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     I had been working for Anil for almost a month and, apart from cheating on the shopping, had not done anything in my line of work. I had every opportunity for doing so. Anil had given me a key to the door, and I could come and go as I pleased. He was the most trusting person I had ever met.
     And that is why it was so difficult to rob him. It’s easy to rob a greedy man, because he can afford to be robbed; but it’s difficult to rob a careless man — sometimes he doesn’t even notice he’s been robbed and that takes all the pleasure out of the work.
     Well, it’s time I did some real work, I told myself; I’m out of practice. And if I don’t take the money, he’ll only waste it on his friends. After all, he doesn’t even pay me.
     Anil was asleep. A beam of moonlight stepped over the balcony and fell on the bed. I sat up on the floor, considering the situation. If I took the money, I could catch the 10.30 Express to Lucknow. Slipping out of the blanket, I crept up to the bed. Anil was sleeping peacefully. His face was clear and unlined; even I had more marks on my face, though mine were mostly scars.
The thief then said that he had worked as a cook for Anil for almost a month. He had not cheated Anil apart from the one rupee that he used to take daily from the shopping. The thief also thinks that he had every chance to steal as Anil had given him the key to his room, and he could come and go whenever he wished. Also, the thief said that Anil had been the most trusting person he had ever met. The reason behind the statement was that people usually wouldn't give that much freedom to the people who cook in their house. Even though the thief came to him before a month, Anil had treated and trusted him well and gave him the keys. This shows the goodness of Anil.

After telling about the goodness of Anil, the thief said because of his love and care, and he couldn't steal anything from him. Also, he says that it was difficult to rob such a good man compared to a greedy person. In addition, he said that it was an easy job to steal from a greedy person because he could afford the loss. Also, the thief says that it was difficult to steal; from a careless man like the narrator because if he steals, sometimes he doesn't come to know that he has been robbed. Moreover, he said that there is no fun left in robbing in such a way.

The thief then decided that he would start with his stealing. He had not robbed anyone for a long time. He also justified his act of stealing Anil's money by telling himself that if he didn't steal it, then Anil would waste it on his friends. He also thought that he had a right over the money as Anil didn't even pay him for his work.

The thief started his work when Anil was sleeping. There was a little light over Anil's bed because of the moonlight coming in from the window. The thief sat on the floor and planned that he could leave the city by the 10:30 pm Lucknow Express train if he took the money. The thief then crawled towards the bed. He looked at Anil, who was sleeping peacefully without a single line on his face. After telling that, he said that his face had so many scars. The scars might be because of the theft he had made. He would have got some injuries while stealing. He realised that although he was much younger than Anil, he had a bad appearance. On the other hand, Anil was carefree and thought good for others, because of which he had such a nice face.
The narrator decided to leave by the Lucknow Express train
Meanings of the difficult words:
Cheating To behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want\
ShoppingThe activity of buying things from shops
Opportunity An occasion or situation which makes it possible to do something that you want to do
TrustAlways believing that other people are good or honest and will not harm or deceive you
Rob To take money or property illegally from a place, organisation, or person
Greedy A strong desire to continually get more of something, especially money
Balcony An area with a wall or bars around it that is joined to the outside wall of a building on an upper level
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). The Thief's Story - Ruskin Bond (pp. 08-13). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.