a) Imagine you are Baldwin and your partner is Gresham. Try your best to persuade your partner to confess the truth. Build a conversation describing how both of you would react in such a situation. Work in pairs.
I : Gresham, what you have done is wrong. You have to confess the truth.
Gresham : I admit my crime. But still I offer to repay my customers their deposits.
I : But, still you have done a wrong thing. It is against the law You have cheated your country.
Gresham : Well, my friend. The only way to get rich is by these unfair means only. You sec, we can witness lot of crimes around us.
I : Don’t say like this. You have betrayed your country.
Gresham : No. I run a successful business and I promise to repay my customers.
I : Don’t justify. You are going to bring a heavy loss to our country. It will affect our government’s projects. It is an economical crime. It will affect every citizen, don’t you know?
Gresham : So what? I want to enjoy my life happily.
I : My dear friend, what is happiness? The happiness you think is not permanent. Do your father and mother like this? What about your children, if you are convicted? At last, my simple question “Do you have a conscience? Ask your conscience!”
Gresham : (Starts thinking...) Baldwin, you have touched my conscience. I will repay all the money to the depositors. I am sorry. I won’t do this anymore.
b) A friend in need is a friend indeed’. Does this hold good in all situations? Share your views with your class.
“A friend in need is a friend in deed’ this is a meaningful proverb. But what is the meaning of ‘in need’. It must be a genuine need. It should be socially and legally acceptable. In this story, Gresham has committed a crime. He wants his friend Baldwin to save him. This is not acceptable. Baldwin refuses Gresham’s offer of a hundred thousand dollar. He wants to be true to his conscience. It is more important than friendship. Therefore the proverb “A friend in need is a friend indeed” cannot be true under all circumstances, My dear classmates!