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God Sees the Truth, but Waits by Leo Tolstoy
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Oct 02, 2008

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Oddly enough, there are a lot of parallels between this and Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", but with one focusing on grace, and the other on hope. They both feature a man framed for murdering someone at an inn. The man petitions for his freedom, but eventually resigns himself to his fate in prison. He becomes a go-between for the prisoners and the guards. Then a new prisoner arrives, one who might be able to free the man. An escape plot is hatched involving digging a hole and hiding the dirt in one's clothes so that it can be spread around the grounds when the prisoners are let outside. An old man worries that he has nowhere to go and nothing to do if he is to be released after so many years. Similar, no? They certainly veer in different directions, though, and really this story also resembles almost every other prison tale, I suppose (A Man Escaped comes to mind.)

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