The peddler declined the invitation of the ironmaster but accepted the one from Edla. Why?

The peddler declined the invitation of the ironmaster but accepted the one from Edla. Why? [CBSE Delhi 2015]

Answer: The peddler was afraid as he was carrying stolen money with him. The peddler knew that the ironmaster had mistaken him for an old regimental comrade and feared that the ironmaster would send him to the police. He felt as if he was walking into a lion’s den. He didn’t want to go there. He only wanted to spend the night in the forge. He wanted to sneak away in the morning unnoticed. Then he thought of the thirty kronor. They were bait and he couldn’t resist the temptation. However, he accepted Edla’s invitation as she spoke kindly to him. She realised that he was afraid. Therefore, she assured him that no harm would come to him and he was at liberty to leave whenever he wanted. The compassionate manner of the daughter won the confidence of the peddler who agreed to go to her home.


The peddler declined the invitation of the ironmaster but accepted the one from Edla. Why?


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