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In a remote shepherds cottage in the hills of England a celebration of a babys birth unto Christ takes place With nineteen or so players including the shepherd and his wife a band that refuses to stop playing and most importantly three influential strangers a life lesson is learned the hard way With open arms three unknown entities are allowed into the shepherds home at a time when food is plenty and the mead is flowing The band plays the players dance two strangers entertain and one abruptly runs away as if seeing a ghost but the players pay no mind The party is however cut short by the sound of a distant horn the symbol of escape A criminal destined to be put to death the following day has escaped the warden and is on the loose among the hills of the herdsmen One of the strangers conveniently the executioner scheduled for the next day riles up the men for a full fledged search for the culprit whom everyone at the party assumes is the third stranger who upon crossing the threshold caught a glimpse of the executioner and therefore ran away The male players take up staffs to search the grounds yet the two remaining strangers are able to slip away after taking a final mug of honey beer and head off on their own selfish ways The players eventually apprehend the third stranger and bring him to the warden who informs them that he is in actuality not the offender but ran off when he recognized the first stranger at the party Due to the players assumptions the first stranger the actual sheep thief and brother of the third stranger got away and was never again incarcerated In Thomas Hardys short story The Three Strangers it is communicated that looks can be deceiving when assumptions are made due to personal appearance and actions through the devises of narrative structure and characterizationThrough the
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