A poor little girl was selling flowers on the street. Every day, she carefully arranged them in a tiny bucket on the sidewalk. People were willing to buy them, because her small business was located in a busy place. In addition to that, her flowers were always fresh and beautifully fragrant.
The flower girl watched a beggar who sat across the street. He was quite young, but very run-down-looking and skinny. Passer-bys were reluctant to throw money in his box. They probably thought he was going to spend it on alcohol. The girl saw his sad face every day and in her heart she felt terribly sorry for him.
One day, when she was done selling almost all of the flowers, she went to the man and gave him the last rose. She did not know whether he would accept it. He was probably counting on money, not the poor flower that would soon wither. To the surprise of the florist, the poor man was very happy. He admitted that no one had ever given him such a beautiful gift. For a long time he sat intently and sniffed the flower.
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