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Young Paul commits himself to bring fortune to his unwealthy family, and win the love of his mother, who feels in herself the “centre of her heart go hard.” A fantastic, heart-rending story about luck, faith, and what is obviously most important – money.
Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised.
In the course of the five or six years I spent in Russia I was several times killed and liquidated by various organizations and individuals. When I returned home to Czechoslovakia I found I had been hanged three times, shot twice, and quartered once by wild Kirghiz insurgents near Lake Kale-Yshel. Finally I was definitely stabbed to death in a wild brawl with drunken sailors in one of the Odessa taverns.
Carlos sees a story in his dream and is desperate to get it down on paper, but it seems the entire Universe is set on getting in his way. Will he finish the story? What consequences will he have to face?
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