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In the short stories The Black Cat and How Much Land Does A Man Need a third abstract party is present that completely affects the outcome of the story without directly doing anything to the other partiescharacters In How Much Land Does A Man Need the third party is the Devil In The Black Cat the third party is alcohol How Much Land Does A Man Need begins with a man of relative innocence a smalltime farmer whos wife brags about how happy they are even without money We may live roughly but at least we are free of anxiety is what she tells her rich sister when the two are discussing ways of living The wifes boastful bragging attracts the attention of the devil He decides he will take it upon himself to corrupt the whos name was Pahom and prove his wife wrong Pahoms life is becoming more and more hard because he does not own his own land He and his wife scrape together enough money to buy a little land This land does very well and Pahom begins to forget where he came from He begins to treat people that are in the position he used to be in badly in a way he did not like to be treated back then He is not well liked in his community anymore Pahom then meets a peasant that tells him where he can get even more land for a good price Pahom is excited by this and begins planning how to get more land As the story progresses Pahoms obsession with money and land becomes more and more apparent It consumes him and his whole life begins to revolve around making and getting more instead of sitting back and enjoying what he has Finally Pahoms search for land and wealth leads him to a village where the chief of the people there promise to give him all the land that he can
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