How was Maggie, the little girl, an angel in disguise for the Thompson family in T S Arthur’s story “An Angel in Disguise”?
Or, How did Maggie transform the lives of Joe and Jane Thompson in the story?
T. S. Arthur’s short story “An Angel in Disguise” deals with a poor little crippled girl called Maggie who was in a sad state after her mother’s death. Though the villagers agreed to took the responsibility of the two other siblings John and Kate, no one bothered to care for Maggie, as she had been sick and bed-ridden for two years due to a fall from a window. Everyone suggested to take the orphan girl to the poorhouse but none took the initiative.
After the funeral of her mother was over, everyone left the place leaving behind Maggie alone. Only one man, Joe Thompson had some feeling for the little girl and he took her home overcoming the fear of her ‘vinegar-tempered wife’.
Naturally, Mrs. Thompson was not happy initially and insisted Joe on taking the girl to the poorhouse. But gradually, she developed a soft corner for the girl. Actually, the Thompson couple was childless and probably years of loneliness made her short-tempered and irritable. Now, the sweetness of the little child, her look of love, patience and gratitude was “honey to her soul”.
… a look of gratitude that awoke to new human life old human feelings which had been slumbering in her heart for half a score of years.
So, Jane Thompson now found the child as a “precious burden” and carried her in her heart as well as in her hand. The girl finally brought a new ray of hope and joy in the woman’s life, as well as in the entire Thompson family. Though Maggie was a mere burden at the beginning, she turned out to be an angel in disguise for the family. The author thus concludes —
An angel had come into his house, disguised as a sick, helpless, and miserable child, and filled all its dreary chambers with the sunshine of love.