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The confession of an aging salesman to his son, in which he tries to set his life story straight–claiming he did more than just persuade people to spend what they couldn’t afford on what they didn’t need. An evocative story that asks the question: Why do people defeat themselves?
A big family goes on their yearly vacation in the desert and wake up one morning to discover someone stole half of their shoes. Walking barefoot and cursing on the hot sand they try to solve the troubling mystery – who the hell stole their slippers?
In this early and underrated Edith Wharton story, a woman who has just passed away encounters her perfect companion in the afterlife. Cultured and refined, he has all of the qualities she dreamed of in a man while alive. Incidentally, he is not her husband–which leads her to question the nature of love and commitment.