Why is Maggie called a ‘precious burden’ in the short story ‘An Angel in Disguise’ by T S Arthur?
He bore a precious burden, and he felt it to be so.
In the above-quoted line Maggie, the sick young girl, is called a precious burden literally as well as metaphorically.
To think literally, for Joe Thompson, it felt like a heavy burden to carry a child. She was precious just because she was a human being, and not a lifeless mass. Metaphorically, the girl was precious too, as she would bring love and happiness to the childless family.