For decades this short story has been stuck in my head. We read it in highschool English class once.
As I remember it, it was about a boy leaving his home to encounter a man who was about to hang himself. I think the man is standing on a chair and preparing the ordeal, when the boy meets him. The boy doesn't understand the situation, so he starts a conversation. Not sure how the story ends...
I remember it as a very beautiful short story, but haven't managed to find it.
Can anybody help me?
I think the word 'penny' was involved.
Does anybody know the story?