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I was first introduced to The Three Army Surgeons via Connolly's The Book of Lost Things. To be quite honest, it was probably one of the most gruesome parts of the book and it really stood out because of the premise of the story. As I was planning for the upcoming weeks, I thought this could be a good tale to get us in the mood for the season of Halloween!
The Three Army Surgeons is a tale of three outstanding surgeons that believe they are so good at their craft that they are willing to cut off their own hand, heart, and eye to prove their talent. The true key was actually a secret healing salve that they carried with them everywhere. Unfortunately, a forgetful inn girl and a cat end up making a grave mistake and each organ ends up being replaced with an alternative. The next morning, the surgeons healed themselves, but soon discovered that something was just not right. How do the surgeons decide to resolve this issue? Read the short tale here to find out!
Considering the premise of the story, I was actually a bit surprised by the mild ending! And, as I read the final word of the tale, I really began to ponder what the moral of the story should be. I could not come up with a good one, but my mind did start thinking about the fine line between confidence and egotism or narcissism in a person's skills. Confidence is a good thing. I would want my surgeon to be confident! However, going beyond confidence and entering the narcissistic or egocentric realm can lead to errors and oversight. I think that the army surgeons fit into this latter category, resulting in the mistake of living without their own original organs. I have a hard time feeling sorry for them! They shouldn't have self-mutilated to prove their point!
Now that I think of it, I've got a moral for you . . . "Modesty is a virtue."
What did you think of The Three Army Surgeons? Did it put you in the mood for the season of scary? Do you have an alternate moral?
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