Without spoiling it, Leo Tolstoy's short story 'Master and Man' is a great short story with a moving encapsulation of the heart of EA. 

You can read it here:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/986/986-h/986-h.htm

I also highly recommend George Saunders' essay that accompanies the story in his fantastic book A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, titled 'And yet they drove on'.

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I downloaded A Swim in a Pond in the Rain and read "Master and Man" and "And yet they drove on" because of this post.  Thanks for recommending!