Biedermann is a fairly well-off man who believes that the arsonists who have recently attacked the city should be hanged. When a man who seems suspiciously like he might be an arsonist comes to Biedermann's house, he talks about throwing him out, but he never actually does. Instead, he allows his own guilt over having so much money to convince him to allow this man to stay in his attic. Later, he even allows the man's friend to stay in his attic, even though he catches the two loading barrels of gas into his attic. It's both funny and depressing to see how far Biedermann will go in order to ignore the evidence that his guests are arsonists and convince himself that he is a good person.
This report prepared by Melissa Cookson