Who can know the heart of man? For while we look on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. This truth comes to light as Flora is faced with the illusion of her own self-righteousness. Her love of praise has always motivated her to acts of kindness; to be admired for pious sacrifice brings great reward! But is this not vanity?
The story of the Rajah in The Arabian Nights might have induced some much-needed self-discovery, but Flora allows the seed to fall on the stony ground of self-deception. Rather, the powerful words reach the heart and open the eyes of her worldly cousin.
Engage in this story and be changed. Engage fully and be changed forever!