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In life, people who easily trust others are sometimes made to look foolish. One should not be too trusting. Describe how Oliver Lutkins made a fool of the young lawyer.

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— Lutkins impressed the lawyer with his friendly manner; led the lawyer to think that the people of the town were trustworthy.

— claimed to know most of the places where Lutkins could be found

— befooled the lawyer

— charged high price for the hack and food

— alerted Fritz, friends and mother not to reveal his identity to the lawyer

— even went to the railway station to see him off

— on his second visit the lawyer learnt that the hack driver himself was Lutkins

— no one should be too trusting

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The lawyer used to work as an apprentice with a law firm. He had to serve summons on witnesses as a part of his job. He was sent to New Mullion to serve summons on Oliver Lutkins, a prime witness in a law case. When he reached the town and was making enquiries about Lutkins, he met a hack driver who was in fact Lutkins and took him to many places like Beincke’s, Gustaff ’s barber shop, Gray’s barber shop, poolroom and his mother’s farmyard. At every place they went in, (first and then when the lawyer went) people said that he had not come there or just missed him by five minutes. The hack driver told the lawyer that Lutkins owed him money also and thus he appeared a genuine and helpful person to the lawyer. Thus Lutkins, very cleverly, fooled the lawyer and he (the lawyer) was not able to complete his work that day.

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