2.Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
3.One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon
4.to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
5.His bed was next to the room’s only window.
6.The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
7.Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up,
8.he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things
9.he could see outside the window.
10.The man in the other bed began to live for those onehour periods
11.where his world would be broadened and enlivened
12.by all the activity and color of the world outside.
13.The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
14.Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats.
15.Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow.
16.Grand old trees graced the landscape,
17.and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
18.As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail,
19.the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes
20.and imagine the picturesque scene.
21.Days and weeks passed.
22.One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths
23.only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window,
24.who had died peacefully in his sleep.
25.When all was arranged, the other asked if he could be moved next to the window.
26.The nurse made the switch.
27.Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow
28.to take his first look at the world outside.
29.Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself.
30.He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
31.It faced a blank wall.
32.The nurse said: “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”