Compare and contrast Andrew’s emotional, mental and physical state at the beginning of the story and at the end.

In the beginning of the story, Andrew is physically tired and emotionally upset. He has just returned from a disappointing evening with Christine, the girl he loved. His thoughts are heavy and muddled. What he has witnessed at Cardiff station filled his mind with sadness. Though he thought of marriage a blissful state, he couldn’t help remembering the miserable failure of many marriages.

At the end of the story, he is physically exhausted but emotionally cheerful and mentally alert. His mind is filled with joy and self-satisfaction. He has performed like a magician. He calls upon God as witness that he has done something real at last. This sense of achievement helps him overcome physical fatigue. He has the sense of duty which helps him attend to the patients whole heartedly.

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