By George Barr McCutcheon
This vintage tragicomic story from George Barr McCutcheon transforms everyone’s favourite caviar-and-champagne dream right into a soul-shaking try of distrust and reckless spending
Popular, handsome, and enterprising, Montgomery Brewster is the toast of recent York. whereas celebrating his twenty-fifth birthday between associates, Monty gets note that his grandfather has died. earlier than lengthy, ny is abuzz with the scoop. while Monty inherits $1 million from his prosperous grandfather, out comes a parade of would-be advisers and so-called inventors who promise the area to the skeptical millionaire.
Just as Monty starts off to regulate to his new scenario, another portentous notice comes abruptly: an both filthy rich, enormously eccentric uncle, James T. Sedgwick, has left Monty an extra $7 million. yet there’s a trap: so as to targeted revenge on Monty’s grandfather from the grave, Sedgwick’s will decrees that, with a purpose to inherit the cash, his nephew needs to expend each cent his grandfather toiled to save—and he can inform no one.
George Barr McCutheon’s remarkable tale of fortunes squandered and won, love misplaced and located, and one wild spending spree will pride modern readers.
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But why does it still lie down all the time? Doesn't it walk - about? - - Yes, baas, she's walk. Jacobus, before the neighbouring farmer, agrees with every thin g that Mehring says, rather than gives an in d epe nde n t answer. He stands as if he has been called up in front of a class. Then, as th ou gh demonstrati n g what he h a s been taught, as th ou gh he didn't do this every day when these men who a re wat ching him are not there, he slops the mash with balletic accuracy into the troughs, spre ad s the hay in the byres.
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