How did the peddler feel after robbing the crofter? What course did he adopt and how did he react to the new situation? What does his reaction reveal?
Immediately after robbing the cobbler, the peddler was very pleased with his own smartness.
He made his escape through the forest for he dared not take the public highway. However, he soon got lost in the woods and realised that he had been walking around in the same area. Left in despair, he recollected his own thoughts on the world being a giant rattrap. A sudden realisation came to him that he had finally got himself caught in the rattrap because he allowed himself to be tempted by the bait, the thirty kronor bills.
This reveals that the rattrap peddler was not a downright evil character. He was a victim of his situation. His conscience was not dead as yet. He had to resort to beggary and stealing because his business was not profitable enough to make both ends meet. His condition of penury does not allow him to be fully righteous.