Collected Stories - A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Summary & Analysis

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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Summary

During an intense rainy season, Pelayo and his wife Elisenda are overrun with crabs. Pelayo kills so many crabs in their home that he has to carry the dead ones back to the sea. On one trip home from a visit to the sea, Pelayo notices a very old man lying facedown in the mud. The man cannot seem to get up because of his very large wings. The man is dressed as a rag picker and appears very old and scruffy. When they speak to him, he answers in an unknown dialect but with the strong voice of a sailor. A neighbor advises them that the creature is an angel. When word gets out that a real angel is in the home of Pelayo and Elisenda, villagers crowd around and...

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