Beware of Pity is a 1939 novel by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. The main character is the young lieutenant Anton Hofmiller. One day, he is invited to the castle of a rich landowner, where he meets two girls, Edith and Ilona. It turns out that Edith's legs are paralyzed. Anton develops compassion for her, and the girl herself falls in love with the lieutenant. But can compassion grow into a strong feeling, despite the public opinion?