The old man smiled. "All my life it has been my ambition to finish writing my book, but an ambition realised is like a snowflake in a warm hand. Take away my dream and what would I have left?"
When he died, his pen was still in his hand, the unfinished manuscrpt in front of him. It is said he was smiling happily.
If the story has a moral, it is this: don't take away people's hopes and dreams. Often they are the most precious and best-loved things in their lives.