Questions and Answers
by Thomas Wolfe

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What is the moral lesson in the Story "The Far and The Near"?

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It might be useful to think of "The Far and the Near" as an observation that our realities are shaped by our perceptions. For years, the engineer had observed the mother and child from a distance and made assumptions about them that turned out to be false when he went out of his way to actually meet them. It is fair to say that Wolfe invites readers to question their own assumptions in life and be forewarned that if investigated, those assumptions can lead to disappointment or disillusionment.

The engineer's surprise and deep dismay about his misjudging the...

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