A White Heron and Other Stories

What happens when people come to the angel looking for miracles.

The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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The angel merely sits there. He is passive and suffering.

The angel was the only one who took no part in his own act. He spent his time trying to get comfortable in his borrowed nest, befuddled by the hellish heat of the oil lamps and sacramental candles that had been placed along the wire. At first they tried to make him eat some mothballs, which, according to the wisdom of the wise neighbor woman, were the food prescribed for angels. But he turned them down....