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How far would one person go to make the truth be known If you know that you are innocent of an accusation do you have to tell all you know Guy de Maupassants character Hauchcome in A Piece of String is the type of character who needs everybody to agree with him to validate his opinion Because of his need to be validated by others Hauchcome makes his situation worse Hauchcome is accused of picking up a pocketbook and is taken to the mayor to be questioned In the beginning of the story Hauchcome picks up a piece of string and doesnt want to be seen committing such a frugal act He knows that a neighbor is watching him so he searches for an object that doesnt exist Most people nowdays wouldnt mind being seen picking up a piece of string The matter isnt really a big deal and a persons reputation isnt at risk for being ruined for such simple act If it were myself that picked up the piece of string I would have picked it up and went about my normal business The mayor calls upon him to be interrogated about the object in question a missing pocketbook and is barely proven innocent Some other person picked it up and returned it After he is questioned and proven innocent Hauchcome insists on proving to everybody he meets that he is innocent of the accused crime It isnt enough for him that he and his accusers know he is innocent so he has to make sure that everybody knows he is By telling everybody he just makes his innocence more questionable I wouldnt have tried to prove and reprove my innocence to every person I knew As long as my accusers and I knew I was innocent that would be good enough for me If somebody else didnt believe me then it wouldnt matter because that person didnt have a say in
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