LOVE CAN BIND MORE FIERCELY THAN COMPULSION

Inspirational Stories of Love

During the early days of the nineteenth century a wealthy plantation owner was moved by the heartbreaking sobs of a slave girl who was about to step into the auction block to be sold. Obviously she was not very happy to be sold as a slave. Moved by a momentary impulse of compassion, he bought her at a very high price and then disappeared into the crowd.

When the auction was over, the clerk came to the sobbing girl and handed her bill of sale. To her astonishment, the unknown plantation owner had written "Free" on the paper. She stood speechless, as one by one the other slaves were claimed by their owners and dragged away. Suddenly, she threw herself at the feet of the clerk and exclaimed, "Where is the man who bought me? I must find him! He has set me free!" and further continued...

QUESTIONS
1. What did she say further to the clerk?
2. What is the implication of this story?

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ANSWERS
1. "I must serve him as long as I live!"
2. The gesture of compassion showed by the plantation owner made the girl willing to become a lifelong slave to him. Love can bind more fiercely than compulsion and coercion. This story shows the Power or greatness of love. This may be also putting into a definition of Love.
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Special Love Quote related to Story: "No code or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as Love can do with a single thread"

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