The crofter was talkative and friendly with the peddler. He was more than happy when he saw him standing at his door because he led a lonely life. He had no family and he lived there alone. He felt elated to have some company and someone to share his things and to confide in. He was a generous host as he offered porridge and tobacco to his guest and played majolis with him.
The old crofter was a lonely man without wife or child. He was generous and compassionate by nature, always in search of a good company. When the crofter saw the wearied peddler at his door, he welcomed him into his house out of compassion. By doing so, he also found a companion to do away with his loneliness for the night. The crofter was extremely generous at serving dinner and cutting tobacco for his guest, the peddler, without once thinking that he might be a thief.
The crofter was suffering from loneliness he had no one to talk to. That night, when the peddler arrived at his door, the crofter found a companion in him with whom he could have a good conversation. This is why the crofter was so talkative and friendly with the peddler.