Benet, Stephen Vincent
The transformation and education of the Bishop of Remo are charted in Stephen Vincent Benet's mythical short story. When the bishop's carriage runs into a young poor man, paralyzing him, the bishop is hesitant to interact with him, let alone allow him to become a beggar in his name. But this wry "bishop's beggar," has a plan of his own for the bishop, and by the end of the story the illustrious Bishop of Remo has turned down the prestigious red hat of the cardinal in favor of the company of the impoverished--he has become, in fact, their leader, the "beggars' bishop." How and when this transformation occurs and the ways in which it affects the bishop, the paralyzed man, and the city of Remo are complex and engage us as we ponder themes of charity and leadership.
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The Perfect Gift, ed. A. Kass (Indiana University Press, 2002).
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